Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great area to explore. There are so many trails, very well marked. We ended up logging about nine miles before I had realized how far we'd hiked. I found this hike looking for interesting local trails and read about the Elfin Forest's haunted past. Great dog hike too.

Beautiful scenery everywhere, from the waterfall, to the lake and dam, to the breathtaking views. So much to see and several different trails. I did the trail to Lake Hodges lookout and then did the extra loop trail from there to get in the extra mile. Some great steep hills for cardio!

Nice hike up to the Lake Hodges Overlook. The first half is a mile and a half of switchbacks going up about 800 feet. The rest of the elevation gain is going up and down hills at the reservoir top on the way to the overlook. Make sure you have good footware. The trail is quite rocky at times.

Cool hike in Escondido.

Good flat run

The Lake Hodges Overlook trail is the longest trail in the park. There are other trails that aren’t as long or steep. The view of the lake is beautiful and worth the long incline. Also, if you have a Fitbit and like to keep track, you can easily cover 10,000 steps if not more, on this trail!

Went with 10 year old son. Was easy for both of us.

Instant workout, staging area and then a climb to the top. I want to say it was 1100 ft elevation climb in about 1.75 miles to the top, completely worth it. Over all great trail, it’s pretty popular and it has markers in the paths.

Nice workout and pretty

Short but uphill the entire way and you can keep going for a longer hike!

Nice urban hike with some views at the top. Easy hike.

Good local day hike with some great views of the lake. Tough minor switchbacks to reach the peak. Pretty crowded trail.

I really loved this hike. Beautiful and moderately challenging. Way Up and Lake Hodges Overlook trails took me three hours. Well worth the time.

Did half this hike until darkness came. Beautiful views but not much shade

Amazing views of the lake and wild life while having choices to bike, run or hike many different trails. My go to place!

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