One of best parks in San Diego County

Once you make it up here you might as well circle around the lake and see what's below, and that does include Lake Hodges.

This is a decent hike and the botanical trail is a must see.

Nice hike, moderate to high traffic on weekend with view of Lake Hodges and Olivenhain reservoir.

Awesome views. Moderate hike but not terribly long. 1.5ish miles to the reservoir from the information center.

Amazing view!!! For me the hike was very easy, but I enjoyed.

16 days ago

Love Elfin Forest.

This is a beautiful area for a day hike. I would recommend taking a trail map with you, which can be found at the trailhead area. Starting from the trailhead, there are about 1 1/2 miles of switchbacks, but when you get to the top, there are lovely views of the Olivenhain Reservoir all the way to the ocean. Surprisingly, also at the top of the trail, there was a drinking fountain, clean pit toilets and a picnic area with benches. We continued on the trail to the Lake Hodges overlook and that was well worth it - I highly recommend it. It is a few more switchbacks to get to this overlook, but we could see Lake Hodges, Laguna Mts and other peaks. A spectacular view! We took some awesome photos from this overlook. All of the trails are maintained well and the signage is superb. We took this hike on a weekday and didn't see very many people. I will definitely return to this area for more hiking adventures.

These directions get you to the Elfin Forest and Olivenhain Reservoir.
Check out Bernardo Mountain Trail to get to the Lake Hodges overlook.

This whole page should be trashed. The map on front shows Olivenhain Reservoir, not Lake Hodges.
And another thing , there's already a Bernardo Mountain trail page on here which is basically what overlooks Lake hodges.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Really like this trail when I want to get extra work out!

1 month ago

Fun trails, well maintained, natural terrain, not crowded, beautiful views

Beautiful scenery and not too challenging.

Nice local trail looping around Olivenhain Reservior. Enough trail to get a good workout (10 miles) and variety of trails for families (2 miles to a chair.) Dog friendly with off-leash legal after 1 mile in!