Murrieta, CA Trails and Parks

Murrieta has 29 trails in the vicinity, including 29 hiking trails and 6 for horseback riding. These trails range from 1.1 to 11 miles in length. The most popular trails are San Mateo Canyon (Backpacking), Fishermans Camp Loop and Vernal Pools and Historic Adobes Loop. Trails.com member Anita S. recently completed Vernal Pools and Historic Adobes Loop.
  • Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

    4 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    A 200-mile-wide circle centered on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in the southwest corner of Riverside County encompasses a megalopolis of some 20 million people. File this fact away ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    A 200-mile-wide circle centered on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in the southwest corner of Riverside County ...

  • San Mateo Canyon (Backpacking)

    3 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    Amid a chorus of droning bees, you hear the soft melody of water sliding over polished rock and your own crackling footsteps on brittle leaves. A fat gopher snake lounging by the creek stiffens ...
    •  2 days
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Amid a chorus of droning bees, you hear the soft melody of water sliding over polished rock and your own crackling footsteps ...

  • Tenaja Falls Trail

    3 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    This is a very short trip that leads to a popular cascade in southern Riverside County. The longest thing about the excursion is the drive you take to get there. Traveling down Clinton Keith ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a very short trip that leads to a popular cascade in southern Riverside County. The longest thing about the excursion ...

  • Vernal Pools and Historic Adobes Loop

    1 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    Atop Mesa de Colorado on the Santa Rosa Plateau are four shallow depressions formed from ancient lava flows. Water collects in the basalt rock depressions, creating pools. As the pools evaporate, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Atop Mesa de Colorado on the Santa Rosa Plateau are four shallow depressions formed from ancient lava flows. Water collects ...

  • Fishermans Camp Loop

    1 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    After a good rain, upper San Mateo Canyon brims with cold, sparkling water. If you come on a sunny winter day, you can often enjoy a couple of hours of very comfortable, almost summer-like temperatures. ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    After a good rain, upper San Mateo Canyon brims with cold, sparkling water. If you come on a sunny winter day, you can often ...

  • Los Santos to Trans Preserve Loop

    1 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    This loop hike traverses the open meadows, grassy hillsides, and shady recesses of the reserve’s southwest corner. You’ll enjoy superb views throughout, plus excellent opportunities for bird ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop hike traverses the open meadows, grassy hillsides, and shady recesses of the reserve’s southwest corner. You’ll ...

  • Oak Tree Loop

    1 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The Oak Tree Trail loop takes you through one of the few protected, self-reproducing stands of Engelmann oaks remaining on Earth. The Engelmann oak (or mesa oak), native to the coastal foothills ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Oak Tree Trail loop takes you through one of the few protected, self-reproducing stands of Engelmann oaks remaining on ...

  • Los Santos Loop

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The hills and meadows in the southwestern corner of the Santa Rosa Plateau are dotted with some of the stateliest Engelmann oaks in the reserve. This counterclockwise loop offers a scenic tour ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The hills and meadows in the southwestern corner of the Santa Rosa Plateau are dotted with some of the stateliest Engelmann ...

  • Oak Tree Trail

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The Santa Rosa Plateau is home to some of the last remaining Engelmann oaks. The majestic trees can live up to 300 years, and their many twisting limbs and graygreen leaves distinguish them from ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Santa Rosa Plateau is home to some of the last remaining Engelmann oaks. The majestic trees can live up to 300 years, ...

  • Sylvan Meadows

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    Sylvan Meadows is one of California’s finest remaining native bunchgrass prairies. The meadow is dotted with magnificent oaks. The dirt Sylvan Meadows Rd. encircles the meadow. It is a designated ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Sylvan Meadows is one of California’s finest remaining native bunchgrass prairies. The meadow is dotted with magnificent ...

  • Granite Loop

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The Granite Loop is an easy introduction to the pleasures of the Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve. It tours three of the major ecosystems: oak woodlands, chaparral, and riparian zones. Benches along ...
    •  45 minutes
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Granite Loop is an easy introduction to the pleasures of the Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve. It tours three of the major ...

  • Santa Rosa Plateau Loop

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    Although any time of year would be rewarding for this serene and tranquil hike past vernal pools, oak forests, and historic adobes, springtime offers the greatest bounty for those seeking to ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Although any time of year would be rewarding for this serene and tranquil hike past vernal pools, oak forests, and historic ...

  • Fishermans Camp Trail

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    This hike travels through the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. The wilderness was created in 1984 and covers over 38,000 acres of rolling hills, mountains, steep canyons, grasslands, coastal chaparral, ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike travels through the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. The wilderness was created in 1984 and covers over 38,000 acres ...

  • Wiashal Trail to Cole Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    Cole Canyon is a short, narrow canyon with 800-foot walls. The stream-fed canyon is located at the edge of Temecula Valley by Murrieta and east of Slaughterhouse Canyon. Access to the canyon ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Cole Canyon is a short, narrow canyon with 800-foot walls. The stream-fed canyon is located at the edge of Temecula Valley ...

  • Granite-Vista Grande-Waterline Loop

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The Santa Rosa Plateau lies adjacent to the city of Murrieta and is accessed south of town through Slaughterhouse Canyon. The canyon emerges from the top of the plateau, where this trail begins. ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Santa Rosa Plateau lies adjacent to the city of Murrieta and is accessed south of town through Slaughterhouse Canyon. ...

  • Tovashal Trail-Sylvan Meadows Loop

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The Santa Rosa Plateau in Riverside County marks the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains near the San Diego-Orange County line. A 9,000-acre ecological reserve spreads across the plateau ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Santa Rosa Plateau in Riverside County marks the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains near the San Diego-Orange County ...

  • Coyote Trail-Oak Tree Loop

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The Santa Rosa Plateau was a hunting ground and acorn gathering area for the Luiseno Indians for more than 2,000 years. Indian mortar holes can be found in the granite outcrops. This short ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Santa Rosa Plateau was a hunting ground and acorn gathering area for the Luiseno Indians for more than 2,000 years. ...

  • Wiashal Trail

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The Wiashal (wee-uh-shawl) Trail descends from the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve to an open-space preserve in Cole Canyon at the edge of Murrieta. It is the steepest trail in the reserve ...
    •  2 hours
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Wiashal (wee-uh-shawl) Trail descends from the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve to an open-space preserve in Cole ...

  • San Mateo Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    Following the canyon may be a bit problematic. You’ll be tracing the latest incarnation of the San Mateo Canyon Trail, originally constructed before the turn of the century. Trail maintenance ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Following the canyon may be a bit problematic. You’ll be tracing the latest incarnation of the San Mateo Canyon Trail, originally ...

  • California Oaks Trail

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    California Oaks Trail is a hiking trail in Murrieta, California. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 1,198 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of ...
    •  1.1 miles

    California Oaks Trail is a hiking trail in Murrieta, California. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 1,198 feet altitude. ...

  • Tenaja Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The south segment of the Tenaja Trail follows Tenaja Canyon down to its confluence with San Mateo Canyon. The route takes you down and later all the way back up, so remember that if the day ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The south segment of the Tenaja Trail follows Tenaja Canyon down to its confluence with San Mateo Canyon. The route takes ...

  • Tenaja Falls Traverse

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The one-way traverse from the Morgan Trailhead on the South Main Divide down to the Tenaja Falls trailhead in San Mateo Canyon lets you see plenty of gorgeous springtime scenery—without repeating ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The one-way traverse from the Morgan Trailhead on the South Main Divide down to the Tenaja Falls trailhead in San Mateo Canyon ...

  • Punta Mesa Loop

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    For a comprehensive tour of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, try this half-day hike, which will introduce you to virtually every attractive feature characteristic of Southern California’s ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    For a comprehensive tour of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, try this half-day hike, which will introduce you to ...

  • Vernal Pool Trail

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    One of the largest vernal pools in California (39 acres at maximum capacity) lies in a shallow depression atop near-flat Mesa de Colorado on the south side of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.2 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the largest vernal pools in California (39 acres at maximum capacity) lies in a shallow depression atop near-flat ...

  • Sylvan Meadows

    0 Reviews

    Murrieta, CA

    The Santa Rosa Plateau’s Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use Area is open to all non-motorized means of travel—hiking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding— with the stipulation that all users stay on ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Santa Rosa Plateau’s Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use Area is open to all non-motorized means of travel—hiking, jogging, biking, ...