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.