Wilderness Gardens Preserve

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Wilderness Gardens Preserve is a 3 mile loop trail located near Pala, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from September until July.

3.0 miles 251 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

4 months ago

Not impressed, it was easy, not much coverage. The one overlook was overlooking the highway. The pond was nice though.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Despite the heat of a particularly hot weekend, this was a very enjoyable hike. The trails are easy, some options for elevation gain and vistas. There is a small museum and ranger station partway along the main trail, and the pond affords some handy shade and lots of birds. Bring plenty of water - this hike can get hot.

6 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Easy and relaxing! Very mellow hike through the preserve with gorgeous views if you go on trail that heads up toward the ridge. Can be very warm even at 9am, so bring plenty of water.

1 year ago

Looks like a nice spot, however for whatever reason they are closed for the month of August. Posted a photo of hours and days they are open, so everyone will know.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice little family spot and picnic areas. Took the family in January and as always beautiful weather. There are multiple routes to choose from but this is not a strenuous hike by any means. There are Park Rangers onsite and are more than willing to answer any questions you may have about there area and the historic Mill that's onsite. There are outhouses throughout the preserve and picnic benches. You do have to pay for parking but it is well worth it and its only $3.00. They have maps and other information in regards to the preserve. Have fun and enjoy the day hike in this hidden gem!

1 year ago

Had a great hike here today! Definitely moderate or easy. But they changed their rules and dogs are allowed on leashes. Get place to take the dogs and very empty.

birding
2 years ago

Cost: $3.00 for parking

Self Pay at parking lot. Place money in the envelopes provided at the information kiosk area.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Monday

A few things to know before you start:

No pets and bicycles are allowed.
Bring drinking water.
Picnic area & porta potty at the parking area.
Trails: 5 trails at the Wilderness Garden Preserve

The Alice Fries Trail- half-mile loop trail
The Main Trail- easy hike with restrooms and park benches found along the trail to enjoy nature
The Upper Meadow Trail- most scenic trail/moderate to difficult level
The Pond Loop- view waterfowl and migratory birds
The Camellia Trail- short loop trail

Trail head: walk on the dirt road that says "Authorized Vehicles only" to find The Main Trail. We walked along the main trail then connected with the Upper Meadow Trail this trail has great views but a moderate to difficult walk. Next, we walked down to the Pond Loop Trail. The pond had several waterfowl in it. Lastly, we connected back to The Main Trail. The trails are well maintained with great signs to follow.

Good Hiking! Good Birding!

hiking
3 years ago

A serene and scenic trail that shouldn't be missed by Southern California residents

hiking
3 years ago

Very peaceful and easy hike

hiking
4 years ago

This was a easy and mostly flat hike with several loops connecting in the center at a ranger station & historic Mill. We took the whole family. great for kids, but no dogs. There was limited cover although very shady in the middle around a large pond. ($3 parking fee)

hiking
4 years ago

Hidden little gem!!!! Nice open trails, great views, and peaceful. If your looking to go on a nice moderate hike that is close and fun this is a must.

hiking
4 years ago

It is a very nice trail. Well kept with some very scenic views. Has a pond and some nice side trails w some elevation and park benches to enjoy the view on when you reach the top. Brought the whole family. 3-6y/o. Every one was pleased.

hiking
6 years ago

Great family trail. Pleasently suprised. Located approx 5 miles east of the Pala casino. Small parking fee but worth the price. The trails follow the Santa Margarita river/creek. The park has a little bit of everything, great views, creek, local history and well maintained.