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“Wilderness in the city”

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Murrieta
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

What a Marvelous hiking and strolling adventure. We tracked footprints and saw Scat from wild animals who live here. Watched hawks and birds soar. Our adult childen took the grandkids hiking while my physically challenged husband and I strolled. Resting spots were frequent. We had a picnic there after we all met up. Go early because it did get very warm. Wonderful family memory sdventure.

Thank gccamp
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Wow, this place is a gift to our area. (Murrieta and Temecula). It's naturalness with a small visitors center to ask questions and have a Ranger tell you all about the Reserve. I've still yet to go on one of his walks, but I've heard from many people, including my husband they are very informative and educational. We love this place so much. In the Summer we don't go as much, but Fall, Winter, and Spring (especially) are so wonderful. A place not to be missed and all should take the kids there too.

Thank cmincalif
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Santa Rosa Plateau Reserve is a beautiful nature area nestled in the hills of Murrieta. This reserve has a visitor center, several miles of trails for all to use. Be sure to watch for rattlesnakes in the heat of the summer. The Vernal Pools are a sight to see after rainy season. No matter what you like to do, you can here at the reserve. Small entrance fee to support the Foundation. They also have concert series and photography sessions.
Great for all ages and has some wheelchair access. After your visit you can go up the road to La Cresta and see some beautiful homes.

Thank Julie D
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great hiking! But you don't have to be a great one. You can stroll and just look at the many local plants and views. Beautiful area away from the traffic and city.

Thank KateHep
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve offers many outdoor types of activities for all ages and fitness levels. There is a small nature center worth seeing as it has exhibits of photos, animals, plants etc that you can see while visiting the area, a ranger can give you maps and recommend trails. We really enjoy the hike to the Adobes as they are called. It is the original ranch home, barn etc of the family who had their ranchero there before it became the preserve. Giant oak trees and picnic tables make it a great place to have lunch, but you need to hike in with your lunch as there are no places to purchase food. The area has many descriptions of the history of the area making this trail a good destination hike. You also hike pass the vernal pools, seasonal pools that are home to unique water life. These are usually full in the spring months and dry in summer and fall. They are surrounded by a wooden walkway making it easy for you to get close to the water an stay dry.We also like the Sylvan Meadows area as a place to ride horses and our mountain bikes.

The landscape of the plateau if very much the way California looked in the days of old. This is also a great place for artists as the scenery is just beautiful. You might see photographers and painters capturing the beauty as you hike. There are restroom/port-o-potty facilities, but no concessions. So, bring water and snacks with you. Wear good walking/hiking shoes. The trails are very well marked and easy to travel. Some trails have more sun exposure than others so wear a hat and sunscreen. The best times to hike in summer is late afternoon or early morning. The trails close at sunset. No dogs are allowed on the trails. We hike the plateau often and enjoy the scenery, the solitude and the tranquility very much. There are benches along the trail to the Adobes where you can sit, relax, and just "be".

Note: There is a day use fee of $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 2-12; well worth it for a full day of fun.

2  Thank Susan R
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