Explore the most popular birding 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.

The visitor center was really helpful and provided a great trail to follow. Weather was great and it wasn't too crowded.

22 days ago

Was a beautiful hike, and the weather was sunny but cool. This is one of the more rugged, less manicured trails in the preserve. Saw multiple "watch for mountain lion' signs with plenty of tips on what to do if you see a mountain lion. The best tip is the last one- If attacked, fight back. Did the side trip to the top of Monument Hill as well, great view. Also saw two Rattlesnakes along the trail, so be careful.

Great place to hike this trail and many others offer a look at old California

Went on a Saturday, started around 8:30am and finished just before 11am. Great trail, some really beautiful scenery. Trails are well kept and only a couple rocky spots, mostly on the Los Santos loop. For a Saturday there wasn't very many people. Not counting the Vernal Pool area (which was completely dried up) I saw only about 6 or 7 people the whole time on the trail. Even though it is rated moderate, it's a great beginners trail.

That's wonderful landscape and pretty secure for everyone who loves hiking activities.

who really love of mother nature, this is the quite perfect and secure.

wonderful time every yard walkd it's a perfect experience

Hiked on 3/7, great route. Only encountered a couple other people, most of the route it feels like you've got the place to yourself. I suggest extending (only .2 mi!) to the vernal pools boardwalk. Opposed to what's said in one of the previous reviews, according to all the signage dogs are NOT allowed on this trail or on this side of the Reserve at all-- although you wouldn't know it due to the poo unfortunately left behind. Dogs are however allowed right across the street on the sylvan-meadows side. Not a whole lot of elevation gain overall, but there are some steeper/rocky spots, so not stroller friendly. Interesting seeing areas of charred grasses-- maybe controlled burns? Trail goes through grassy areas to rocky/wooded areas, a mix of both which is cool. Very well marked, super appreciated compared to other local trails. Love the versatility of the trails on the Plateau, allowing for adjusting your route to make shorter/longer as you wish. Maps available at parking lots. Keep in mind there is a day fee.

This trail was awesome! It definitely had it’s tough moments but it rewards you with its beautiful views and it’s open meadows. Don’t pass up on this trail.

2 months ago

Great little hike.

2 months ago

Great views but for an “easy trail” there is a steep incline in a few spots. The rest of the trail is easy but bring a walking stick or avoid if you have issues with keeping sure footing or balance.

The beginning was boring but towards the middle area was awesome with lots of trees and rock's. didn't like the fact that we had to pay to hike

This is a beautiful hike with well maintained trails. A lot of interesting sights. No cell service though so don’t rely on your phone for a guide (our mistake).

Santa Rosa is my favorite local hiking destination

Went in November. Not much shade so don’t forget your hat/sun screen. Looked for ocean but can only see the marine layer

Dogs are actually allowed on this loop. Very nice trail, only the down side is there are too many dog poop on the trail.

Did the hike in October. Very cool and perfect weather. A lot of different trails to go to add onto your hike. Not crowed during this time of year.

Good hike, gradual climbs nothing severe, some rocky areas but not bad, good scenery. The only slight negative is so many back and forth winding trails but overall enjoyable hike.

This was a perfect hike. Rolling hills and wildflowers. You can add less than a half mile to this route and see the vernal pool as well.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Nice easy hike if you don't have a lot of time.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great trail, moderate, great for running and hiking. Some parts are a little rocky and uneven but easy enough get through. With that said I would suggest for those hiking to wear pants and boots as there are plenty of parts with big rocks and decent amount of overgrowth. Nevertheless this is a great trail, plenty of beautiful sights and wildlife. Lightly traveled, you will encounter others out here but only every so often, no awkward moments with strangers following closely behind you.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

the scenery, beautiful. outside in nature.

trail running
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fortune favors the early bird. Beautiful spring landscapes. Not as many wildflowers in March as one might expect--but really lovely old oak trees and wildlife. Sun exposure is serious, so wear a good hat and avoid midday walks if you're sensitive to direct sunlight. Rejoice in some splendid shaded sections. On the easier side in terms of difficulty, but moderate if you take the long outter routes.

on Los Santos Trail

Monday, January 02, 2017

Nice hike. Kids had a good time.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Great easy trail ..mostly walking

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Really nice hike on the Santa Rosa Plateau. We deviated from the shown route by taking the west loop out of parking and going the other way around the Adobe historic area...added about 0.3 miles to the trip. Make sure you bring water. The far route on the actual Punte Mesa trail was a dream...especially at 8am...so quiet and still shaded. Highly recommend...but not in the high heat.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

It was ok. Not my type of hike. First time there is don't think I'll be going back.

Monday, August 29, 2016

amazing trail..this is a must

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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.

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