One of best parks in San Diego County
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.
SoCal Guy E. on Elfin Forest Olivenhain Reserve Loo...
Fun trails, well maintained, natural terrain, not crowded, beautiful views