The Tenaja Falls Trailhead can be accessed by two routes; high-profile or 4X4 vehicles are recommended. Best access is from the south off Interstate 15 and Clinton Keith Road. The alternate northern access off Ortega Hwy. and Killen Road is rougher.
Once you reach the trailhead, a pleasant half hour hike will take you to the Tenaja Falls... a dramatic sight when water is flowing. You can sit on the surrounding rocks to enjoy the view or have a picnic. Spring is the best season to view the falls when the water rushes over the rocks and an abundance of wildflowers and birds are present. The trail winds another 2.1 miles up the canyon currently ending at private property. Plans are in process to extend the trail 1.5 miles around the private property to meet the Morgan Trail.
Caution: Poison Oak is abundant year-round in the falls area.
Directions: From Temecula, CA, Travel Interstate 15 to the Clinton Keith Road exit and go west, then south on Tenaja Road for a total of 9.9 miles. Turn right on Rancho California Road (FS 7S01). Continue 5 miles to trailhead.
Distance: 5.4 miles
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