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With its vast and extensive network of trails, Murrieta is a hotspot for some of Southern California’s most scenic and varied mountain biking experiences. What may come as a surprise, however, is the city’s appeal to cyclists who prefer hard surfaces to the dirt and dust. Murrieta’s infrastructure has made the city bike-friendly, which is clear in its wide and well-kept roads, minimal traffic, ease of access and plethora of bike lanes.

Points of interest

Santa Rosa Plateau
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

Covering nearly 10,000 acres, the reserve showcases rare and unique natural features, including Engelmann Oak woodlands and native grasslands. Its vernal pools are home to tadpoles, garter snakes and fairy shrimp, which are exclusive to the reserve.

Sylvan Meadows

This dog-friendly trail doesn’t skimp when it comes to mountain views, wildlife and meadows. Rated as moderate, Sylvan Meadows is also popular among horseback riders and families. A $3.00 day use fee is required for access.

Engelmann Oak Loop Trail

Appropriate for all skill levels, Engelmann Oak Loop Trail is a favorite of hikers, runners, horseback riders and mountain bikers alike. Known for its light traffic, this trail offers scenic views and is recommended for children of all ages

La Alba Trails

Offering both single and double tracks, jumps and tight corners, La Alba Trails is ideal for mountain bikers looking to get their hearts racing. With challenging terrain and steep hills, this trail is recommended for intermediate-to-advanced riders.