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Best bird watching trails in Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, California

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, California
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Top trails (11)
#1 - Vernal Pool Trail and Transpreserve Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire. Daily entrance fee: $4, ages 13+, $3, ages 2-12.Show more
#2 - Los Santos and Trans Preserve Loop [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
NOTE: As of September 2020, the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is closed to all public use and access until further notice due to a wildfire. Daily entrance fee: $4, ages 13+, $3, ages 2-12. Oak grasslands, spring wildflowers, historic adobe ranch house, vernal pools can be seen on this trail. This loop hike takes in much of the west end of the preserve. From the trailhead, take the left hand trail 1/4 mile, turn right on the Trans-Preserve trail. Stick with this trail until you reach the Vernal Pools trail. Turn left to the pools, the most crowded area on the preserve. Continue off the mesa about 1 mile to the historic ranch adobe, where you can picnic and relax under a huge Live Oak tree. From the adobe, take the Punta Mesa trail towards Monument Hill. Watch for the left branching trail just before the main trail; a dirt road, angles right. Take the left fork down off the hill to another dirt road and a stream crossing. When you arrive at a gate, look for the start of the Trans-Preserve trail, which you follow until you see your original path coming in from the right. Turn right to the trailhead.Show more
#3 - Punta Mesa Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire.Show more
#4 - Santa Rosa Plateau Scenic Loop [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire. Daily entrance fee: $4, ages 13+, $3, ages 2-12.Show more
#5 - Monument Hill via Vernal Pool Trail [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire. Daily entrance fee: $4, ages 13+, $3, ages 2-12.Show more
#6 - Lomas Trail [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire. Show more
#7 - Los Santos Trail [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 56 m
Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire. One of the trails at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. There two places where you can park depending which portion of Los Santos trail you wanted to start. This trail is essentially two the one near Hidden Valley Trail Head is a partial loop and the one at Vernal Pool Trail Head would be a connecting trail to the partial loop.Show more
#8 - Coyote Trail [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 37 m
Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire. Daily entrance fee: $4, ages 13+, $3, ages 2-12. One of the trails at Hidden Valley trailhead. Nice narrow trail with rolling hills of grassland ground cover. Wear sun protection and bring enough water.Show more
#9 - Coyote Trail [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 53 m
Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire. Show more
#10 - Monument Hill Loop via Punta Mesa and Vernal Pool Trails [CLOSED]
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire. Loop includes Vernal Pool Trail, Punta Mesa Trail, Lomas Trail, and Monument Hill Road. Daily entrance fee: $4, ages 13+, $3, ages 2-12. Show more
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