Tenaja Truck Trail

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, California

Elevation Gain34ft
Trailhead Elevation1,797ft
Elevation Min/Max1785/1800ft
Elevation Start/End1797/1797ft

Tenaja Truck Trail

Tenaja Truck Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,797 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 34 feet. This trail connects with the following: Waterline Road.

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Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Hard-riding Spanish vaqueros called the deep holes in the creekbed, tenajas. The holes held water year-around and provided crucial summer water sources for both cows and cowboys. Today the tenajas (Spanish for “tanks”) offer habitat for many plants and animals, some uniquely adapted to life with these basins-in-the-bedrock. Granite Loop Trail offers a good look at the tenajas as well as something of a microcosm of the reserve. For many visitors, hikers or not, the pathway is the primary— and often only—experience of the plateau."

Tenaja Truck Trail Trip Reports

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I dont like hiking on pavement and thats the trail that goes up to the top... if you go off trail like i did you go through dense bushes depending on which way you go... very good view at the top but not much dirt trail to go on from what I saw
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I start this hike at Lake Poway. If you park in the overflow parking at the bottom of the hill you can avoid the $5 parking fee for non-residents. From the Lake Poway park, you walk around the lake to the start of the woodsen trail. Head up the wide path, which is a good constant grade. Once up along the wide ridge, look for the direction to the left for the summit. Its well marked. The trail narrows, with some good rocky steps. I can get from the parking lot to the summit in about 1:10. The views are excellent. I usualy hang out a little while, then end up jogging down most of the trail, which takes about an hour. So its an 'out and back' hike. If you want to extend the length, start at the Blue Sky Reserve (free). From here its 10.5 miles and 2,500 ft vert.
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I really enjoyed climbing woodsen mountain and coming back via an alternate route. This trail took me about 2.5 hours and was very enjoyable. I am going to do it backwards in the future, just to get a daytime view of some things I missed.

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Trail Information

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
Nearby City
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Sitton Peak
Local Maps