Saturday Afternoon Hike-Santa Rosa Plateau

Woo Hoo!

Let's celebrate the first weekend of spring with a hike to scenic Santa Rosa Plateau.  Located just west of Murrieta, it feels like nothing else in Southern California.  Rolling hills, grasslands, oaks and vernal pools make this hike feel like a far off destination.

Beginners are welcome on this hike.

Expect a 3 hour hike for around 6 miles.  More if everyone is up for it. Rolling hills like the photo shows.  I'm not planning for this to be a workout hike but more of a leisurely, scenic, stop and smell (but not smoke) the coyote droppings type of hike.

Day use fee is $3 per adult.

Since this hike isn't far from where I live, I regret I will not be carpooling. For those that wish to carpool, I suggest meeting at the Highway 76/Interstate 15 carpool area at 1:20 P.M. and leaving at 1:30 P.M.  It's about 25 miles from the carpool area to the trailhead.

For those that wish to meet at the trailhead, travel up I-15 to Murrieta, Exit Clinton Keith Road and head west for about 4 miles.  The Visitor's Center is on the left side of the road.  Address is 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta, 92562.  Cell phone coverage is iffy there.

http://www.rivcoparks.org/education/santa-rosa-plateau/santa-rosa-plateau/

Chad's cell[masked]-8983.  I'll be out of cell phone range after 1:35 P.M. (as I travel to the hike).

See you there!

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Another fun hiking Meetup by Chad - great choice for our hike. Thanks for making it fun!

    March 25, 2013

  • Chad L

    Happy people=happy hike! Keith, thanks for the cookies- sorry you didn't make the hike. To Alisa, it was so much fun watching you try to be quiet for 10 minutes that it's now going to be a regular event. Nice to meet you Charles. Jason, good to see you again and glad you were okay after the rattlesnake bite.

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Nancy

      Just to clarify: we saw a couple of rattlesnakes, but no one was bitten. Jason told us about an experience he had previously with a rattlesnake.

      1 · March 25, 2013

    • Liwen

      @Chad, that is very true that we need to be aware at all time. Looking forward to next one. :)

      March 25, 2013

  • Taka S.

    Great hike with some great people!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Christine G.

    Had a great time, looking foward to doing it again!

    2 · March 24, 2013

  • Corry L.

    SOO totally awesome! Beautiful area, rolling hills, real trees and actual grass, wildflowers, a hunting coyote, 2 baby rattle snakes, a great fast hike (nice little workout), super fun and chill people, loved hanging out sitting on Chad's truck with everyone, good times :-)

    2 · March 23, 2013

  • Jason

    Great to see you all. It was fun hike today.

    March 23, 2013

  • keith

    I've been running all morning, just heading out from San Marcos 1:37, probably no chance to make it on time,, hope to see you all there, Don't wait for me,,,

    March 23, 2013

  • Jason

    A bit chilly for a bike ride today and this looks great. See you there!

    March 23, 2013

  • Chad L

    FYI, we will meet at the visitors center parking lot and once we are all accounted for, drive about a mile to the trailhead.

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cory - I just left you a message!

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, change of plans & going to do this on Monday!

    March 23, 2013

  • Nancy

    According to the website, the visitor center is closed for construction. Is that going to affect where we park?

    March 23, 2013

  • keith

    Hi Do you have room for one more Hiker? If so I'll look forward to meet all of you and get out in some fresh air!

    March 22, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Chad I hurt my leg today and won't hike but Enjoy!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone would like to carpool, meet @ noon at the parking lot off of 76 and the 15. I may have one more spot left in my truck

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have one maybe and 2 for sure people coming with me

    March 22, 2013

  • Donna W.

    I wish I could go on this one - have been wanting to hike there! For my future reference, which hiking trails on the reserve are best to do?

    March 21, 2013

    • Chad L

      You can't really go wrong on any of them but if the vernal pools are full, the Vernal Pool trail is good. I also like the Adobe Loop and Lomas Trail. They are under an oak canopy.

      March 21, 2013

  • Liwen

    I do hope this hike would be scheduled again soon.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Liwen

    Sorry, something just came up that I need to have it done this weekend so maybe next time. :(

    March 20, 2013

  • LEDA L.

    To far for me. Thanks

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Scott and I would like to carpool; we are coming from Vista

    March 18, 2013

  • Liwen

    I will only be there for the 3 hours hike (6 miles).

    1 · March 18, 2013

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