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Vernal Pool Trail and Transpreserve Trail Loop [CLOSED]

EASY 147 reviews

Vernal Pool Trail and Transpreserve Trail Loop is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Murrieta, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until May.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 298 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

historic site

fee

no dogs

Note: Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to the Tenaja Fire. Daily entrance fee: $4, ages 13+, $3, ages 2-12.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Good little hike. Nothing difficult at all. Well maintained and easy enough and short enough for the kids. We did it at approx 6-730pm and saw 16 tarantulas. Kids loved it. This is probably a beautiful hike during spring or when there is actually water in the vernal pools. Right now its bone dry. I will likely come back and trail run this in the future.

Beautiful. Flat and super easy but the views are amazing

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Easy! Kid friendly! And spectacular view of the pools just don’t step on the frogs and toads!

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

I thought it was a beautiful hike.Not to hard and not to easy.Logs of adorable little frogs jumping around that are good for the water snakes the ranger said.Loved the adobes and the day a was a tad sore- just what I was looking for.I would go early,cooler weather and less people.Many runners and IMO saw a few dogs.I would do this many times as a conditioning type of hike.Great views and perfect t back drop for photos.

hiking
washed out
5 months ago

Very easy trail with beautiful scenery when the pools are full. When I visited, a portion of the boardwalk was closed because it was underwater but still worth the stroll :)

hiking
5 months ago

cool trails to walk.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy walk and the pools are beautiful! There are a lot of tadpoles and shrimp in the lake!!

hiking
6 months ago

Our 4 mile loop was a nice walk through green grass valleys with nice views of the snow capped mountains. The VP was super full which brought out many people, especially with the near 80 degree weather. There are only a few short hills which makes this trail suitable for all ages.

4 mile loop starting at the Vernal Pool was a great walk. Everything is green now and the VP is super full. Great scenery and only a few hills...makes for a nice little outing.

hiking
7 months ago

Very fun trail. With recent rains it was difficult with our stroller and trails past the vernal pools are closed. For $4 a person there are tons of trails to take after seeing the vernal pools though.

hiking
7 months ago

Hundreds of bugs..

7 months ago

I loved it!

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike to the vernal pools. LOTS of water in the vernal pools, did this hike on 1/27/19. Once you reach the pools, very cool boardwalk over the water. Nice expansive views. Due to recent rains and snow in the mountains, can see the snowy peaks in the distance.

hiking
8 months ago

Very easy and great scenery. Stroller friendly for all the moms who wants to explore the great outdoors with their little ones.

hiking
no shade
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
8 months ago

8 months ago

The pools are full of so much water right now. You must see it before it dries up.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a great trail with mountain views of San Bernardino and Riverside county. There is plenty of wildlife to view. Today it was coyotes and woodpeckers. Recent rain made the trail slippery. Awesome views of meadows and California live oaks.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this on a Tuesday as a part of a long loop from the Visitors center of 12 miiles. No water in the pools but lots of scenery and views.

hiking
Saturday, June 02, 2018

even though the water wasn't present the hike was worth it. Wildlife was present a couple deer and coyote. we'll come back inn ther wetter part of the year. add this and the Adobe house trail together makes for a good hike with some attractions to it

running
Monday, March 12, 2018

Keep in mind there are many different routes you can take to get to the vernal pool trail, but according to the map the most direct routes are the 2.4 mi out and back from the vernal pool trailhead from the parking lot on Via Volcano, or the 4.8 mi out and back using coyote to trans preserve from the hidden valley trailhead (I started here). The surrounding trails on the preserve allow for choosing longer/shorter routes depending on what you're in the mood for. This side of the preserve, dogs/bikes/horses are not allowed (however it was clear there were definitely many dogs brought on the trail before because unfortunately there was a lot of poo left behind). Also note day use fee. Trail was super muddy and a bit slippery in spots today due to rain this weekend. Loved the boardwalk at the verbal pools, although it was dry (despite rain). So many crickets today, made for great background noise for most of the hike! Maps/parking available at trail head, port a potty available at the visitors center.

hiking
Saturday, February 17, 2018

good family hike

walking
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Great morning walk

hiking
Monday, November 06, 2017

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.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Great trail Not stroller friendly Very steep hill On return

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

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