Explore the most popular forest 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.

Its a beautiful trail but not easy to follow the signs for the peak are missing so we took a 3 mile detour and ended up taking the fire road up to the summit all in all 21 some odd miles. Ouch. Lots of vehicles on the fire roads and they will drive around you rather than giving you right away so be aware.

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
3 days ago

Scenic but rocky. Watch your feet. Some graffiti:(

Nice little trail to get away from it all for a few hours.. I plan on going back at night my next time around

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!

hiking
7 days ago

My family and our dog hiked this on Mother's Day. It was cool in the shade but warm in the sun, so layers were good. My kids are 8 and 11, and this was a very easy hike (I left my boots in the garage at home and did this in my husband's birks, 2 sizes too big). I will say that there are many trail junctions, so a map is necessary to know how to stay on the loop that you want.

The meadow was gorgeous and this is one of the most fragrant hikes I've been on in California (pines). We saw a handful of mountain bikers (which this trail is great for!) and a few walkers, but many long stretches alone. Overall, a very pleasant and peaceful walk.

May 13th 2018 Mother's Day. The weather was perfect nice and cool. We left about 8:45 a.m. There seems to be some discrepancy about the length. Some of the other reviewers agree that it's longer than 3.5. It seems closer to 4.5 miles. The first two to three miles are very gentle and well-groomed. However there is lots of poison oak. The last mile gets very narrow very and Rocky with a steep drop off you get to use your hands. the best part was being able to descend down to the creek floor and hike around on the big smooth boulders. There are multiple places to descend. This area is before any of the falls. there are ways to travel up to the falls while being right down at the water's edge. Getting to the second Falls is easily done but we were not on a path we were climbing on rocks and boulders. Clearly many before us have done this. the only section that is very steep is the portion to get from the second falls to the third Falls. This did require crossing over the water and using some ropes that have been kindly placed by previous hikers thank you. coming back we stayed on the trail that is higher up the slope on the east side of the creek. This path is tremendously narrow and only can be used single file. There were many slippery points. You Are Climbing over rocks and you get to use your hands. overall it was a nice hike. I should mention the eight miles on Boulder Creek Road that is dirt in either direction. That was an adventure in itself.

Tough hike in and out. But worth it just for the waterfalls and red salamanders. Bring lots of water the for the trip uphill back out. Choose a cool & cloudy day. Beautiful views of the SD mountains.

off road driving
8 days ago

Indian truck trail is one of our favorite close to home trails. Nice, easy trail for beginners. Connects with the main divide, and once you get to the top you can go left to Santiago peak and follow it down into Orange County or go right and head into Silverado Canyon. The view from the top is amazing!

Great hike. Start out walking to the far side of the parking lot and the trail begins there. You’ll turn left when you hit a lone post and you’ll be able to see the falls in the distance (seems closer than it actually is!) As you hike along, you’ll notice a drop off about a mile or so toward the falls. You can either go down this way or continue around on the trail that is cut into the side of the mountain. I went down on the way there and it was a lot of fun. A little hairy getting down to the bottom of the valley and a couple of butt slides to get down safely. Once you’re down at the bottom, you can hop along the boulders that the creek from the waterfall runs under (probably my favorite part.) A couple easy rope climbs (the slope is just a little steep and the ropes assist you in keeping your footing,) and you’re at the waterfall! If you don’t jump in your a sissy. I walked along the easier trail that I mentioned earlier that cut into the mountain side on the way out and it was very gradual and much easier to traverse than the original way I went down.

All in all, great hike. Would recommend to anyone staying in the area for a few days.

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
10 days ago

Started at Penny Pines pArking and did the PCT section first as there is NO shade

Kind of steep and gravel gong down to Indian Creek

There is some shade the last two miles on the Noble Canyon trail

this is a very steep long trail. nice views. Just make sure you go on a cool day. not much shade. But the views are worth it !

I almost died on this hike lol. Got there about 8:30 am, got to the falls about 2 hours later (got confused because there is an arrow on a rock pointing a different direction so we thought we took a wrong turn but it was right). Spent time at each fall, climbing the first rope was a little challenging but the second rope was easy. It was very sunny so it got hot, not a lot of shade. Leaving the falls is where we got lost because when you climb over the boulders to get back to the path, it’s not really clear which way to return so we ended up down in unmarked forest while we could see the trail way above our heads. Had to climb through bushes and trees to find our way back. Ran out of water and the heat made us pan a little. Pay attention to the path you take when you leave. But we survived! Definitely the most challenging hike I’ve been on.

Real short and easy hike, but beautiful view.

hiking
14 days ago

Fun trail, OK views. Much of the start of the trail is in direct sunlight, and can get quite hot. It was a relief to get into the wooded area, but it didn’t last long until the gnats became overwhelming. I was slightly worried as many of them gathered around my dogs eyes, and I was constantly wiping them away. We found good rest spots and a good camp spot. Saw only a few other hikers and bikers, but were alone for pretty much the whole hike.

hiking
15 days ago

I stumbled upon this trail by accident and am glad I did. The view at the top is incredible and the trail itself is very quiet. It’s windy at the top so bring a lightweight jacket.

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!

great trail, could wander around there all day! will definitely be going back to explore more!

Good, steady moderate trail. First half terrain, pure mountains and second half pure high desert. Great views of Anza Borrego and the walk through Laguna meadows is beautiful. Damage from the prior fire very evident in some sections. If your on foot keep an eye out for the mountain bikers... Laguna meadows seems to be a popular trail for them.

My first time hiking this trail. Recommend checking the weather as this week is a great time to go. So glad the ropes were there as I made it to the second falls. I saw a few kids hiking ahead of their parents and I thought they were too young to be doing that. Some of the trail is right at the edge of the drop off so I had the kids climb the rocks and wait for their folks. Way too dangerous as the the kids were between the ages of 5-8yrs old. Not sure when they empty the trash cans but people were just dumping trash on the ground as the cans were overflowing. Take your trash with you.

Nice hike. Great little falls at the end

hiking
22 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.

trail running
22 days ago

The trailhead is in a new residential area. A small amount of trash is present. It looks like people sometimes dump here. A mile in there is a church retreat. It’s a nice quiet area to have one.

The first four miles the trail is dry and dusty. This is where it’s not to fun when the off-road vehicles pass. The day I was on the trail there were not too many. I saw a couple of hikers, a guy on mountain bike, Motorcycle and Jeeps. A little of everything.

Once you get four miles the scenery changes. It gets a lot greener. Many more tall trees. The trail is softer from leafs and pine needles. The temperature is much cooler. The view was amazing. It felt like I was in a different place. I was surprised to find it like this.

I had started my run late and could only put in seven miles to the saddle. From there I could make out the ocean through the haze. On a clear day this would be a cool place to come. From here the trail splits. To the left is Trabuco Peak and Santiago to the right.

I hope to come back and run to Trabuco. It’s 11.5 miles to the peak for a total of 23 miles. I’ll need to bring a pack with more water, food and safety gear.

Beautiful views of the mountains. Nice, wide, clearly marked trail. Mostly open, some shady areas. Only a few piles of dog doo. Very steep at many points—poles recommended if you have bad knees! Took me about 1.5 hours. My only complaints were the views of the subdivisions and the concrete funnels on parts of the hike.

Nice trail, slow steady incline all the way up.
Didnt do the last “loop” once I hit the dirt road on top: there were too many motorcycles on the road and didn’t wanna be inhaling dirt for 4miles.
70% shaded. Nice wild flowers. Great for endurance training. Blessed with Sunny and 65F today but definitely can see lots of water needed on a hot day.
Will be back on a weekday to finish the top: hopefully less motorcycles.

Incline trail. I grade this trail moderate/hard. We parked on street that led to trail, why drive? The views were okay, the leg workout was good. Keep in mind the trail is full of uneven ground, holes. If your okay with the incline being most of your trail, this is for you! Wish I could post trail pictures for you, don’t know how though.

took my stock 2wd s10 up to the peak and back down had no problems getting up there pretty easy trail has some nice view points.

Gate is closed 2miles before parking lot and notice posted saying Emergency closure April 20th through May 18th, 2018. I’ll try to post photo of sign warning $5,000 fines for being in area.

The trail was easy. I wished I could have done the old trail for a better challenging workout. We started about 8:30 am. Weather was nice and cool. When we hiked back our if was a bit warmer. Heard some rattle snakes so be careful! Overall, great hike for anyone and kids no younger than 9-10 years of age.

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