Vernal Pool Trail

EASY 24 reviews

Vernal Pool Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Murrieta, California 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 best used from January until May.

3.5 miles 354 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

walking
12 days ago

Really easy hike !! Super pretty, water and sunrise was amazing. Went before sun came up. Super muddy though

hiking
19 days ago

1 month ago

Easy hike to and from the pools. Very muddy but fun.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun, easy trail. We brought the whole family. We went after a few weeks of rain so Part of the trail leading to the Adobes were very muddy and slippery. Difficult for some of the kids. But a great hike none the less.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and beautiful.

1 month ago

It's a lovely walk or run to the pool.
Gentle for seniors and romantic for couples

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

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7 months ago

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9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Again we had a great time ...

hiking
11 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.

hiking
1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year 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.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years 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!