Nature Hike Trails in Riverside California

Nature Hike Trails in Riverside California
For the Outdoors
Now that the sun and heat are slowly creeping away, the outdoor activities you’ve been trying to do are now a bit easier. If you find yourself longing to get out into the wilderness or just become a bit more active, we could help you out with that. Whether you are just a beginner or advanced hiker, these trails will be enjoyable to spend some time in with company or for that solo time to take some stress off your shoulders. Below are a few spots around the Riverside and Jurupa area to enjoy. 
When it comes to Riverside and trails, Mount Rubidoux is definitely one for the books. This trail could be easily spotted heading East on the 60 freeway through it’s a giant white cross and American flag waving high above the mountain. The top of the mountain is also a favorite spot due to the oldest outdoor Easter sunrise service in the United States, first held in 1909, and the city’s annual 4th of July fireworks display. If you are looking for a moderate hike, this is a spot to try out where not only will you get a good workout but at the same time, get a beautiful view of the Riverside area and its neighbor cities. The 4 mile hike has multiple entrances depending on how hard of a hike you are looking for. One entrance by the newly constructed park Ryan Bonaminio Park, which is also the ideal place to park to avoid that ticket, would let you experience the full trail the mountain has to offer. If you are looking for a more extreme entrance, you could head west of the mountain and begin the hike by the parking for the Carlson Dog Park up the side of the mountain. 
If you are looking for a simple trail to go for a run or long walks, the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park Trail is one for you. Open to the public, the many criss crossed trails it supplies can keep you walking for hours and lets you personalize the path you would like to take. Known for having no shade, this is definitely not for the faint of heart on a sunny day, but it is a nice walk to enjoy some peace and quiet instead of the hustle and bustle of Riverside. Here you’ll also come across some wildlife plants as well as animals such as coyotes, rabbits, snakes, and most definitely lizards. If you are more of a biking type of person, this trail is more of an interest toward that. The many hills and flat trails are ideal for bikers trying to get a good workout in. Keep in mind, it is a shared trail with hikers that prefer to walk. 

Graffiti Waterfall


For a more unique trail to take, you could try out the Graffiti Waterfall’s trail which has both the beauty of art as well as nature. Here you’ll find yourself caught up in the world of graffiti artist risking their limbs to get their mark on these rocks, or even trying to leave their art on scraps of metal found on the floor. If you are looking to escape the city as well as keep a part of it with you, this is the hike for you. You could either choose to take a short cut and climb up the rocks to get to the waterfall, or you could continue down the dusty trail that is just as intriguing. Just be aware that the rocks can be slippery so don’t let the art distract you enough to lose your balance. 
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National Day of the Deployed & Pumpkin Day

National Day of the Deployed & Pumpkin Day

Hey, Everyone, It’s October 26th and do you know what is celebrated today? Well, don’t worry I’m here to help. Join me for a quick holiday update on paying tribute to the men and women serving our country deployed overseas. Also I provide you with some valuable pumpkin recipes to celebrate national pumpkin day.

National Day of the Deployed

Throughout the many years, the U.S. has been the U.S, there has always been those brave men and women who go out and serve our country by defending it. We all know a family member, a friend, a friend of friend, but for certain we have come across someone that has been in the situation of sacrificing their life, or having to leave their family as they go out to keep them safe. Today we come together to take acknowledge of the courage they had and to let them know we are supporting them and waiting for their return. Starting back in 2006 in the state of North Dakota today was just another day till the Governor Hoeven took the idea a local citizen, and began the tradition to honor those who left with a day marked just for them. After 6 years of trying to spread the day to everyone, on October 26th, 2012 all 50 states came together and marked this as being National Day of the Deployed. So if you know anyone waiting for their family member or friend to return, let them know we are here for them by letting the day be in honor for the deployed.
National Pumpkin Day

We all know the pumpkin is a favorable decoration for autumn and for the delicious use of the inside, but did you know today we also celebrate this plant? That is right, today marks the day we commemorate the pumpkin. So what better way to do that, than to head to your local store and buy yourself a pumpkin to carve out with the kids and practice to make some delicious recipes for the upcoming holiday in November? Below you’ll find some recipes to make use of those insides as well as some pumpkin patches in case you want to have that pumpkin picking experience a lot more entertaining.

Sally’s Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins


  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (340g) canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk, at room temperature2

Crumb Topping

  • 3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1
  • 6 Tablespoons (86g) unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners. This recipe makes 15 muffins, so prepare a second muffin pan in the same manner. Set aside.
  2. Make the muffins: In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together until combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs and milk together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then fold everything together gently just until combined and no flour pockets remain.
  3. Spoon the batter into liners, filling them almost full.
  4. Make the crumb topping: Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice together until combined. Stir in the melted butter until crumbs form. Spoon crumbs evenly on top of the batter and gently press them down into the batter so they’re snug.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 16-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 21-22 minutes, give or take. Allow the muffins to cool for 10 minutes in the muffin pan as you make the icing. *For mini muffins, bake for 11-13 minutes at 350°F (177°C) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Aimee’s Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 large banana
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • 6 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar (or honey would work too), add more if you like it sweeter
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • pinch nutmeg and whipped cream, optional garnish


  1. In a blender (I love this one, it does a great job crushing the ice), combine pumpkin, banana, ice, yogurt, spice, agave nectar and milk. Pulse until smooth!
  2. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and pinch of nutmeg. ENJOY!

Pumpkin Patches near Jurupa Valley

Venegas Family Farms

13835 Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA 91762

The Pumpkin Factory


CORONA, CA 92879

Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Patch And Christmas Trees

12400 Limonite Ave.

Eastvale, CA 91752

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National Chocolate Cupcake Day

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

That’s right chocolate lovers, we have a day dedicated to some delicious treats that we could eat

and celebrate about as well! Here are a few recipes gathered from different food blogs that will

definitely have you to commemorate this day as one your favorites.

Jamielyn Nye’s Best Chocolate Cupcake Ever Recipe

For 20-24 cupcakes:


 1 box (15 ounce) devils food cake mix

 1 (5.9 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding (dry)

 4 eggs

 3/4 cup canola oil

 3/4 cup hot water

 8 oz sour cream

 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 325°.

In a large bowl combine the cake mix and chocolate pudding.. Stir until combined. Next mix in

the eggs, canola oil and water. Stir in the sour cream and then chocolate chips.

2. Pour cake mix into the cupcake liners (about 3/4 the way full). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until

they Spring back when touched. Do not overcook. You can also test with a tooth pick to make

sure the centers are cooked all the way through.

3. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool on a cooling rack

As for the top off, you could go ahead and put what frosting you fancy to finish it off. cupcakes/

Ashley’s Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

For 18 cupcakes


For the Chocolate Cupcakes:

 3 tablespoons coconut OR canola oil

 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, not packed

 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

 1 teaspoon baking powder

 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

 1/2 teaspoon salt

 2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature

 1 cup granulated sugar

 1 teaspoon vanilla

 1/2 cup full fat sour cream

 1/2 cup hot coffee OR hot water

 18 peanut butter cups (I used the full-sized ones, but think the minis would work, too)

For the Peanut Butter Frosting:

 1 and 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

 1 cup (2 stick) unsalted butter, very soft

 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 3 cups confectioners' sugar

 1/4 teaspoon salt

 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream

 9 peanut butter cups, cut in half (I used the full-sized ones, but again, minis could work


For the Chocolate Cupcakes:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a 12-cup cupcake/muffin tin with cupcake liners

and lightly spray the liners with non-stick spray (optional but it does help them peel right

off). Set aside.

2. Melt the oil, butter, and chocolate together in the microwave, heating in 30 second

increments, stirring between. *You can also melt the oil, butter, and chocolate over very

low heat on the stove top, but I find the microwave to be much easier. Whisk mixture

completely smooth and set aside to cool.

3. In a medium-sized bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and

salt; stir together until thoroughly combined and set aside.

4. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, yolk, sugar and vanilla together; beat until smooth.

Add the cooled oil/butter/chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Add half of the flour

mixture, then half of the sour cream. Repeat the process until everything is added, and be

sure to mix until JUST combined. Quickly stir in the hot coffee/water. It's important not to

over mix, here! Just stir until evenly combined.

5. Scoop 2 tablespoons of batter into the bottom of each cupcake tin, press a peanut butter

cup into the batter, then top with another 3 tablespoons of batter; each cupcake mold

should be 3/4 full. You will have leftover batter (enough to make another 6 cupcakes).

6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool

completely before frosting.

For the Peanut Butter Frosting:

7. Using an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter and butter on medium-speed until

completely smooth. Beat in vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and add in the remaining

ingredients, beating until fully incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high and beat the

frosting for 1-2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

8. Once the cupcakes are cooled, spread or pipe the frosting on top then press half of a

peanut butter cup on top. peanut-butter- cupcakes/

Amy’s Marshmallow Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes

For 12 cupcakes


 1¼ cups flour

 ½ cup cocoa powder

 ¾ teaspoon soda

 ¼ teaspoon salt

 1 cup sugar

 1/3 cup vegetable oil

 1 egg

 1 teaspoon vanilla

 ¾ cup buttermilk

 ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

 (12 large marshmallows)


1. Combine dry ingredients.

2. Beat together sugar, oil, egg and vanilla.

3. Whisk in  dry ingredients and buttermilk, alternating, begining and ending with the dry

ingredients. Beat until smooth.

4. Stir in chocolate chips.  Scoop into prepared muffin pan.

5. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back lightly when touched.

6. After cooling 5 minutes spoon or scoop small indent in center of cake and insert large

marshmallow. Marshmallow Stuffed Cupcakes! recipe/

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Things To Do In Riverside California This Halloween

Things To Do In Riverside California This Halloween

As we near Halloween more and more options on what to do on your free day are coming up. Here are a few spots to hit up if you are in the mood for a scare or just a fun and family friendly event:


Date: October 27-28 th

Location: 3746 University, Riverside 92501

Admission: $15

At the Ghost Walk Riverside you could find 4 different tours, all different in their own way,

where various writers, storytellers, actors, musicians, and vocalists from all over come together

to collaborate. Each one has different level of fear so if you are just looking to entertain the

kids, they got you covered, or if you are looking for a bit more of frightful one them you could

try them all out and get a good spook toward the end. Live entertainment will also be a part of

the walk including UCR’s Taiko Ensemble which is a traditional form of drumming with the large

drums in a group known as kumi-daiko. The event will also have a kid’s carnival with games, and

kid’s Halloween costume contest from ages 10 and below. If you are hungry there will be food

vendors around as well little boutiques to keep you busy.

Mistress Yvonne’s Haunted House

Date: October 27-29 th , and October 31st

Location: 19206 Bergamont Drive, Riverside 92508

Admission: Free

Looking for something free to do? For the past 10 years the owner of Y Karaoke Kompany has

held multiple mazes on her property ranging from the faint of heart to the fear seekers. Each

room has a different theme and as for this year, the themes will be Fool’s Funeral Home,

Zombiesteria, The Lost Mummy’s Tomb, Circus De Kill, The Morgue, The Meat Locker, Love

after Death, the Butcher Shop, Freddie’s Junk Yard, and more! If you have children to worry

about, no worries here, there will be options for them where the ghouls and goblins are

controlled when popping out as to not scare the faint of heart.

Happy Hauntings Halloween Activities

Date: Saturday and Sundays throughout October

Location: Castle Park

3500 Polk Street

Riverside, CA 92505

Admission: $20

Castle Park has an event from 3pm-5pm for your little one, Happy Hauntings Halloween

activities will offer plenty of fun activities for the children, and including pumpkin painting, a

costume contest, as well as a great trick-or- treat street. Up and running this year will be their

House of Halloween where kids 12 and under can go into a friendly Halloween maze and get

special treats!

Field of Screams – The Haunted Stadium

Dates: October 6-31 st (selected dates)

Location:  500 Diamond Dr, Lake Elsinore 92530

Admission: $20

If you are interested in something a bit more on the adult side, you could find all that at Field of

Screams. Children below 12 are welcome, but are recommended to come in with a parent or

guardian. At the Field of Screams you will find 4 all new mazes, each one as scary as the next.

Devour, Witch Way, High Lake, and The Damned all have a unique theme which gives you a lot

to walk through. For an additional $10 you could enjoy the just added Zombie Outbreak Laser

Tag, which provides realistic prop weaponry and has you out and about trying to survive a

zombie attack. If you are looking for a drink to calm your nerves you will also find that this even

is one of the few maze attractions to provide beer for you.

Human Roast House

Date: Open Thursday- Sunday all through October, and Halloween Day

Location: Corner of University Ave. and Maine St. in Downtown Riverside

Admission: $10- $25

As you walk through the house, you are given a look into the mind of a fictitious serial killer

Austin Reed Trebbe. Here you’ll meet with his victims and see the clowns that pushed him to

the edge of murder. As you dive deeper into the maze, you’ll come to the horror of who these

victims were and who will be his next. Due to graphic scenes across the maze, children are

recommended to come with an adult.

Halloween Riverside Light Show House in Riverside

Date: Thursday through Sunday Until Halloween

Showtimes: 7PM, 7:45PM, and 8:30PM

Location: Orange Terrace Park


5299 Haldor Drive Jurupa Valley California 91752 Open House

2 Story Home with a Pool Open in Jurupa Valley California Open House has 3/4 Acre Land 
Saturday October 21st
1PM – 3PM
Celina Vazquez Realtor / Broker presents this beautiful Two-Story home with 2,361 Square Feet of living space and 27,878 Square Feet lot, featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3-car garage and gorgeous swimming pool.
Located in one of the highly desirable areas of Jurupa Valley, Sky Country Community. A Horse Property Area!  Enjoy the best of both worlds, in this unique community that is horse-friendly, properties with big lots near urban areas the freeway and shopping.
This gorgeous two-story has been upgraded with all new tile floors in the first level. Double door entry and gleaming wood floors on the second level.  Cherry Oak kitchen cabinets, granite kitchen counter, and stainless steel appliances.
A Gorgeous floor plan that is light and bright throughout, large family room with cozy fireplace and open concept to the kitchen area.
Master bedroom is spacious with gleaming wood floors, double closets and remodeled bathrooms with granite counters and tile showers and new plumbing and light fixtures.
The beautiful deck that is built from side to side of the house to enjoy the large backyard and overlooking the sparkling blue swimming pool.
HUGE… backyard perfect for entertaining and to have all your toys, horses, RV and anything that you want.

Sky Country Community is a very special ranch-style home located right next to Eastvale and all the homes are built with half of acre or larger lots. This beautiful community is surrounded by recreation facilities that suit every phase of outdoor activity, riding, boating, camping, hiking and golfing. You are within an easy driving distance of lakes, rivers like the Santa River, desert and mountain resorts.
This is a unique community in that there are many horse-friendly properties and big lots near urban areas, the freeways, and shopping. Most horse properties in other areas require a lot of travel to get to the amenities that you need, simply because all those large lots are located far from the city. There’s no need for that! In Sky Country, you can get the best of both worlds – a sprawling lot of a country ranch just a stone’s throw from all the important urban locations that you need to access. Banking, shopping, groceries, schools, and more are within easy reach.

#SkyCountry is a ranch-style community conveniently located with the close proximity of the 15, 60, 10 and 91 freeway. Its location is very advantageous for business commuters who travel to major employment to #Riverside, #SanBernardino, Los Angeles and Orange County. The #Metrolink station-running rail serves to the greater Los Angeles area. #SkyCountry Community offers large estates size lots and are #equestrian #properties in a rural environmental but within minutes from the city. #Laramore Park is an #Equestrian Park located inside of #SkyCountry Community which facility is available for you to drop-in use and can follow the #horse trails across Sky Country. The Santa Ana River is within minutes, which has a facility available to park your truck and trailer for the day and access the horse trails along the river. #JurupaValleyHighSchool, #MiraLoma Middle School, and #SkyCountry Elementary are the schools designated to the Sky Country Community. #Wineville &  #Vernola #Family #Park are located within minutes of the house. The #Eastvale Gateway shopping center is a power center with stores like #HomeDepot, Best Buys, #Target, #Homegoods, #DressBarn and fine #restaurants for dining like #Carino’s Italian Restaurant, #OnTheBorder, #PacificFishGrill and Applebees are just less than 2 miles away. The #Vernola Shopping Center with stores like #Kirkland, Lowe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ross, are just 2 minutes away from this gorgeous home. The Big League Dream Park is another park just around the corner from Sky Country and right next to Jurupa Valley High School. Horse communities are scattered throughout the #InlandEmpire and #SkyCountry Community is one of them. In a city where lot sizes have shrunk steadily for the past two decades, this is a great opportunity to obtain your #SkyCountry, #JurupaValley home with great land. Contact #CelinaVazquez at 909-697-0893 to schedule a showing.



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City Information: Riverside California By Celina Vazquez

Schools – When it comes to schools, Riverside has you covered with various options all over the city from intermediate schools such as Amelia Earhart Middle School to the popular University of California Riverside which was rated #29 on Time Inc.’s Money Magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money 2017.” Riverside is also one of the two cities in the state to have a California School for the Deaf, which provides education from K-12.
What is there to do – With a museum around every corner showing local art to history and military you could spend hours indoors enjoying the lessons each piece has waiting for you. You won’t be short of seeing historic landmarks either. You could find something from the past all over the city. Such as the Mission Inn which has housed many people since 1876. Kept beautifully intact all these years, it is certainly a romantic walk about location. Located right on the Santa Ana River, just off the 60 Freeway, you could find Mount Rubidoux which gives off a full 360 view of the inland empire as you head up the trail. A very popular spot for the outdoor type and for the giant cross and flag waving high, visible to public below. You could also have a peaceful day at the California Citrus Historic Park, which is a 377-acre park dedicated to conserving California’s citrus heritage, with guided tours to let you know all about the land. If you’d like to take a seat and watch that movie everyone is talking about, you could head over the multiple cinemas and the drive in, or to the Fox Performing Art Center if you are in the mood for a play or musical. If love to shop Riverside has the malls to cover you. The Galleria at Tyler has a range of stores that could keep you busy all day. From Aldo to Barns and Noble, you could easily find what you are looking for here.
Eats – When it comes to food Riverside has a very wide diverse pallet. Close to Riverside City College, you could head to downtown Riverside and find multiple shops and different restaurants to try out. If you are looking for a sweet, head to Casey’s Cupcake or if you’re more in the mood for a coffee with a muffin or non sugar based snacks you could find that at Back to the Grind. If Italian food is on the mind you could head to Mario’s Place which offers a nice patio seating with some late nigh jazz music. Located around the UCR campus, you could find even more food spots with an even more diverse option. Such as the Frice Szechuan Restaurant, this will have you full on dumplings and Chinese food. If you are more on the vegetarian side, you could go over to the local Pho shop, Pho Vinam Restaurant. Sandwiches and soups are also an option at the Sub Station if you would like a quick bite to eat or a more casual eat. If you are looking for restaurants that are more common, yet just as good, the Riverside Plaza will have you covered. There you could find Johnny’s Burgers, Blaze Pizza, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, and even Panera Bread. If you’re feeling a bit more on the full-service type of restaurant it’ll have you covered as well with Ooka Japanese Restaurant. Riverside will definitely have you covered if you are in the mood for a good bite with its unusual to usual restaurants located all over the city.
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