Elfin Forest Olivenhain Reserve Loop Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
First timer and I loved the trails. The fire road running down the center was alright but being the single track aficionado that I am it wasn't bad by any means. Did the 10.3 route loop on here by way of: way up trail, left at main junction towards lake Hodges' overlook to witch trail then loop back around to maintenance road to chaparral trail to equine incline looping around and back to way up trail. Very rocky at times, long steady climbs with occasional short but steep pitches and mix of single track and fire road. It was showering throughout my run and after 36 hours of good rain prior to that, the trail was easily runnable still. I'll be making the drive back here.
Great hike! Lots of hills and different terrains. Some in the shade and some in the sun. Lots of different trails you can take so take a photo of the map before you start or take a copy with you.