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Los Santos and Trans Preserve Loop [CLOSED] is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Murrieta, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 488 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wildlife

Closed

Fee

No dogs

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NOTE: As of October 2019, trail is still closed due to fire. Daily entrance fee: $4, ages 13+, $3, ages 2-12. Oak grasslands, spring wildflowers, historic adobe ranch house, vernal pools can be seen on this trail. This loop hike takes in much of the west end of the preserve. From the trailhead, take the left hand trail 1/4 mile, turn right on the Trans-Preserve trail. Stick with this trail until you reach the Vernal Pools trail. Turn left to the pools, the most crowded area on the preserve. Continue off the mesa about 1 mile to the historic ranch adobe, where you can picnic and relax under a huge Live Oak tree. From the adobe, take the Punta Mesa trail towards Monument Hill. Watch for the left branching trail just before the main trail; a dirt road, angles right. Take the left fork down off the hill to another dirt road and a stream crossing. When you arrive at a gate, look for the start of the Trans-Preserve trail, which you follow until you see your original path coming in from the right. Turn right to the trailhead.

The Nature Conservancy 909-677-6951

Take I-15 south from Corona, CA heading for San Diego. Shortly after passing the city of Lake Elsinore, exit at Clinton Keith road. Turn right and drive west. There are three trailheads, one at the Visitors Center, the Hidden Valley TH used on this hike, and a final TH near the Vernal Pools up on top of the mesa.

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Marc Cloutier
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Rebecca Ford
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Hiking

This trail is closed after a fire

Chris Owens
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Hiking

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.

Katy Brennan
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Robert Diamond
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Beautiful place, beautiful day.

Rachel Black
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HikingMuddy

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

Sarah Nunley
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HikingMuddy

So much freaking fun!!!! Awesome trails and choice points. The Pools were in full effect due to recent rains! Moderate trail description is correct. Hilly areas aren’t too strenuous and you can modify the trail for difficulty at various points.

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Frank Booth
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Hiking

Probably one of the more rugged areas of the plateau but not crowded. Nobody at the adobes on mid morning Tuesday. Some shaded areas along the ridge by the pools. All the pools were dry in late October. Will return after some rains.

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

Terry Hathaway
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Running

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

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

Tim Moore
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Hiking

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.

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

Kathleen Russell
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Hiking

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.

Christopher Bergman
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Running

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.

Rob Rob E
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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

Aimee Grim
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Hiking

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).

Chalene Believe
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Hiking

Santa Rosa is my favorite local hiking destination

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

Jennifer Collins
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Hiking

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.

Ken Knecht
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Hiking

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

Jay Walley
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Hiking

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.

Trevor Gerstenberg
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Hiking

the scenery, beautiful. outside in nature.

Anjelica Escobar
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Hiking

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

Francisco Santana
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Hiking

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.

William Howe
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nice easy trail. if you hike the complete outside loop, its about 12 miles.

Jamie Ahmed
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Hiking

a great trail for the kids ages 5-11 many shaded areas to stop for water or snacks. went to the pools. dried up. but still a fun adventure. no wildlife this time.

Debbie John
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Great trail.

Brian Brian
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My local favorite and steady "go to." I can get in a nice work out if I maintain a steady pace and seek out some inclines. The scenery is beautiful and when I go it's not crowded. I love how quiet it is out there. It's therapy for me. Love the old oaks, granite boulders, and tall yellow (dead) grass. The right combination of full sun and cool shade give this hike a nice perk. Encountered a rattlesnake here once. I hate rattlesnakes. There is a $3.00 day use fee on the honor system. The trails are well marked and maintained. The interactive center is nice for learning and cooling off. It gets real hot out on the trails, so plenty of water and sunscreen. Only one part of the park is dog friendly so check first before venturing out. Bring your camera to capture some eye candy.

Mia Dez
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Great for kids and dogs!!!

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