Explore the most popular trail running 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.

13 hours ago

Did this hike yesterday was my first time did the big loop trail 6 miles. Just as we were leaving the fog rolled in and covered the entire valley so awesome to experience with the kids. Will definitely go back there with the mountain bike.

17 hours ago

I liked the wide open space and it was great to see the natural vegitation and animals in the area. Only bad thing about it was the endless amount of cow pies. Be careful where you walk!

Where to park the car for hiking???

I loved this hike. The path is great mix of forest and open areas. The first part is with good tree cover and you are passing through a forest, parts of it have a enchanted vibe. Then around mile 2 it opens high bush layout and then changes to open plain with short grass. I saw plenty of birds, rabbits, and squirrels. On this day, I only met other hikers on my way back, just starting for the day. The final prize is awesome. Eagle rock, as you approach it from afar it does look too interesting, but once you circle around the final turn, you understand! Loved it! The hike is little away from things but worth the drive.


7 days ago

My go to for getting away from all the crazies in the city

This was a great hike through varied ecosystems including oak forests, cacti/chaparral, and meadows. We went in early October, and had great weather. Our seven year old son enjoyed the hike as well.

There was no traffic noise or airplane noise, just birds and frogs. We saw a coyote and some turkeys, and the hikers we passed spotted a mountain lion.

The way out is a gradual uphill climb, making the trip back faster and easier.

11 days ago

I have done the hike several times. It is a great hike. Full spectrum of high and low desert ecosystems (evergreens, foliage, lakes, plains, desert, etc.). Feels like a little slice of Colorado in San Diego.

Fun hike to a very interesting rock formation. Will do this again in the spring when everything is greener.

Did this hike in late September, 2018. The weather was very cooperative with mostly cloudy skies. I’ve been hiking with a full pack for training and decided to camp in a boulder field at about 6000 feet elevation on the PCT section. There are several small tent sites just below the peak as well as a couple on top. I left my rain fly off and dozed off to the stary skies. Even though it was a Saturday I saw only one group of about 4 or five walk through that evening. What a great experience! After a short 3 mile down grade hike back to my car I enjoyed a great breakfast at the Blue Jay cafe before heading home.

15 days ago

Great hike! Started @ 7am, saw one other hiker. Moderate uphill all the way- stunning views. Turned around at private property signs. GPS says 4.65m. 2 hours but I take lots of pictures & enjoy the view. Starts at road to the right of a house. No trailhead sign.

off road driving
18 days ago

According to Cleveland National Forest website the trail is closed indefinitely due to the Holy Fire. Fun trail when it’s open. Hopefully they at least open North Main Divide so access to Santiago Peak is available again.

18 days ago

Fun trail with great views throughout. Especially on the eastern portion of the loop!

19 days ago

Beautiful trail! It's a slow inclined to the rock so it is much easier going back. The only thing I wish I knew before going is BRING BUG SPRAY. There were so many flies and bugs getting in our eyes while we were near the trees.

Super cute hike!!

Nice loop trail. Includes some good viewpoints where you can see up to Stonewall Peak and over to the east to the observatory. We went counter clockwise so getting to the last mile was a steeper uphill back toward the trail head.

I did this hike a week ago with my girlfriends and it is by far our favorite yet. There were no markings at the trailhead or anywhere along the trail. We just used previous hikers review and basically made it to the top following shoe prints from previous hikers.
We indefinitely used alot of upper body strength. Other than that the hike was not as difficult as others had mentioned.
The views were amazing starting from the pancake rock and from the cave..no wind at the top so we got pretty lucky and was able to enjoy our time up there. We will definitely come back again!

Nice hike. Lots of people hikers, runners, & bikers. Great views lots of birds and lazy cows.

just finished this bad boy or girl.. its was a challenge!

Is it open yet

1 month ago

A great hike for the early morning. The views are spectacular. You'll meet only a few people along the trail. I went on Labor day and only saw about 6 people. I started the hike at 7am and had the summit all to myself for a good 45 minutes. There is loose rock along the trail so good hiking shoes are a must. There is no parking pass needed, just park right in front of the trail head on the side of the road which has a metal bar across it. Dogs are allowed so pack up your pup and have an adventure. The morning sunrise makes it so that you're in the shade on the way up, but definitely take a hat and plenty of water in warm months because there is NO shade whatsoever when the sun's out.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Definitely more easy than moderate. My athletic 7yo was able to do this ride so it can’t be too difficult. Hill on the way out was the biggest challenge. Great trail though, we all had a blast!

off road driving
1 month ago

Trail still closed

I did segments of this loop before, but this time I completed the entire hike. I did it counter-clockwise where the elevation rise is more easier. Once, you cross Sunrise Hwy on the east side the view is great, on a clear day you can see the Salton Sea at about the 7 mile point counter-clockwise.

It was a very nice, relatively quick hike, and the views at the top were very impressive. I would point out that the trail has potentially-ankle-twisting loose rocks in the final half-mile towards the top. Given that, my family rates the first half easy and the second half moderate. Great time nonetheless.

nice little hike

fantastic trail but currently closed due to wildfires.

love this trail, but currently closed due to wildfires.

This was a great short hike.

I love the trails

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