Coyote Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Murrieta, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Head south on Hwy 15, right on Clinton Keith Road, it's around a mile past the visitors centers. Hidden Valley Trail Head is just a vacant lot without any structure on the right side of the road, dedicated as trailhead parking.
If you go from the Hidden Valley parking lot on the Coyote Trail and then to the Trans-Preserve Trail you will come to the Oak Tree Trail. This trail loops through a grove of Engelmann oaks, some of which are over 300 years old and pre-date De Anza and the Spanish explorers. These ancient Oaks, groves of which once dotted the landscape from Los Angeles to northern Baja California, have almost entirely been wiped out by development. In fact this may be the last grove of old growth Engelmanns anywhere. They have a spooky, Gothic look which can be downright frightening in the right light. Yet there's something very ancient about them and knowing that they were among the last of their kind made me feel like I was in a time warp. I almost expected Zorro to come galloping out along the trail. The overcast skies lent an air of mystery to the walk. A very short but very rewarding hike…
I hike at the Santa Rosa Plateau every week, and I always start out on the Coyote trail. I've started in the Hidden Valley Road before, but this trail is just much more satisfying for beginning a hike! The little hill in the beginning is a nice mini warmup and then you get some nice views. The other day there was a small aircraft doing tricks over the plateau and I got the perfect view on this trail! Every time I have come back to the parking lot using this trail after the sun has set I always hear coyotes. So, this trail loves up to its name! There is no shade, so it can get hot in the summer months.
This trail looks like it is never used and it is very close to the main road.