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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta, CA
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Murrieta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A great location for day hikes but is pretty busy, limitations on dog and mt biking trails but still many great opportunities

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve provides a number of easy hikes. You can select to take short ones or longer ones. Nothing too taxing. Short ones for the family or with children and the longer ones for more active or experienced hikers. I generally takes two or three of the longer routes. I have hiked every trail in the... More

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Southrn California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We've spent a lot of time over the years on the Santa Rosa Plateau trails...hiking, mountain biking, or taking in the lovely oak tree dotted hills from aback a horse. Though the equestrian trails are limited, they meander through a lovely area. In spring and summer, it is best to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes - they abound. Though... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

There's water in the vernal pools!!! I can finally say I've seen the pools. Nice peaceful hiking. Lots of wildlife, lots of trails. Hiking, biking. this place never gets old. Stop at the adobes and have a snack or lunch.

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El Dorado County, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Every time I visit the Temecula area, I make a point of going to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. I take a back pack with me filled with fresh fruit and water and I walk a different hiking path each time I visit. When I stay in the area for an extended time, I visit Santa Rosa Plateau at... More

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Visitors to the Reserve can walk to the two oldest standing structures in Riverside County that once served as bunkhouses for cowboys dating back to 1846. The Moreno and Machado Adobes are shaded by a 400-year-old tree and separated by a relaxing, one-of-a-kind, picnic area. These structures are popular hiking destinations for visitors. The Reserve consists of 9000 acres. The... More

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Buena Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Love hiking here. wonderful trail that are well kept offers many varieties of skill levels. The different seasons offers completely different experiences. In the summer I love snake hunting but year round bird watching is amazing. Giant wild oak are abundant and provide plenty of shady retreats. The visitor center in great for showing people what the kind find from... More

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We were going to be in the Temecula are and looked around for something else to do while we were there. We found this place and so glad we did. A very large hiking area with cleared paths and mostly easy walking. We only did a small portion as we were not prepared for what a large mass of land... More

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Been here a few times and love it. Love to hike and this place is great when you want an easy hike. Cleared paths make it easy and great for families with children. Short trails and long trail, you get to choose your length of trail. We hiked 3 miles from the main entrance to the 155 year old adobe... More

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massachusetts, usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Excellent open space hiking. For those of us not form the area, this reserve really gives an excellent western feel.

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