Explore the most popular hiking 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.

After the rains and it greens up such a great place to hike and for us close to home

horseback riding
16 days ago

I really like these trails. For the equestrian its better to go on a week day to avoid the many bikers that use the same trails. We encountered bikers even on the week days but they all seem very polite. Beautiful meadows and tree line most of the trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this loop. Great scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked with 3 kids 3yo-11yo and the trail was just right level of difficulty for them. We veered right half way up onto the Los Santos trail I believe.

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this as a nite trek - pretty bad ass "nighty". Night life was awesome.

Nice trail. We did the 6 mile loop. It was a liitle hot but a nice breeze. Beautiful views. Clean portable toilets.

Perfect hike for beginners, multiple trails let’s you choose how long you’d like to hike for.

Beautiful hike. Easy hike more than moderate. The scenery is lovely.

even though the water wasn't present the hike was worth it. Wildlife was present a couple deer and coyote. we'll come back inn ther wetter part of the year. add this and the Adobe house trail together makes for a good hike with some attractions to it

First let me start by saying I'm a big boy. I just recently found the attractiveness of hiking. I started today at 730 on the trail thinking I was going to do like MAYBE 5 miles. but the scenery inticed me. The ease of these trails, and we'll marked, we'll maintained. And if need be the benches placed all over for various reasons basically for observation and reflection. I even started to jog on the trail... don't laugh but it's been awhile. Hardly saw anyone on these tasks which made it easy not to be embarrassed by my efforts. 3 1/2 hrs later I hiked 10.5 MILES... so many things to keep you stimulated... adobe houses, grassy plains, and seasonal pools. The Adobe loop has many trees, water, bridges, and was worth that extra trek. Again, super easy and totally worth it... you'll end up adding additional trails to this hike... I GUARANTEE IT

hiking
4 months ago

love this part of the Santa Rosa Plateau .... got to add this to your hike ... IT'S ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT

Good little hike. have done it several times. Ends up being about 5 miles total the route we take. A lot of meadow trails. Hit it at the right time of the year and the meadows are loaded with wild flowers. Very cool!

Easy trail for beginners

Easy hike but today was way too hot when without shards!!!

Beautiful day. Easy horse trails. Nice parking area but can fill up quick. Map quest tried to get us lost take Clinton Keith it takes you right to parking lot. Only downfall as an Equestrian is that you share the trails with bicycles most are very respectful.

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

hiking
5 months 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.

Mostly out and back trail, but several ways to make into a loop trail. Scenic always enjoy these trails

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

A couple survey markers (I found 3) up on Monument hill.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice section on the reserve, visiting the historic adobes and vernal pools is a must if you frequent the reserve! Very well maintained. Honor system entrance fee of $4 ($3 under 12), no dogs allowed on this part of the reserve. Beautiful live oaks and rolling grasslands for most of the way, some sections of steeper incline and forest. Mostly full sun.

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.

Lots of trails, nice place to hike and go running. dirt paths are wide.

trail running
6 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails to run.

Great hike

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