Superman - TRAIL

Superman - Trail, Murrieta, California

The trail from the parking lot is just a quick connecton, maybe 300 yards or so. At the end you will see Superman. When you are on Superman just stay on the trail. The trail is steep climbs and tight switch-backs and big rocks and sand. At the end the trail appears to go into a creek bed but look for a trail that goes to the left just before the creek. Turn right on the road. You will come to a second and turn left. Follow that to a paved dead end road. Take that to a bigger paved road. Turn left. follow that back to Cal. Oaks. Turn Left. Follow that back to your car. The trail is worth the short road ride. E-Mail me with what you think of it at nphan@pe.net

User Reviews (6)

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Pogi   Weekend Warrior [Dec 07, 2009]

Trail is scenic overall if you have the leisure to sit back and relax by becoming an expert on this trail. I have landed my @$$ on the dirt and still doing so many times every time we climb this trail. There's a look out area and a large marble boulder before that, which is really good for catching your breath and taking pics before you go down "superman" post ±0.7 miles. There's also a warning if you encounter a mountain lion, which we never see one ever since we start riding this trail. We are always on the look out since we always climb hungry.
Heavy water cuts on the trail which adds difficulty on the climb and a good damage to your ego downhill of you don't ride them down carefully. There are a couple of jump-ramps which most probably fanatics made. The superman trail it self is not a joke for intermediate riders and definitely not for beginners (try Harold Davis and Manzanita just across the road 50X first and slaughter house 10X without crashing).
Looking up the trail after heart burning hair pins and jagged rocks is a relief. Still one piece and still can walk to ride another day. Going back to return to the parking spot in La Cresta is a pain. Uphill is as difficult as the downhill. So if your lower than intermediate, try using the paved road coming back to your car and save yourself from the bush cuts.
3 notable hike-a-bike area due to extremely lose top soil, but manageable down hill ride - i enjoyed this part the most, tests my crashing skill every time.

Customer Service

Past Clinton Keith West Exit off I-15 (South of Corona or North of Temecula)

Park at the fire station then climb "Slaughter house" first, work your way down La Cresta parking lot then start from the opening trail of the "Superman" then back to the Fire station (paved road or trail).

There's a visitor center past the La Cresta parking lot where you can check out more info about the area.

Similar Products Used: Notable Adjacent Trails:
Slaughter House
Harold Davis Hill
Manzanita
Meadows Parking lot to the Visitor Area
Sylvan Meadows
Fenceline
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4
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4
wrx504   Cross Country Rider [Nov 18, 2009]

Rode this for the first time last weekend. What a blast! The trail is not too long but you can always start on the opposite side of the main road before heading down the mountain. You will encounter a few steep hills some are very rutted out with loose rock everywhere. I have only done this once and stopped many times to enjoy the awesome views and the ride only took about an hour and 20 minutes from the top of the visitor center to the bottom in Murrieta. If your brakes are not the best I would not recommend this trail.

Similar Products Used: On the other side of Clinton Keith from the visitor center there are many more trails. Trails are marked out with what types of vehicles are allowed on which trails. Follow these rules as the ranger told me people are disobeying these signs so much they may be forced to stop allowing mountain bikers anywhere on the plateau.
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4
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2
jake   Weekend Warrior [Nov 25, 2007]

i absolutely love riding superman! i ride it about once a week. when my riding and buddies get to the bottom, there is a fork, if you go left it goes to town, if you go right, there is another little loop with some boulders to play around on. we will then ride through the town to the fire station on clinton keith and put our bikes on our shoulders and climb the trail directly behind it to the beginning of superman and either go down again or just ride the trail back to the cars. awesome trail with a little bit of everything and great for training since im newer to riding.

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5
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3
H301FF   Weekend Warrior [Oct 04, 2006]

When they close a trail they close it for a reason. I went ahead and rode this trail after putting my bike through the hole in the fence, thinking that it couldn't be that bad. Well it was, after going over the handlebars twice,bending my front brake lever, riding and hikeing for close to 45min I decided to turn around. This will be a great ride once it is back in service.

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5
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4
PhotoMom   Weekend Warrior [Aug 30, 2005]

I live just below this trail. It's closed. The 2005 rains thrashed it and no one is willing to help the trail master repair it. It would re-open if we could organize a group of people (who actually show up) to work on it, then we could get this trail open again.

Similar Products Used: Note: Disregard my ratings for this trail. I have only ridden this trail on horseback so I am not qualified to say how this trail is for mountain bikes.
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5
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5
Darryl Medley   [Jul 20, 1999]

Directions: Exit the I-15 at Clinton Keith and go west. Follow the signs that say "Wildlife Viewing" and "Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve." You can pick up a trail map at the Visitor's Center.
The trail itself is both fun and challenging, with numerous steep, rocky, sandy sections. The trail ends with a real steep and sandy trail that goes down the ridge that forms the edge of the Temecula Valley. (Great view from the top though!) I have to walk about half of this part of the trail because of numerous sandy hair-pin turns. There are a number of trails at the bottom of the ridge. I recommend taking the short ride up either of the two trails or the road that go West up into Cole Canyon. At the end (about 1/2 mile) there is an Oak grove with fish-filled pools (part of Cole Creek). Take a close look at the big granite rocks in this area. Many have holes bored into them by Native Americans who camped here hundreds of years ago. To return to civilization, you either go back the way you came or you follow a trail that runs along the bottom of the ridge you came down to the housing tract where I live. The trail is kind of hard to see. It is just above and parallel to a dirt road that runs about half way out of the canyon. (Don't take the other roads that follow the creek unless you want to end up in Temecula.) The trail ends at a dead-end paved road. Take this road to the Stop sign at Calle Del Oso Oro (about 1/4 mile). Turn left and follow Calle Del Oso Oro Northwest until it ends at Clinton Keith (about 1 mile). Turn left onto Clinton Keith and take it back to where you parked (a steep, two mile climb). Bring lots of water! It's frequently over 100 deg. out here in the summer.

Customer Service

I'm writing this to correct the numerous errors in the posted review. I have lived at the base of the trail for 3 1/2 half years and have hiked & ridden it numerous times.

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4
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BIG DOG   [Feb 26, 2002]

IF YOUR NOT IN SHAPE WATCH OUT THE RIDE UP IS PRETTY STEEP. ON SOME OF THE UP HILL I HAD TO PACK THE BIKE UP, BUT THE RIDE DOWN WAS WORTH IT. ON THE WAY DOWN YOU WILL ENCOUNTER ALOT OF SWITCH BACKS, IT KEPT ME ON MY BRAKES ON THE WAY DOWN SO MAKE SURE THAT YOURS WORK!! BUT IN ALL THE VIEW WAS GREAT AND I HIGHLY RECOMEND IT.

Customer Service

START OFF AT SANTA ROSA AND JUST GO STRAIGHT UP. THE RIDE DOWN IS PRETTY TECHNICAL BUT FUN.

Similar Products Used: THERE IS A BUNCH OF TRAILS IN THAT AREA JUST GO AND EXPLORE.
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4
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