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.

Awesome view worth the drive

2 days ago

Awesome trails!! Sad we didn't get to trek them all before the trail park closed.

3 days ago

This was a moderate to strenuous hike that took 4.5 hours including a 15 minute rest at the top. I started out at 7.40am to beat the heat. It was 60F starting and when I got back it 97F. I took 1.5 liters of water with me and ran out over the last mile even though the trail has shade in many places. Being Thanksgiving it was deserted bar a pleasant young lady and her two dogs at the peak itself. I signed my name in the UGS marker travel log at the peak. The last half mile was very steep and the trail was hard, in poor condition and not well marked. Coming down I went wrong and had to back track to the peak itself.

Definitely go when the weather is clear and cool. I imagine this trail would be great with more water in the stream beds. I only saw 1 person on the trail.

off road driving
4 days ago

we took this Trail last Sunday and had a good time running it. Most of it is easy, though there are some severe short where people have tried to pass it with two wheel drive vehicles and dugout deep holes. those areas I would consider moderate. We were in a Jeep JK and have it in 4-wheel drive high and never even slipped a tire. it has great views both East and West at various times. A fun couple of hours for a Sunday afternoon.

12/3/2017: the waterfall was not flowing at this point in the year and the trail to the waterfalls was really tricky to find once we got to the bottom, there was no real clear path, but we made it! I'd definitely do it again, getting back up is a serious work out, try to find the most solid path when your headed back up the sandy portion. Hopefully on our next trip the falls will be flowing :)

5 days ago

We loved the time we spent walking in Hollenbeck, but we were confused by the trail signs. All the maps show a perfectly discernible loop, which we never figured out. There were many unmarked forks. Our total mileage was 6.8 mi, and most of the time we felt lost. Granted, lost in a beautiful place but confused nonetheless. If someone can explain the color codes on the trailmarkers, I'd appreciate it.

It was a perfect 70 degrees. Everything was very dry with only a few spots of greenery. Tree coverage was nice throughout. Lovely spots with boulders.
Was an easy hike with only a few up hills, only one of them being moderately steep. Some loose gravel on the way down. The view was beautiful at the top. Best part is we encountered a gorgeous rattle snake on the way down.
If you keep right on the trail, it’ll take you on the loop. It was beautiful, but definitely not lush during this season. It’s a good trail if you’re getting away from city life though. Didn’t run into more than 3 people the whole time. It was about 5.5 miles round trip. Took us around 2 1/2 hrs, but we were taking our time exploring.
Jamul area has beautiful trails. I recommend this one.

Great hike. Beautiful views.