Santa Rosa Plateau - Hike and view the vernal pools

NO HOST EVENT. I wish I could join you to this little slice of a wonderful paradise. However, if the event is not scheduled in early April, the water will be gone. The Santa Rosa Plateau vernal (seasonal) pools have water NOW!

The plateau is home to several native plant communities, including purple needlegrass prairie, Engelmann Oak woodland, Chapparal, coastal sage scrub, and vernal pools, which are increasingly rare in urbanized Southern California. The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve preserves approximately 8,400 acres of the plateau, and includes the Moreno and Machado Adobes, Riverside County’s oldest standing structures. What makes the Santa Rosa Plateau so unique is its variety of plant communities all in one place.

There are plenty of opportunities to hike this beautiful area. On the Meetup site, under MORE>FILES I've attached a copy of the trail maps, where you can see the Vernal Pools, historic ranch adobe, Monument Hill and 100's of flowers. Print out a copy of the trail map to help you negotiate within the park. Wear good hiking boots/shoes, layers of clothing and a picnic to lunch along the trail.

CARPOOLING: Meet at the Fullerton park-n-ride at 8:00. The Park-n-ride is located were the 5, 91, Orangethorpe and Magnolia come together. Location of trailhead - Take I-15 south to the Wildomar area, between Lake Elsinore and Murrietta, exit I-15 on Clinton Keith Road. Turn right and drive west. There are three trailheads, one at the Visitors Center, the second at Hidden Valley TH, and finally at the Vernal Pools. The Trailhead is 7.5 miles from the Clinton Keith turnoff. NONCARPOOLERS: Meet at the Vernal Falls trailhead at 9:00.

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  • Judy2c

    Went on Sunday, thanks to all your feedback, and posted a few photos.

    April 7, 2014

  • Jane

    It was beautiful. Never been there before and I loved it! I had a great time and definitely recommend it.

    April 5, 2014

  • Chris R.

    There weren't many wildflowers, but the wide open vistas, impressive oaks and spectacular clouds made up for the lack of flowers.

    If you haven't been here before, you really should plan a trip. We had a great time there, even when we got a little lost - thanks for your understanding Barbara

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Judy2c

    Please Let us know if there are wildflowers, and sparse, or many.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • YY

    Cant make it this time..need to have my car checked tmr. Have fun!!

    April 4, 2014

  • Carolyn C.

    Would love to do this one, but can't on this day. Hope it will come up again next year when the pools are full.

    April 4, 2014

  • Jane

    I'm only going for the morning so I won't be carpooling unless someone wants to go for half-day. I'd be up for lunch after a morning hike/photographing.

    April 2, 2014

  • Erin

    How long is the hike?

    March 27, 2014

    • Angela W.

      Jasmine - on the toolbar for meetup, there is a dropdown entitled MORE; from MORE open FILES, the trail map for Santa Rosa Plateau in listed. It's a pdf thatyou should be able to be open and print.

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Erin

      Thanks Angela! It looks like I have to go to San Diego Wed night for work and that's more driving than I care to do in one week! Gonna sit this one out!

      March 31, 2014

  • Susan L

    I went yesterday with my grandson. The pools are very full, about 3/4 they said. The hike to the vernal pool is .7 mile from the parking lot, on an easy, flat trail. The hike to the adobes is 1.7 miles past the pools, on a hilly, sometimes rocky trail. There were only a few, small wildflowers but it was very green.

    1 · March 30, 2014

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