Vista Grande Trail via the Boulder Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 293' 89 m
Descent: -294' -89 m
High: 1,938' 591 m
Low: 1,748' 533 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“An out and back hike in one of the richest and most biodiverse areas in Southern California.”— Jacob Collins
Family Friendly This trail is fairly easy with only moderate inclines. Keep in mind this is an area where rattlesnakes can be found so keep young children close.
Follow trail signs while keeping left, leading to the Grande Vista Trail. Along this trail, you'll find Tenajas, pockets in the stream beds created by water rolling back into itself when met with these large boulder in its path, all of which create ecosystems found nowhere else.
You'll cross seasonal streams over well-maintained foot bridges leading to open space grasslands bordered by Engelmann Oaks and wildflowers in the spring. When clear, you can see Mt. San Jacinto and Mt.San Gorgonio to the east.
In the mornings and evenings, mule deer can be seen skirting the tree lines and also coyotes racing across the trails ahead of you. Birds, bugs, reptiles, and more can be found year round. This is a jewel of an area, and we're very fortunate to have it.
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ADA Accessible, Need to Know, History & Background
Land Manager: Riverside County Parks
Jun 7, 2018: Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Lake Skinner
May 23, 2018: Wildflower Show at Idyllwild Nature Center