In my pursuit to document the waterfalls of Southern California, I ran across this gem that may be pretty hidden from your typical hiking trails and paths that hikers take. Just arriving at the trailhead is actually one half the challenge, since it includes a 5 miles of hike down a one-lane road.
Keep on the one lane road, nevertheless be careful since there are a lot of blind curves that you must get around. After about 4 miles, you will notice the trailhead for Fishcamp. From this point, you just have a mile still left on your way before you notice a dirt lot on your left and the start of the trailhead.
Tenaja Falls is among those waterfalls which may not appear to be much to people outside the Southern California area. But taking into consideration how 150 ft waterfalls are quite uncommon there, and that it’s near Lake Elsinore , it really is quite a big deal! You will want an Adventure Pass for auto parking. For anybody who is going on the 15 South from Orange County, after that you will want to get off on Clinton Keith Road and turn right.
Whenever you pass the visitor facility for the Santa Rosa Plateau , you then will shortly notice Tenaja Road, which you will turn right on.
Tenaja Falls is a 1.5 mile path to be found near Murrieta, California that features a waterfall and will work for all hiking abilities. The path is primarily intended for backpacking, outdoors outings, and also bird watching and also is definitely accessible year-round. Dogs may also be able to use this path but they have to be kept on leash.
If one makes it though, you may be welcomed with a grand 150-foot waterfall that cascades over three distinct tiers before hitting a smallish pool at the base. Certainly it is really not Yosemite, nevertheless for Southern California, it is just a pretty gorgeous waterfall.
Observing this waterfall flowing involves some serious timing. The falls itself cascades over a number of sliding tiers on totally exposed slippery-when-wet granite. The only way to get a complete look at the waterfall was from across the canyon around the trail leading to the falls itself. Once on the top of the falls, you would need to try some bold scrambling to secure a good look at any part of the falls not to mention any of its pools.
Take a friend with you for the hike because this hike happens to be off the beaten path. You will find signs both for poison oak and mountain lions. The hike winds via a shaded area before you reach a water crossing. There are an ample number of rocks, and the water is rather stagnant. Whenever you go across the water, there is a stunning shaded grove that you could unwind in or continue up to the left to get started on the elevation gain.
From here, the trail will continue to ascend till you arrive at a turn out about halfway and might start to see the falls towards your right. They are hard to overlook because there are a bunch cut outs where you can see some others have gone off the road to get a good viewpoint. You can keep on along this route up until you get to where it ends at the top of the falls.
While they don’t appear large in the picture, they are really a respectable size when you get to the top, and there is a lot of room to drop far, so be careful. From this point, you may pretty much loosen up and soak in the falls before coming back the hike to your vehicle.
The Tenaja Falls is certainly gorgeous, and also the solitude being there alone can be remarkable. Never take too lightly this hike and drive though. Prepare for a minimum of half an hour from when you get out of the freeway to once you get to the trailhead, and so prepare the day properly.
Should you be looking for something different to do in the area, I highly recommend Santa Rosa Plateau which is a beautiful destination to rest and explore.
Check out Los Alamos Hills Sports Park here. It is a family favorite in Murrieta, CA.
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