Elfin Forest Olivenhain Reserve Loop Trail

MODERATE 184 reviews
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Elfin Forest Olivenhain Reserve Loop Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from October until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.3 miles 1935 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky


9 days ago

Steep and hot but beautiful views at the top!


12 days ago

An all around good hike!


16 days ago

hiking

This trail was a great work out friendly people and interesting to walk through the botanical garden... Also if you take this way down you have to cross the little river to get back to the entrance it is fun!


22 days ago

hiking

Love this trail!


1 month ago

hiking

My boyfriend and I just moved near by, and we stopped in to check it out. It was amazing! The botanical loop trail is short but super sweet. Every where you look is nature and wildlife. The running creek is fun to cross and there's a little stone bench you may stop to relax and experience all of the lush landscape. I can't wait to go back when it's not 90° and experiemce the way up trail.


1 month ago

hiking

Trail was fun. Lots of rocks so be aware of how you place your feet. There isn't much shade up at the top, so earlier the better. Free parking was nice!


1 month ago

Good early morning exercise. Fun to run down.


1 month ago

mountain biking

Some decent climbs and cool views.


1 month ago

hiking


2 months ago

hiking

Very nice views. Moderate is the perfect description for this trail. It does get a little tougher the higher you go and the heat doesn't help. Take plenty of water!


2 months ago


2 months ago

hiking


2 months ago

hiking

It's ok. Nothing special.


2 months ago

hiking

We only did the Way Up Trail and then the botanical garden trail back to the start. It was fun! It was steep but nice!


2 months ago

hiking

This is a great place to hike in North San Diego County, but very crowded on the weekends!! One of the best things about the Elfin Forest Preserve is by hiking up to the top you will have a beautiful view of the Olivenhain Dam. Once at the top there are a few different trails options. Head to the east on Lake Hodges Overlook trail and you will have a view of both Lake Hodges and Olivenhain Reservoir. So blessed to live where we have beautiful weather and amazing places to enjoy the outdoors!


2 months ago

nice hike for the family


2 months ago

hiking

This hike was great but if you look above it says this hike is easy but on the way up and down there are big rocks that we kept tripping on and it was super steep the whole way up. But I have to say that overall it was great the only thing that I didn't like was how easy they made it sound but it was really hard!


2 months ago


2 months ago

hiking

I love elfin forest for a close to home workout. You can go just a few miles or make it a long morning hike. it's beautiful and has great views.


3 months ago