nature trips


wild flowers

dogs on leash


trail running


mountain biking

kid friendly

dog friendly

horseback riding


off road driving





no dogs

Cleveland National Forest is the southernmost National Forest in the state of California. The Forest encompasses 460,000 acres in divided into the Descanso, Palomar and Trabuco Ranger Districts and is in the counties of San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County. The U.S. Forest Service requires National Forest Adventure Pass for parking in many areas of the Cleveland National Forest. Popular activities include enjoying the picnic areas, hitting up the hiking trails up Laguna Mountain and Palomar Mountain, horseback riding, mountain biking. This is also a great place for camping. The Cleveland National Forest has campgrounds in the Descanso, Palomar, and Trabuco Ranger District as well as dispersed camping for a fee. Visitors can also take a drive along the Sunrise Scenic Highway and off roaders will enjoy the Corral Canyon and Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle Areas. The forest makes a great weekend trip from Los Angeles or other Southern California cities and is a great way to take in the Santa Ana Mountains.

1 day ago

Great hike I would label it moderate
not so hard but keep in mind you are going up on way back but lots of switch backs
-watch for bikers as there are blind corners
-bring lots of water
-lifeflight is very familiar with this trail
-planning yo bring my 11 year old next time

My dog and I enjoyed it, although it definitely was difficult. And especially at the beginning it was difficult to keep on the trail at times. Pretty overgrown in areas. I suggest long pants! And lots of water, full sun the whole way. Good views at the top!

2 days ago

on Lawson Peak Trail

2 days ago

2 days ago

steep descent on the way down in the early part of trail and of course coming back up. there's a small rope a climber has tied to a small shrub that can be used to help hoist you down. the rest of trai is easy. best done in winter. bring lots of water.

It’s a challenging trek with steep gradient loose ground. Bring lot’s of water and sunscreen. But view to and from the falls is spectacular.

2 days ago

Great trail. Starts off straight uphill for the 1st half mile, then you get roller coaster type hills as you see your destination, the american flag as you finish the last leg on the patriot trail. You are then treated with a beautiful view at the top of Dana Point and the ocean.
Nice wide dusty, dirt packed trail. Views on the way up of rolling hills and highway 5 in the distance. Many trail variations. Great area to get some cardio. Took 1:30 round trip at 4.5 miles.

I started the trail at 7am... It was one of the best hikes I have done in San Diego! Great views, water, meadows people on the trail were experienced hikers, mountain bikers were courtious. All around awesomeness! My dog loved it too!