Toulon Drive Loop
a.k.a. The Frog Hike (Murrieta, CA)
In theory, this is a loop trail. It starts and ends as a dirt service road connected to a dead end, and runs along the top of a streambed for a while until it wraps around a chaparral-covered hill. Very little shade except right by the stream.
If you start going west from the trailhead, you can follow some nice side trails down to and across the stream. A great place to look for dragonflies and damselflies in late spring and summer. Presumably frogs in the right season.
Continuing west around to the other side of the hill, the the trail gets narrower and steeper, and I couldn’t even find where to continue once I got to the water tanks.
Eventually I’d like to go back and try going the other way around, which goes to the top of the hill first and then try to connect up where I stopped last time.
All photos here are my own. You can find more in my Temecula Valley Nature gallery on Flickr.