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Punta Mesa Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.1 mile loop trail located near Murrieta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 656 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Closed

No dogs

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Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire.

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Reviews (38)
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John Olson
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***Closed until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire.

Tushar Radke
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Gentle slopes for the most part. Mid March when I did this is a good time. Not too hot, nice and green and very well marked.

Karis A.
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Did this hike beginning of December, 2018 with 2 others, Gaetano and Rachel, and our dog, Lucy. It was after recent rains, but the trails weren’t messy, just not dusty. It was a good hike, beautiful views.

Kenneth Davis
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What I like about this trail are the rolling hills and oaks in the meadow areas. This area is also known to have mountain lions but I haven't had the pleasure of seeing any. I see coyotes and mule deer often. I recommend early morning hikes to have a better chance of viewing wildlife.

Frank Booth
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I spent a weekday hiking numerous trails in the area. The trail is in the sun, early starts are best. Somewhat rocky in spots but easy to follow.

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

Tim Moore
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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.

v.k.h. .
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Running

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.

Michael Lyons
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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.

Tanisha Parks-Earls
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Walking

amazing trail..this is a must

Monica Park
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Hiking

Very pretty trail. I highly recommend it. I went in the summer time (early morning) and it was pretty, but I think it would be spectacular in the spring. I'll be back.

Chelsea Long
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Absolutely gorgeous! Tons of green grass and California poppies. March hike. I would do this everyday!

Michelle Allbon
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Beautiful old California trail - we walked on an overcast, lightly raining day and the coyotes and birds were out and about! The park itself is part of the Santa Rosa Ecological reserve and there are dozens of trails ranging from a half mile to 8+ miles if you link them all together. Excellent easy to moderate, family friendly hike.

Danielle Carlson
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Hiking

I hike at the Santa Rosa Plateau every week and this is my absolute favorite trail on the plateau! It has gorgeous views, especially in the spring time. This trail takes you out the farthest into "the middle of nowhere" that you can get with the hiking trails on the plateau and I highly recommend it for those who want to really get into the wilderness. Each time I have hiked the trail I haven't seen another soul. If you are hiking it in the summer, beware, because it is a long trail and parts of it are hot with only a little shade. I highly recommend this trail!

Jacob Collins
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Hiking

This is a great hike. Since the new year I've done this twice with my girlfriend. Views are outstanding. Views of snow capped mountains in the winter along with views of the Pacific at certain points in the trail are hard to beat. Following the Punta Mesa trail leads eventually to Adobe loop trail where one can find tenajas. Eat lunch at the Adobe house and return via Lomas trail to Monument hill trail then to Vista Grande trail back to the visitor center. $3 a person for day use, some pay some do not. Enjoy

Kenneth Leishman
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First to Review

This was a easy/moderate hike. Outstanding views you never thought where around the Southern california area. The hike is probably far too hot and dry for most people during the warmerhalf of the year, but is still very pleasant just make sure you bring lots of water with yeah. Easy to find parking, and very nice park rangers. The cost is only $2 to enter Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. I saw maybe 5 people at most during a saturday (wow)

Damon Story
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Dianne Moore
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Jacob Burnard
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Terkel Sorensen
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Rebecca Lorraine
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Raymond Selkowitz
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jan schwartz
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Rosanna Bules
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Brian Webb
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Michael C,
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Jim Hallahan
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M W
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Mike Charlton
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