Tenaja Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 1,184 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 560 feet. The trail ends near the Fisherman's Camp site. There are also information guideposts near the end of the trail.
Tenaja Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Tenaja Falls is located in San Mateo Canyon at an elevation of
1,570 feet. Tenajas are pools in basalt-lined creekbeds that hold
water throughout the summer. When the water is flowing, Tenaja
Falls is quite picturesque. The creek drops 160 feet over five
tiers, cascading over polished granite into a series of pools
(tenajas) formed in the smooth, sculpted rock. This path follows
the west canyon wall on the chaparral-covered slope to the
brink of the falls and pools."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Orange County (Day Hike Books).
"Cascades of water plummet over four tiers, making this 150-foot waterfall one of the highest in Southern California. A short hike to the falls can be accomplished by almost anyone, and children will love the simple yet elegant fall."
--Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel, Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"With five tiers and a total drop of about 150 feet, Tenaja Falls is the most interesting natural feature in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness section of Cleveland National Forest. In late winter and spring, water coursing down the polished rock produces a kind of soothing music not widely heard in this somewhat dry corner of the Santa Ana Mountains. The only easy way to reach Tenaja Falls on foot is from the south, though the drive to that trailhead is rather lengthy by way of any approach. Beware of the plentiful poison oak growing alongside the trail."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
"With five tiers and a total drop of about 150 feet, Tenaja Falls is the most interesting natural feature in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. In late winter and spring, water coursing down the polished rock produces a kind of soothing music not widely heard in this somewhat dry corner of the Santa Ana Mountains."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
"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 will really give you a feeling of how the other half lives. Private polo grounds notwithstanding, there are some incredible ranches and grand mansions along the way. Some of the homes stretch right up to the border of the forest and beyond, but they do not interfere with any of the hikes in the area, especially the falls, which are recessed deep into the canyon."
--Allen Riedel, Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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