Summary: This loop hike takes in much of the west end of the preserve. From the trailhead, take the left hand trail 1/4 mile, turn right on the Trans-Preserve trail. Stick with this trail until you reach the Vernal Pools trail. Turn left to the pools, the most crowded area on the preserve. Continue off the mesa about 1 mile to the historic ranch adobe, where you can picnic and relax under a huge Live Oak tree. From the adobe, take the Punta Mesa trail towards Monument Hill. Watch for the left branching trail just before the main trail; a dirt road, angles right. Take the left fork down off the hill to another dirt road and a stream crossing. When you arrive at a gate, look for the start of the Trans-Preserve trail, which you follow until you see your original path coming in from the right. Turnright to the trailhead.
Trailhead: Take I-15 south from Corona, CA heading for San Diego. Shortly after passing the city of Lake Elsinore, exit at Clinton Keith road. Turn right and drive west. There are three trailheads, one at the Visitors Center, the Hidden Valley TH used on this hike, and a final TH near the Vernal Pools up on top of the mesa. (Lat:33.52722 Lon:-117.283)
Trail Guides for Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Preserve:
Santa Rosa Plateau Home Page
by Stacy Boyle and Scott Norman ()
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: The Nature Conservancy 909-677-6951
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Lorin John, who has posted 2 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by sc on 4/11/2012
Reviewed by Estefania on 4/30/2011
Went today, 4/30/11, and did the 6-mi loop from Coyote to the Vernal Pools, Adobe Houses, and back around on Lomas Trail. Saw animals: birds, tarantulas, ground squirrels, and pocket gophers! It was nice and breezy today, and wildflowers are still out.
Reviewed by crh on 3/29/2011
Drove out there to hike with a friend this past Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 3:30pm, but the gates were closed and one was locked.
Reviewed by mmr on 3/20/2011
Beautiful, saw a mountain lion last year and a coyote. Yesterday spotted coyote and all kinds of birds.
Reviewed by Anthony on 3/11/2011
Did a 10 mile loop starting at the Hidden Valley TH and hiked the Los Santos Trail to the Vernal Pools, then over to the Adobes, across the Punta Mesa Tr and up to Monument Hill before taking the Lomas Tr to the Oak Tree Tr and Trans Preserve Tr. Beautiful Day, nobody around. See my video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB2AgHfoE3U or photos http://tinyurl.com/465tcos.
Reviewed by David L. on 1/19/2011
One of my favorite hiking spots in So Cal. The boardwalk to the Vernal Pools is closed but you can still get a good look at them. You can see some more pictures and my trip report here.
Reviewed by TS on 3/14/2010
Entire family has hiked this trail several times. Especially, like the short Vernal Pool trail for my 2 year old and teen ager w/disabilities. Trail is well maintained and wheelchair/stroller accessable as long as you've got a little muscle along to help with the rough spots. There's also a great ranger led hike available at visitor station on weekends. Does get warm later in the day, so go early or pack sunscreen and water. We do the Vernal trail and head back to ranger station for a picnic lunch. Then we just wander on one of the short loops near the visitor's center until the kids poop-out.
Reviewed by KS on 9/22/2009
I used to run 13 miles there every Saturday for my cross country team. The landscape is beautiful and the trails are great! There is a large variety of different paths to take including everything from a stroll in the park or a hardcore workout (Switchbacks). This is a great place to get away from the stress of everyday life and enjoy the beauty of nature!
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