El Cariso Nature Trail

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El Cariso Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
203 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Lake Elsimore, CA: Travel southwest on Highway 74 venturing into the mountains, then onto the Visitor Center / Fire Station in El Cariso.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

just a quick little hike behind the ranger station trails are easy watch out for snakes this time of year

hiking
1 month ago

I took this Trail 7:30 am Saturday and Perfect weather. We walked it with 2 young Kids and it was beautiful. The trail is easy but strollers not recommended. There was a road to cross over which confused us a bit. There was a Restroom on the way back so I like that.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

This was a great trail. Super educational experience for the kids. Another super easy trail and a great kick starter if you have little ones. Wife and I's smallest kids (4, 3 and 1) walked the entire thing no problems. Our older three (11, 8 and 8) enjoyed reading all of the little signs and learning all about it.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Took my kids on this trail while we were camping at Blue Jay campground and they had a good time. They enjoyed reading all the postings throughout the trail.

hiking
Saturday, March 05, 2016

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

This was a nice little hike that is great to do with kids. The distance was perfect even for the littlest of hikers and with signs along the way to read and learn about the Flora and Fauna it made it a great educational hike. Do take the time to stop by the Fire Fighters Memorial as it was quite impressive. The Visitor center was closed when we went but it looks like that would add to the experience and information gathering. If you are looking for a short easy hike to get the kiddos into the sunshine and learn about nature, this would be a perfect fit.

hiking
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Very easy hike from the visitor center along State Highway 74. Trail is clearly marked with lots of descriptive plaques along the way. Half of it is forested with Coulter pines and scrub oak. Easily done in less than an hour.

hiking
Sunday, May 25, 2014

This was a fun little trail to do with the six year old. It's a loop that crosses a paved road twice. There are interpretive signs, courtesy of an eagle project. We also went the few yards out of our way to visit the wildfire firefighter memorial, a somber spot. There are a few ups and downs, but nothing major. The entire trail is one person wide; a stroller would be impossible, bikes are not permitted. Besides the signs teaching about the local flora and fauna, there is an abandoned mine entrance to add interest. There are three "visitors" spots at the ranger station, where you can park for free. Otherwise, parking at the campground across the street or at the picnic area is going to cost you $5 or an adventure pass. We were there on the Saturday of Memorial day, and there were a few families at the campground, but no one else on the trail, that we saw.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013