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.

***Closed until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire.

This trail is closed after a fire

Tenaja trailhead Top five best trail. Came early around 9:00 with my dog. Tree blocking path half way; walked around it. I had to stop myself from walking it was so breath taking. This is waterfall forest. I’ll be back after rain to here and see it in action.

Good little hike. Nothing difficult at all. Well maintained and easy enough and short enough for the kids. We did it at approx 6-730pm and saw 16 tarantulas. Kids loved it. This is probably a beautiful hike during spring or when there is actually water in the vernal pools. Right now its bone dry. I will likely come back and trail run this in the future.

Great trail but just know that their are no bikes allowed, despite what this app states. The only biking at the Santa Rosa Plateau is across the street at Sylvan Meadows.

3 months ago

Great trail but just know that their are no bikes allowed, despite what this app states. The only biking at the Santa Rosa Plateau is across the street at Sylvan Meadows.

late august was great to see all the tarantula’s

no shade
3 months ago

Beautiful. Flat and super easy but the views are amazing

Easy! Kid friendly! And spectacular view of the pools just don’t step on the frogs and toads!

super easy and beautiful trail. it looked like they just did some grading on some parts of the trail since I could see the doser tracks. I walked for about 2 1/2 hours, I think six miles. I definitely will be going back.

A delightful trail, the oaks are truly beautiful.

5 months ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail!! I hiked it solo today took me about an hour and a half. After the heavy rain yesterday it was a little bit muddy in some areas, there were hundreds of baby frogs half way through the trail and I was doing my best to not step on them!!! Had a great time!!

I thought it was a beautiful hike.Not to hard and not to easy.Logs of adorable little frogs jumping around that are good for the water snakes the ranger said.Loved the adobes and the day a was a tad sore- just what I was looking for.I would go early,cooler weather and less people.Many runners and IMO saw a few dogs.I would do this many times as a conditioning type of hike.Great views and perfect t back drop for photos.

Lovely trail, shaded for certain parts. Good easy workout for people just trying to maintain their conditioning level. We started at around 10 while it was overcast and there was a great breeze. All the trails interconnect and are well marked so we just meandered our way from Granite Loop to Monument Hill and then back down using the truck trail. You can make the trails as easy or as hard as you’d like. As it gets closer to the summer months go early in the morning.

Very easy trail with beautiful scenery when the pools are full. When I visited, a portion of the boardwalk was closed because it was underwater but still worth the stroll :)

This is a beautiful space that is appropriate for just about everyone! Over 40 miles of interconnecting trails with views, streams, ponds, wildlife and shaded spots with benches. I went last week and it was full of flowers and green rolling hills. I logged 9 miles exploring.

Nice easy walk and the pools are beautiful! There are a lot of tadpoles and shrimp in the lake!!

over grown
7 months ago

great little trail walk

Great trail to see all the diversity of the reserve. Very green this year due to all the rain and we came across several small of poppy patches. The adobes were a nice place to stop and eat lunch.

Started off @ 8, headed to the Vernal Pool then strung several outlier trails together for a 14 mile loop through reserve. Finished up by 3. Fields, hills, and meadows were several shades of lush green, peppered with vibrant colors of various wild flowers. Saw lots of squirrels and rabbits and a pair of adult coyotes. Weather was perfect, warm with a constant cool breeze. Beautiful early spring hike.

Beautiful place, beautiful day.

So beautiful! Everything was green, and the flowers were all blooming! So glad I went!

Our 4 mile loop was a nice walk through green grass valleys with nice views of the snow capped mountains. The VP was super full which brought out many people, especially with the near 80 degree weather. There are only a few short hills which makes this trail suitable for all ages.

Gentle slopes for the most part. Mid March when I did this is a good time. Not too hot, nice and green and very well marked.

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