Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Cleveland National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

The trailhead didnt have any markings or any post so were a little confused. Until the point where we you have to climb the little mountain the hike is moderate with beautiful views. However the trail is bulldozed making the terrain a little difficult to walk. The best part is the last section where you have to fo a little climbing and then climb up to the cave using ropes. Awesome views from the top. Very wind at the top.

Fun easy well maintained trail. That starts in shaded oak trees then breaks out into a plains area with a cool rock formation at the end. Nice scenery only a few people. Saw pretty good size coyote in the mid of the day

A must see up close !

The best trail I've ever been on in my life! I was physically drained by the time I got to the Lake but the entire experience was amazing! It's well worth camping at the lake when you get there!

This trail was okay. Not "must do again," but nice enough. I did this trail alone with my dog on a Friday afternoon and there was NOT A SINGLE OTHER SOUL AROUND. Normally I'm happy to find less trafficked trails, but this was creepy since I was by myself!

hiking
10 days ago

Really beautiful hike! Definitely on the harder side. But, for those (like myself), who are scared of heights - the cave can be sketchy to go in and out of.

hiking
10 days ago

Very comparable to Cowles Mountain - pretty straight up incline w/ switchbacks. But, absolutely gorgeous view up top. Great, quick hike to knock out.

Hiked this trail with my dog earlier today and it was great. Trail starts off in a forest section with shade and a stream. You can get a view of some cows along the way as well. Trail then opens up to expansive views throug yt? out a valley that eventually leads to Eagle Rock. Not much shade here. Met some interesting people along the way including a group of guys from Australia do the PCT. All in all, this trail has everything. Easy trail and well maintained. Will definitely be back!

Made this hike earlier today with my 12 YO daughter it was fantastic, ran into many PCT thru hikers and they have helped solidify my daughters love for hiking. Great trail and we even met a couple on horseback, will definitely be back to experience this trail again!

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful, sunny day today. Yellow, white, and purple wildflowers were in bloom. Ran into about a dozen people during the hike (mid-day), about 50/50 mountain bikers to hikers. Nice combination of exposed and limited shade. Very easy grade. Lots of birds - spring is in the air. Dry - bring water and chap stick. Wonderful, pine tree smell!

I loved this trail. The varying trees, plants, and flowers in each section of the hike were delightful to look at. The cows were cute, the trail was relatively quiet, and Eagle Rock looks just like it’s namesake. I did this hike on a Sunday and at one point had the rock all to myself for around an hour. Highly recommend!

Alert: this trail has been recently bulldozed. All the way up to the look out point.
First part has been leveled out a bit however all the way up now has little up and down hills. Seems like they might be trying to make rain/water run offs - maybe grade it a bit better. Because of this, all the beautiful rocks are no longer visible. Makes it for a less enjoyable hike but still beautiful views over the mountains. Ground and rocks are loose.

hiking
28 days ago

This is a trail less traveled compared to others around the area. It’s cool because it’s like Forrest hiking. Once you get off the PCT it does get narrow and lots of manzanita bushes. Looking at the antenas on top is a turn off but the views are pretty damn good. Comfortable hike.

on Roberts Ranch Trail

trail running
28 days ago

I intended to do this as a trail run as it looked easy and flat, and it was actually pretty good for trail running; however there are sections of the trail that basically disappear; or get cut across by jeep tracks; or are otherwise hard to follow. If you look at my recording I look like a drunk person going back & forth across the "trail" trying to find it and go the right direction. I was not expecting a navigational challenge on this route! I was never afraid of being lost; it was pretty wide open and I could hear the freeway.

But it was uncrowded and pleasant. It was fun seeing the bear from Lions, Tigers, and Bears from afar. There were a couple of bow hunters there, and a canine search & rescue team were training - it was a little disconcerting to have a German shepherd run toward me at one point, but I quickly realized he was not interested in me. The "trail" goes through oak trees and along a streambed, and out onto a wide open meadow with cows here and there.

hiking
29 days ago

Do not let others review scare you on trying this trail. I did this this morning and enjoy every minute of it. If you enjoy hiking Cowles mountain like me, yippy will appreciate this trail.

1 month ago

Amazing mountain. Love it!

hiking
1 month ago

Did the first section including the little loop, around 4 miles total. Beautiful - lots of nice views, interesting plants. Trail is well-worn and easy to follow - note the white double-sided arrows on the ground to keep following the trail when coming to an offshoot, most of which lead to a campground. TONS of lizards, lots of mountain bikers as well, but all friendly. Great time!

off road driving
1 month ago

pretty fun, some pretty big ruts along the way, but nothing to crazy.

Beautiful trail and well maintained, pretty much flat with minimal curve. Round trip took less than 2 hours. I would rate this as easy. Eagle Rock is a must see if you just moved to California. Gorgeous!

Delightful short hike, only an hour drive from San Diego.
Easy parking, adequate signage. Once above timber line, view is spectacular over the open valley to lake Henshaw and Palomar mountain.
On a warm day the breeze from the SSW will be most welcome once in the plateau and on a cold winter day plan on a warm jacket.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! In love with this area. Outstanding place to park at the welcome center across the fire station! WOW! Take many pictures!

hiking
1 month ago

04/13/2018, hiked Los Pinos Peak Fire Lookout Tower from four corner, counterclockwise up to the peak and looped down via spur meadows, way trail, corral canyon trail and wrangler trail for 9.06 RT hiking mileage and 1,537 ft. elevation gains! Great view of Corte Madera Mt from the summit! I was surprised and disappointed to see lots trash of empty plastic water bottles and tuna and/or sardine cans! Good hike and passed mountain bikers and a few motor-cross bikers. Overall great hike!

Awesome! Just beware...where there is water, there be a-holes

Not even a trail. This is a rocky road that no car less than a Jeep should travel down. Don’t waste your time unless your looking for dirt bike trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Thanks to big bro Marty for turning me on to this gem of a hike!

Nice hike, first mile or so follows a seasonal creek and walk through shady oak trees. Next couple of miles is out in the open with expansive views, can see Palomar Observatory, Lake Henshaw out in the distance. Eagle Rock formation is amazing and happy to see no graffiti. An added plus on this trail, it is part of the PCT - hiked this on April 12 and met lots of PCT hikers. They were from everywhere....Denmark, UK, all over US - very interesting chatting with them and hearing their stories. Would not want to do this hike when hot because a lot of the hike is in open area with sun beating down on you! Rate this hike on the easy side rather than moderate. Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike!!! Enjoy!!!

A fairly well maintained path for how narrow it is. Saw some sdg&e employees on our way back up. plenty of exploring around the falls area, we went in early April to find a considerably verdant creek bed and clean stream.

Ticks- ticks- ticks everywhere!! Overgrown- not much to see until you reach the summit and that’s all. A “been there, done that and never more” for me

hiking
1 month ago

What a FUUUUN hiiiike!!! I would rate it EASY. Make sure to bring lots of water to hydrate and use sunscreen. ENJOY!!!!

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a fun trail!! I highly suggest doing it in reverse so that you can camp at the meadow area. This was about 7 miles from the start going in reverse otherwise if you do it the way it suggests it is about 3.5-4 miles into the trail. It is really pretty and although you cannot see far you are surrounded by mountains

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