Vernal Pool Trail

EASY 55 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
354 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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hiking
19 days 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
25 days 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
25 days 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!

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and easy little hike

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hiking
2 months ago

Nice, easy hike. Beautiful scenery.

2 months ago

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hiking
2 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.

2 months ago