Whale Peak

Whale Peak stands as a botanical island in the sky amidst the scorched, barren wastelands of the Anza-Borrego desert. Representing the high point of the Vallecito Mountains, Whale Peak supports a thriving pinyon-juniper woodland, which is more common to the higher elevations of the Mojave Desert and eastern sides of the Sierra Nevadas. Flora aside, …

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve – Sylvan Meadow Loop

Tucked up on a plateau overlooking Murrieta and Temecula lies the Santa Rosa Plateau Reserve. This 8,000 acre park features 40 miles of hiking trails, the largest remaining Engelmann oak habitat, adobes dating back to the 1860's, vernal pools, and miles of rolling meadows studded with oaks and sycamores.Distance: 5.7 MilesElevation Gained: 500'Difficulty: EasyTime: 3.5 …