Explore the most popular views 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.

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
23 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.

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
25 days 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
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite trails to run.

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.

Keep in mind there are many different routes you can take to get to the vernal pool trail, but according to the map the most direct routes are the 2.4 mi out and back from the vernal pool trailhead from the parking lot on Via Volcano, or the 4.8 mi out and back using coyote to trans preserve from the hidden valley trailhead (I started here). The surrounding trails on the preserve allow for choosing longer/shorter routes depending on what you're in the mood for. This side of the preserve, dogs/bikes/horses are not allowed (however it was clear there were definitely many dogs brought on the trail before because unfortunately there was a lot of poo left behind). Also note day use fee. Trail was super muddy and a bit slippery in spots today due to rain this weekend. Loved the boardwalk at the verbal pools, although it was dry (despite rain). So many crickets today, made for great background noise for most of the hike! Maps/parking available at trail head, port a potty available at the visitors center.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

A quick half loop to stretch our legs this afternoon. Started at the visitor center and talked with the friendly and helpful ranger then headed off to the trail for a beautiful hike. Looking forward to returning to the other trails here at Santa Rosa Plateau area.

2 months ago

Great little hike.

$4 per person. Plenty of parking on a Sunday. Not a lot of people. Easy terrain. Went to the adobe and back.

walking
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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful place, more of a walk hike, mostly easy.

Did this with a jogging stroller on the main trails and it was great, there was only one spot where we had to pick up the stroller and carry it over maybe like 20 feet of rocky terrain then back down.

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

great time ,kids loved it ,beautiful place that's local and easy for my 4 and 5 ur. old to walk

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