nature trips


wild flowers

dogs on leash


trail running


mountain biking

kid friendly

dog friendly

horseback riding


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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.

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.

on Monument Peak Trail

2 days ago

great hike, very secluded.

Shorter hike than expected, and we found good weather aside from the Santa Ana winds this week. Really cool eagle rock, but not very many good views along the way. Try and explore more along PCT if you go!

5 days ago

Awesome view worth the drive

8 days ago

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

8 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
9 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.

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