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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

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Address: 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta, CA
Phone Number: 9516776951
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 8:00 pm

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Peaceful trails

The SRP is a great place to get away and enjoy the outdoors. I've ridden mountain bikes and hiked several trails on the plateau and truly enjoy spending a morning or afternoon up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The SRP is a great place to get away and enjoy the outdoors. I've ridden mountain bikes and hiked several trails on the plateau and truly enjoy spending a morning or afternoon up here. There is a daily use charge, so bring a few bills with you. In the warmer months, make sure to bring plenty of water. Too often... More 

Thank Bubuflu
Murrieta, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great, well maintained hiking trails for all levels and abilities. Free Trail maps indicate mileage and trail head parking locations. interesting history and exhibits at the Visitor's Center

Thank tumweed
Murrieta, California
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369 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to Santa Rosa Plateau several times on our own and with a group of friends. There are many different trails, short and long, you can choose. Some trails include hills, which are not adequately marked on the trail map. In fact, last time we were trying to follow the map, we missed a turn and went about... More 

Thank Alexandra T
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the variety of trails, and the variation of intensity. With each season & time of day, Santa Rosa Plateau has a different feel. I enjoy early morning hikes best, as you can see the spiders webs with dew droplets, the mountain mist as you trek ovaner hilltops, and there is a peaceful stillness that is only seen in... More 

Thank Rnr951
Wildomar, California
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44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love hiking this local reserve because it's close to home and has so many trails, we can do and see something different every time. In the spring, the vernal pools are a great opportunity to see lots of wildlife like migrant birds, snakes, frogs, fairy shrimp.

Thank bbaldwinl
Temecula, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The visitors center is easily accessed a short distance from the 15 freeway. There are a few looping trails that start from the center that can take you a mile or around 8 miles. Occasional deer and snakes can be seen at different times of year and day.

Thank Adam R
Pomona, California
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the reserve. We read that it is hot in the summer and it is. We would go closer to 8:00 next time. We saw no critters. Just one hawk and some lizards here and there. The trails are well marked which I really appreciated. We started at the visitor center and walked approx. 6 miles. It was... More 

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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Our family of 5 (kids ranging from 4 to 14) enjoyed the visitors center, where the park ranger was very helpful and the kids were able to read about some interesting facts of the area. We visited around 11:30 am in 90 degree weather and we enjoyed the frequent breeze and many shaded areas to rest. Our 2.5 mile hike... More 

Thank LinzRada
Riverside, California
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473 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

There are dozens of trails and trail segments, most of them 1.5 miles or less, to choose. Or you can connect the segments into longer excursions. There are warnings about snakes and mountain lions, and we did see one fresh snake imprint crossing a trail. There are also warnings about leaving valuables in your car. Lots of nature and wildlife... More 

Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

We went in the middle of May (to avoid the dire heat), it was absolutely beautiful! 8.5 mile hike planned out by the friendly staff in the visiting center, don't have any complaints! Hike with a buddy, it's very serene and VERY hot (I imagine) in the summer! If you are in the area, check out a Lake Elsinore Storm... More 

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