Vernal Pool Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Vernal Pool Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Murrieta, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from January until May.

3.5 miles 355 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

5 months ago

Again we had a great time ...

7 months ago

This would have been a good short hike for an afternoon. I had to settle for a few photos from outside the fence line as I din not have the $4.00 day use fee.

8 months ago

9 months ago

Magnificent vistas extending to the snowcapped peaks of the Coastal ranges frame the vernal pools here at the Santa Rosa plateau. This is an easy hike for the whole family and leads to the only natural basalt pools (catchment basins) in Southern California. Today the pools are full of water thanks to the recent El Nino rains. Add a deep blue sky filled with cirrus clouds with an incoming storm far off in the distance and you couldn't ask for a better day to visit these natural wonders.

10 months ago

1 year ago

Very easy 1.4 mile. There was plenty of snow cover that made for a picture perfect day. The Pools were frozen over so didn't get to see anything in the water. Everyone was very friendly. Will definitely go back!

2 years ago

Nice easy trail for kids, to make it a little harder combine it and go to the old adobes. We took five kids 4-15 and they all enjoyed it. No water but that wasn't a surprise. We did see a deer, woodpecker, and snake (gopher).

2 years ago

Fun trail, took my daughter (3yo) and she loved it! Family friendly trail....

3 years ago

Very easy and clean trail. Had my two children (7 and 5) and they had no trouble on this trail. Easy to find and accessible. The pools were dried up this time of year (July). Saw some cattle, lots of ant dunes and a tarantula. We went about an hour before sun down and the views were pretty nice.

5 years ago

Very easy and accessible trail lots of nature to observe, nice jont into the wilderness