Best trails in Cleveland National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Cleveland National Forest, California? AllTrails has 165 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 94 moderate trails in Cleveland National Forest ranging from 0.6 to 28.4 miles and from 387 to 6,263 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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#1 - Black Star Canyon Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
NOTE: As of May 2020, parking along Black Star Canyon Road and parking lots will be closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check with the park before visiting for up to date information. Black StaShow more
#2 - Eagle Rock via the PCT
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
Eagle Rock via the PCT is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Warner Springs, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hShow more
#3 - Skyline Drive to Beek's Place
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 5 h 54 m
Skyline Drive to Beek's Place is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Corona, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numShow more
#4 - Corte Madera Mountain Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. Start oShow more
#5 - Lawson Peak Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Lawson Peak Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jamul, California that features a cave and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbiShow more
#6 - Upper Hot Spring Canyon to Falls Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
Trailhead can be tricky to find. It is several miles down a narrow winding one lane road. Walk onto the filed and follow the small stream that leads to the main stream. The stream will take you to theShow more
#7 - Garnet Peak Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Garnet Peak Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a numShow more
#8 - Ortega Falls
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
Please note: it has been reported the parking lot for this trail is closed due to COVID-19, but road turnout parking may be available. Please research prior to your visit.Show more
#9 - Big Laguna Mountain Loop Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 4 h 56 m
Big Laguna Mountain Loop Trail is a 10.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mount Laguna, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numbShow more
#10 - Garnet Peak via PCT
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Garnet Peak via PCT is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Laguna, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used fShow more
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