Granite Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 1,779 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 162 feet. The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Visitor Center information is near the trailhead. There are also parking, drinking water, and restrooms. Along the trail there are a meadow and a scrub.
Granite Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This mini tour, circling the visitor center, will introduce you to a variety of contrasting habitats within Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. The inclusion of a 0.4-mile side trip to and from the east end of the 1.2-mile Granite Loop route lets you visit some tenajas (pools) along Cole Creek and a nice bit of willow and sycamore woodland."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
"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 the way welcome you for a picnic, bird watching, or quiet contemplation. This trip describes the loop in the clockwise direction."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
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