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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.

The journey to the eagle is pretty straight forward and I agree that the scenery doesn't change dramatically - though its still a good easy/mild hike.

so this was really confusing as there were 2 entrances on either side of the road. the CORRECT trail head is to the right of the fire station, not the one that has the PCT signpost. I apologize to the 3 ladies I gave wrong directions to. Oops. :(

Anyway, at the correct trail head, you'll pass through a pipe gate with a sign that say to close it behind you as livestock roam freely in the area. you'll pass through three of these gates and you should make sure you close the gates or else you'll be on television chasing around wild livestock.

The hike itself is very easy - barely any inclines or declines, HOWEVER, towards the later portion of the trail, there wont be any shade so depending on when you go, be cautious and bring enough water and wear your sunblock. I started the hike at 8AM and the temperature was a crisp 50 degrees F. But it felt like 70 degrees in the open area.

Once you reach the EAGLE, go ahead and mount it and fly over the remainder of the PCT. HA! Just kidding but wouldn't that be pretty cool? I named the eagle Daenarys after Daenarys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.

22 hours ago

off road driving
1 day ago

People definitely need to take this trail more seriously. I was shocked to see how ill prepared groups of hikers were for this trail- wearing black jeans and carrying NO WATER!
To get to the higher tier of the falls, expect some serious scrambling. Definitely would NOT recommend for dogs and children.

I’d recommend saving this trip until you’ve checked conditions to make sure the waterfall is running. And don’t forget your permit! There was a ranger there checking everyone’s. The water is cold, but worth the dive in on a hot day.

off road driving
1 day ago

off road driving
1 day ago

Wow! What an awesome ride with amazing views. Went early in the morning and passed six 4x4 enthusiasts trail had places to pull over. Took the dog and did some hiking at the end of the trail. Definitely will add this to the return trip list! Moderate trail did not need 4x4 at all I have a limited wrangler with a 4” lift and oversized tires.

Nice trail, easy to navigate. If you are hiking, watch out for the bicyclists.

Good conditioning hike if you’re looking for some cardio - 3 miles of switchbacks, straight up. Fun! Then the way back is easy breezy. Keep eyes and ears out for mountain bikers here and there.

First part is 90% downhill and 10% flat going back is obviously the opposite. Start early if going in the summer and bring lots of water and some kind of snack for energy. Little to no shade and only a couple of places to sit. Also, when I did this hike the “swimming” water was stagnant, had a bunch of fish and I also saw a snake swimming in it. Just a FYI if you plan on swimming in it.

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