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Cleveland National Forest encompasses 460,000 acres, mostly of chaparral, with a few riparian areas. A warm dry mediterranean climate prevails over the Forest. It is the Southernmost National Forest in California.

on Oasis Spring Trail

20 hours ago

The only parking is south of the trail and you have to hike up to the trail on the highway. I took the trail just south of where the map shows the trail starting, and it joins the PCT for a bit before joining this trail. However, this trail had a lot of sticks piled over the opening suggesting that it's not a legal trail. I went down 1/2 way anyway, then turned back because it was too hot. On my way back to the car the original trail I took from the highway had a "illegal trail" sign on it. I try to respect these signs but it's hard to hike this trail and stay legal.

nice hike, be careful tho..i got poison oak on my leg. do not bring a dog that you can't carry up the roped sections. I have 2 boxers and thank goodness i didnt bring them. really nice tho.

My boyfriend and I went and it was a pretty fun hike. once you get to the waterfall there is a swimming hole, my boyfriend cliff jumped into it, it was well worth the sun!
We started around 3 and on our way there, there were lots of people that were heating casing and had run out of water so come prepared. i wouldn't recommended starting after 3 or 4, rattlesnakes come out around dusk (we almost literally ran into one).
great experience though! lots of geckos running around.

off road driving
2 days ago

Trail is incredible, definitely better than I am (on MTB). Don't go in July! Had 3 Liters each, still ran out of water on the round trip.

4 days ago

4 days ago

4 days ago

The contrast between high alpine environments to the desert way down below is incredible. Easy to find. The hike itself is a nice, easy trail with lots to look at. The silence mixed with the noise of the wind sweeping across the mountain was awesome. If in the summer bring water.

5 days ago

The road to the TH is now open (July 2017). The road to the TH does close sporadically during prescribed fire burns on Palomar Mountain, generally in the spring. Please call the Palomar Ranger District for up to date road closures and conditions at 760-788-0250. Additionally, this is a strenuous trail during the summer months and hiking is not advised.

off road driving
7 days ago

Really fun and chill trail did it all in 2wd