Once you reach the trailhead, a pleasant half-hour hike will take you to Tenaja Falls - a dramatic sight when water is flowing. Spring is the best season to view the falls when water rushes over the rocks and an abundance of wildflowers and birds are present. The trail winds another 2.1 miles up the canyon ending the Morgan Trail. Call ranger station for status. Carry plenty of water and a no alcohol ordinance is in effect at this trailhead and the falls. CAUTION: Poison oak is abundant year-round in the falls area.
At a Glance
Day use sign-in at trailhead. Permits required for overnight stays. Issued by the Trabuco Ranger District office.
Bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Follow wilderness regulations. Alcohol is prohibited at the trailhead and the falls.
Directions: Trailhead can be accessed by two routes. High profile 4x4 vehicles are recommended. Best access is from the south. From I-15 go southwest on Clinton Keith Road, then right (west) on Tenaja Road - a total of 9.9 miles. Turn right onto Rancho California Road (FS 7S01 Wildomar), continuing 5 miles to the trailhead. An alternate, but rougher northern access, is from Ortega Highway south on Killen Trail Road/South Main Divide 10.6 miles (paved and unpaved) passing Wildomar Campground and OHV area. Below the campground the road is narrow and winding.