Tenaja Falls Trail (5W04)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open


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 as active wildlife flock to the water and an abundance of wildflowers and birds are present. The trail winds another 2.1 miles up the canyon ending the Morgan Trail. A no alcohol ordinance is in effect at the trailhead and the falls. 

At a Glance

Fees none
Permit Info: Day use sign-in at trailhead. Permits required for overnight stays. Issued by the Trabuco Ranger District office.
Restrictions: Bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Follow wilderness regulations. Alcohol is prohibited at the trailhead and the falls.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Trailhead can be accessed by two routes, with the easier access being 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.



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  Area/Length : 
1.4 miles

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