Historic Adobe Trail

Temecula, California 92589

Historic Adobe Trail

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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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Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"In 1846, Pio Pico, governor of California, granted the 48,000-acre Santa Rosa Rancho to Juan Moreno. Moreno built a ranch where he and his family grazed cattle. The small Moreno adobe is the oldest building in Riverside County, and the large Machado adobe, built later around 1855, is the second oldest. This hike visits the restored ranch, passing by way of the vernal pool and a shady creek. It is ideal in the spring, when the pool is full and the wildflowers are in bloom." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Rancho Santa Rosa Historic Area
Local Contacts
TOPO! CD: California CD 10; USGS: Wildomar
Local Maps

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Dec 2018