Tovashal Trail-Sylvan Meadows Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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 and former ranchland. The rolling topography includes several basalt-capped mesas that rise to over 2,000 feet in elevation.
The reserve provides a habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife. It also protects three rare southern California plant communities of Engelmann oak woodlands, a vernal pool ecosystem, and bunchgrass prairie (an endangered native grassland). This gentle loop begins at the visitor center and strolls through the rolling grasslands of Sylvan Meadows."