San Mateo Canyon

Murrieta, California

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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 is occasional. Floods routinely obliterate the trail where it passes close to the creekbed, and rapid regeneration of riparian vegetation and grasses tends to conceal what remains. Poison oak, nettles, and other irritating plants abound along the streambed, so wear pants in these areas. Beware of ticks, especially in the spring.

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"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 is occasional.

Floods routinely obliterate the trail where it passes close to the creekbed, and rapid regeneration of riparian vegetation and grasses tends to conceal what remains. Poison oak, nettles, and other irritating plants abound along the streambed, so wear pants in these areas. Beware of ticks, especially in the spring."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Murrieta
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best: November through May
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: CNF: TD
Local Maps: USFS San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to San Mateo Canyon

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May 2018