Tenaja Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Tenaja Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lake Elsinore, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.8 miles 600 feet Point to Point

dog friendly

birding

hiking

views

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 on Cleveland Forest Rd (FS 7S01). Continue 0.8 miles to Tenaja Trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice.

3 months ago

3 months ago

one of my family's favorite hikes!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail with decent views. Hiked in about 2.5 then turned about and trekked back to the parking lot. Lots, I say again, LOTS of poison ivy and maybe poison sumac (I'm originally from Texas and never had to identify poison sumac) along the trail. Family had fun. Probably end up doing this one again.

6 months ago

TICKS!!!! my two dogs had several ticks on them after the hike, even with a strong repellent used. So please check your pets and yourselves! still a nice hike

6 months ago

just did the hike yesterday, great canopies throughout the trail. lots of flowers, butterflies, but no falls. just some stagnant water. a nice moderate hike I would like to do again

6 months ago

Amazing hike, one of my favorites in SoCal to date.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun

hiking
8 months ago

Beatiful hike very easy hike with clear paths. One of my favorite local trails.

hiking
1 year ago

We hiked this trail on 5/9, it was overcast and amazing! But be aware that TICKS ARE EVERYWHERE right now. Each member of our ground had multiple ticks on their clothes, we had to pick up the pace and jog through the last mile or so just to get away from them! So spray repellant liberally before you go if headed out in rhe Spring. Otherwise the trail is nice and shady once you get past the trailhead, and there are plenty of great views along the way. For a dramatic change in scenery, and to avoid trekking back through the ticks, once you get to the fisherman's camp you can continue up Fisherman's Camp Trail. After some switchbacks it will meet Wildomar Road and you will loop back to the parking lot after a good climb.

hiking
1 year ago

This is where we got lost with our dog for almost 10 hours in the middle of the forest! It was fun and good scenery but traumatic because I failed to navigate in going back. It was scary and maximum adventure!!! Definitely not doing it again for the mean time; however, it is a good hiking trail. Just be prepared and have some enough water to hydrate.

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked this trail this morning. About 50 degrees and sprinkling on and off but great hike nonetheless. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. Heard what sounded like wood peckers and found about 10 brown lizards on the trail about a mile from the trailhead and all were in no hurry to get out of the traveled path. They blend in with the leaves, easy to step on so please watch your step.

1 year ago

Hiked this trail early this morning and it was awesome!

hiking
1 year ago

The hike was good, the views are pretty good as well, however I found myself gathering garbage most of the day. Apparently people find it difficult to pack out what they pack in.

hiking
2 years ago

This was a really nice hike, we went late in the morning and found it was a nice cool morning. There is a lot of shade, but no potable water so bring lots of it. Even in the shade it can be pretty hot around mid-day. There was a snake on the trail so just be aware, luckily it was a harmless one, but it is that time of year again. Most of the water in the creek was gone and only a small portion was running. Lots of really nice people along the way. Not much in way of views or exciting scenery, but it was defiantly beautiful.

hiking
2 years ago

2 years ago

only made it to the 3.5 mile mark...apparently another mile will get you to the falls...and 2 miles past that to some hot springs? the hike back out seems more strenuous then going in...more inclines so be prepared. beautiful views and cant wait to go back and hopefully discover the rest.

hiking
3 years ago

This trail gives you a great workout if you jog or power walk through it ! It definitely isn't easy. There's a lot of inclining and declining throughout the whole trail. The creek was unfortunately dry.

hiking
4 years ago