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Murrieta’s Mediterranean climate guarantees easy access to its vast network of hiking trails for enjoyment year-round. Hikers have miles of terrain and features at their disposal,  including meadows, shady woodlands, historic adobes, pools, waterfalls and more. Visitors can expect to see a landscape teeming with a variety of flora and fauna ranging from vibrant wildflowers and insects to mammals and colorful birds.

Points of interest

Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Plateau Trail

This scenic loop is a favorite among bird watchers and wildflower fanatics alike. A moderate hike, this trail is ideal between March and October. The total length of the loop is 7.1 miles with an elevation gain of 715 feet.

Tenaja Falls

This short and moderate “out and back” hike culminates at a beautiful waterfall and pools. Great for older children and dog-friendly, this trail is 2.2 miles long with an elevation gain of 344 feet. Access road is narrow and rocky.

Cole Canyon Trail

This 1.7 mile-long loop offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Appropriate clothing is recommended due to overgrown brush and lack of shade. Hikers can expect an elevation gain of 232 feet. Dogs are not allowed.

Vernal Pool Trail

Gaze in wonder at impressive peaks and abundant wildlife while visiting the only natural basalt pools in S. California on this family-friendly loop. This trail has a use fee – $3 for children and $4 for adults. Dogs are not allowed.


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