Vernal Pool

Murrieta, California

Vernal Pool Professional Review and Guide

"In the southwest corner of the reserve is a shallow basalt basin that fills with water during the winter rains. Such vernal pools, so named because they usually hold an abundance of water in the spring, were once common in California, but over 90 percent have been destroyed by development or agriculture. Vernal pools nourish a variety of endangered species. The Santa Rosa Plateau has some of the last remaining vernal pools. This one, the largest pool in the reserve, supports fairy shrimp, frogs, and water birds. Wildflowers encircle the pool and creep toward the center as the water evaporates in May. A short well-marked trail leads to a boardwalk over the pool so that you can enjoy its wonders without trampling the fragile environment."

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Trail Information

Murrieta
Nearby City
1.5
Distance
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
45 minutes
Duration
March-April
Season
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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