Vernal Pool Trail

EASY 74 reviews

Vernal Pool Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Murrieta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from January until May.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
291 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
3 days ago

good family hike

walking
4 days ago

Great morning walk

hiking
3 months ago

This was an added trail we did along with the Santa Rosa to monument hill. Went on October, off season. Great weather but no water.

7 months ago

Great trail
Not stroller friendly
Very steep hill
On return

hiking
7 months ago

This trail
Took us to vernal poos (dry no water)
Then proceeded to
A steep hill to adobes
It's pretty hot today so don't go
Without water

7 months ago

It's was a great hike but got really hot early. I started at 9am and it was probably already 80*. By the time I ended the hike it was over 100* and the last half was really hard to get through.
But it was very beautiful. At the start of the trail to one side was burned due to controlled fires and there were hundreds of conical spider dens.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail with awesome views for an easy hike. Would give it 5 stars if it was free. But does cost $4 daily fee for adults, but annual pass can be purchased.

hiking
8 months ago

**this trail has a use fee**
$3 for under 13 years, $4 for adults

This was a great trail, lots of variety in type of trail. If you go all the way out to the Adobes from the trail head it's about 3.75 miles round trip. There are some steep parts so wear good sneakers but it's beautiful, even when the pools are dried up!

hiking
8 months ago

Beyond impressed with this trail. From the diversity of landscape to the spectacular views throughout. Great learning opportunities for families and yet enough trail that if you want to feel one with the landscape you can easily get an expanse of trail to yourself. $4 entrance fee for adults/$3 children. Great place for a picnic at the adobe houses. Bring plenty of water so you can go as long as you want!

9 months ago

very nice hike. took children, they enjoyed it. would recommend.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful and easy little hike

hiking
10 months ago

Nice, easy hike. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail to get an hour workout in. This is NOT handicap or stroller accessible unless you literally just walk to the vernal pools and back to the car. If you decide to take the loop, there are many hills and huge rocks you need to climb over.

hiking
11 months ago

love this place I go all year long..

11 months ago

I would have give a 5 except portable potties were beyond bad, and I was hiking with my twin 5 year olds

hiking
11 months ago

Be aware that you have to pay to get in cash only 2-12 $3 13+ $4

walking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Really easy hike !! Super pretty, water and sunrise was amazing. Went before sun came up. Super muddy though

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Easy hike to and from the pools. Very muddy but fun.

hiking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Fun, easy trail. We brought the whole family. We went after a few weeks of rain so Part of the trail leading to the Adobes were very muddy and slippery. Difficult for some of the kids. But a great hike none the less.

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Short and beautiful.

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