Tenaja Falls Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews

Tenaja Falls Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

4.5 miles 612 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Temecula, CA: Travel Interstate 15 to the Clinton Keith Road exit and go west, then south on Tenaja Road for a total of 9.9 miles. Turn right at sign that points to Cleveland Forest Rd. Continue 5 miles to trailhead. Then continue 4.3 miles to the falls.

11 days ago

Easy hike great and relaxing. The weather was cool and we were pretty high up. Beautiful views. We took 3 dogs and 1 pup...too much fun. ENJOY

14 days ago

great hike but no water fall

hiking
1 month ago

Took the yellow dog with us, followed him onto a side trail & ended up doing a bit of bush whacking to get back on the main trail up to the falls. Pretty easy hike, we'll definitely have to go back after a good rain & see the falls when they aren't dry!

2 months ago

Easy, quick, scenic hike most anyone would be able to do. Little actual water at the falls because of the drought.

4 months ago

Great trail. No water fall on 6-10-16. We will be back.

6 months ago

Cool place to hang just be sure to watch out for mountain lions. Also not a whole lot of water but during the rain is amazing

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, lots of ups and downs, half shade and half sun. Not any water except for a trickle at the falls. Some good camping spots a Fishermans or farther near the falls.

If you want to make this a longer trip (9 miles) you can start from the Fishermans trail and take that all the way to the falls.

6 months ago

8 months ago

There is a incline so be prepared sometimes the trail can be washed out so make sure you cross water and go up side of mountain. Great spot!

hiking
8 months ago

Trail was fun liked the long single car road to get there very cool views. Dogs loved playing in the water the hike wasn't bad not very long either spent more time playing in the water good trail though will definitely be back. The directions though took me to the complete opposite side

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Fun! Hiked in from Fishermans camp. Very pretty in the spring. A little rocky at times, and sometimes the trail appears to disappear, but overall very well taken care of trails & well marked.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty nice hike up to Tenaja Falls...which is just a bit more than a trickle most of the time. Did the hike with 3 dogs without any problem. Kids had fun exploring at the top of the falls.

hiking
10 months ago

First time up Tenaja Trailhead and I had a great time. The hike to the waterfull is very short and an easy hike there. the trail to the waterfall is a little under a mile and only took about an hour to get there. I did not get to see a huge waterfall but it was still a beauty. since it was a short hike we kept walking off a smaller beaten path and went on for about 3-4 miles. Didn't see much but some fresh Mountain lion claw prints. only for the adventurous after that.

10 months ago

Beautiful views however the falls are dried up :(

hiking
10 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

Beautiful, towering hills circle the trail giving it a mysterious vibe. Watch out for ticks!

hiking
1 year ago

As you would expect at this time of year, the trail is drier with less tree coverage than some of the photos depict, but its a great hike. The creek and fall are also both totally dried up right now, but the underlying rocks are still a lot of fun to climb on. Some of the other reviewers note that the road out is a bit treacherous, I would add that it is also very long! Be prepared for another 30 minutes of driving on a narrow, pot-holed, winding road once you enter Cleveland Forest. It is a beautiful drive with several scenic turnouts for photos and such, but you begin to wonder if you'll ever get to the trailhead!