Historic Adobe Trail

Temecula, California

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Visit rare Engelmann oaks in their natural setting on the Santa Rosa Plateau as you enjoy this creekside walk and the lovely hillsides. Engelmann oaks are endemic to Southern California and the northernmost reaches of Baja California. The ideal habitat for the trees is atop flat mesas, which unfortunately has conflicted with model locations for human habitation and tract homes. The trees have lost the battle with the ever-increasing population in the region, and sadly this grove remains as one of the only protected populations in existence. It is estimated that up to 70 percent of the oaks remaining in San Diego County were destroyed in the Cedar Fire of 2004, and housing along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains has virtually wiped out the oaks in their northernmost range.
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by Alleen Riedel (Falcon Guides)

Visit rare Engelmann oaks in their natural setting on the Santa Rosa Plateau as you enjoy this creekside walk and the lovely hillsides. Engelmann oaks are endemic to Southern California and the northernmost reaches of Baja California. The ideal habitat for the trees is atop flat mesas, which unfortunately has conflicted with model locations for human habitation and tract homes. The trees have lost the battle with the ever-increasing population in the region, and sadly this grove remains as one of the only protected populations in existence. It is estimated that up to 70 percent of the oaks remaining in San Diego County were destroyed in the Cedar Fire of 2004, and housing along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains has virtually wiped out the oaks in their northernmost range.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Temecula
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Rancho Santa Rosa Historic Area
Local Maps: TOPO! CD: California CD 10; USGS: Wildomar
Driving Directions: Directions to Historic Adobe Trail

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May 2018