Wilderness Gardens Preserve is a 3 mile loop trail located near Pala, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from September until July.
very relaxing and meditative
Not impressed, it was easy, not much coverage. The one overlook was overlooking the highway. The pond was nice though.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
A serene and scenic trail that shouldn't be missed by Southern California residents