Summers can be hot in Southern California, but that’s no excuse to stay holed up indoors. It’s still beautiful here! One way to beat the heat and still enjoy the outdoors is to find some water. This week we’re highlighting a local “natural wonder”: Graffiti Waterfall.
…OK, it’s only sort of natural. The graffiti obviously isn’t. But all together it’s an awesome destination.
Graffiti Waterfall is located in nearby Riverside. It’s near Lake Hills Reserve, and in fact you’ll see a sign for that if you attempt the hike. Please note that Lake Hills Reserve is not a park or wildlife preserve; it’s a neighborhood. If you attempt this hike, please stay off private property and be a good neighbor.
The hike follows a path with some slopes and a minor climb. 15 to 20 minutes after you start, you’ll arrive at the destination: a respectable waterfall descending into a shallow stream.
Waterfalls aren’t particularly common in Southern California. The waterfall itself is a highlight. But what makes this destination unique is the graffiti. You’ll encounter tags and paint scattered along the trail to the waterfall, and the falls themselves are heavily painted. Enjoy the creativity of anonymous artists while you relax in the cool of the water.
Yelp recommends navigating to 3339 Lincoln Avenue, Riverside, CA, to begin your hike. You’ll see the neighborhood sign and a trail to the left. Follow the trail, the drain, and the tags to reach the destination.
You’ll burn a few calories on this hike. Make up for what you’ve lost with a great meal from The Field House Restaurant. Our inspiring, seasonal menu has something for everyone. If you haven’t tried us yet, what are you waiting for? See you soon!