Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta

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The Santa Rosa Plateau is an upland plateau and southeastern extension of the Santa Ana Mountains in Riverside County, southern California. It is bounded by the rapidly urbanizing Inland Empire cities of Murrieta to the northeast, and Temecula to the southeast.The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve preserves approximately 8400acre of the plateau, and includes the Moreno and Machado Adobes, Riverside County’s oldest standing structures, and other buildings from the 19th century Mexican land grant Rancho Santa Rosa.HabitatsThe Santa Rosa Plateau is home to several native plant communities and habitats, including purple needlegrass prairie (Nassella pulchra), California oak woodland (Engelmann Oaks—Quercus engelmannii), montane chaparral, coastal sage scrub, and vernal pools, which are increasingly rare in urbanized Southern California.
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  • Beautiful area to hike or ride. Easy terrain. Nothing too technical. Beautiful in the spring when it greens up from rains. Can be hot in the summer.  more »
  • This place is fantastic for anyone who loves the outdoors. Lots of hiking trails to choose from. Great topography and views. We were there on a Saturday and it was not crowded. Put on your walking sho...  more »
  • Had a great day with my kids. I'm not in great shape, so there were several choices for me to choose from. Would recommend for a full day or just part of a day. There are also picnic tables.  more »
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  • Great hikes very close to town
  • Great hiking spot
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