Best Hiking Trails near Murrieta, California

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on Santa Rosa Plateau Trail ...
2 hours ago

Great Hike today. Cool morning. Got in 5 miles of a good steady hike!

on Dunham Loop Trail
14 hours ago

I live in the neighborhood. Easy trail to get up and down several times after work. Views of Temecula Valley from high vantage point. Nice to have in backyard, but certainly not worth traveling to. Go to Santa Rosa if you want to hike in Temecula Valley area.

on Santa Rosa Plateau Nature...
18 days ago

hiking

Best hike in Murrieta

I live 15 minutes away from this hike. I hike it and run it regularly. The best part of the plateau is that there are many hikes short and long easy and moderately difficult making it very accessible for hikes of all ages and experience it. If you can make it to the adobes its worth it.
Bring water and sun block.

on Santa Rosa Plateau Nature...
29 days ago

nice easy trail. if you hike the complete outside loop, its about 12 miles.

on Santa Rosa Plateau Trail ...
1 month ago

hiking

Great easy hike. I was able to hike a 9.5 mile loop. Along the trails I came across a tarantula and some coyotes.

on Punta Mesa Loop Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Very pretty trail. I highly recommend it. I went in the summer time (early morning) and it was pretty, but I think it would be spectacular in the spring. I'll be back.

on Dunham Loop Trail
2 months ago

mountain biking

on Santa Rosa Plateau Nature...
2 months ago

hiking

a great trail for the kids ages 5-11 many shaded areas to stop for water or snacks. went to the pools. dried up. but still a fun adventure. no wildlife this time.

on Santa Rosa Plateau Trail ...
2 months ago

hiking

I loved this hike. After Monument we kept going to the adobes. Awesome Sunday hike.❤️❤️

on Granite Loop Trail
2 months ago

hiking

I thought it was fun. Small trail, more difficult in that the path was rocky and uneven, which made it fun for me. If you do want to see wild life, then do this trail. However, if you are afraid of snakes or crawling creatures then don't do this trail. I thought it was fun! I did see some poison oak but it was not near the trail.

on Santa Rosa Plateau Nature...
2 months ago

Great trail.

on Sylvan Meadows
2 months ago

hiking

This area is a different type of landscape than the park across the street. It is low impact and easy. Not much challenge but I can get my heart rate up if I move through quickly. These trails are dog friendly and horse back friendly. Watch out for poops. Wide open spaces make for great emotion inducing feelings of freedom and and space. Leave the crowded, closed in city behind and hike these trails and you'll feel great. Be aware of mountain bikers ringing their bells to alert you. Be courteous and step aside so they can pass. Again, a $3.00 day use fee on the honor system. Parking is good.
Enjoy a local favorite.

on Santa Rosa Plateau Nature...
2 months ago

hiking

My local favorite and steady "go to." I can get in a nice work out if I maintain a steady pace and seek out some inclines.
The scenery is beautiful and when I go it's not crowded. I love how quiet it is out there. It's therapy for me.
Love the old oaks, granite boulders, and tall yellow (dead) grass. The right combination of full sun and cool shade give this hike a nice perk.
Encountered a rattlesnake here once. I hate rattlesnakes.
There is a $3.00 day use fee on the honor system. The trails are well marked and maintained. The interactive center is nice for learning and cooling off. It gets real hot out on the trails, so plenty of water and sunscreen.
Only one part of the park is dog friendly so check first before venturing out. Bring your camera to capture some eye candy.

on Santa Rosa Plateau Nature...
2 months ago

Great for kids and dogs!!!

on Granite Loop Trail
2 months ago

hiking

This was our first time hiking the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve trails. We hiked parts of the Granit Loop and Vista Grande trails, about 2 miles worth. This was a easy strolling hike. The trails were well maintained and marked. We loved the scenery - rolling hills, wildflowers, knotty oks, and grassy plateaus. We'll come back and maybe hike the Vernal Pool trail and see the Adobes. Worth the entrance fee!