Clevenger Canyon South West Trail

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Clevenger Canyon South West Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 miles
1151 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips



wild flowers

3 hours ago

Pretty trail, good incline. Great views but the chairs at the top were the reason we went lol

21 days ago

Good workout with the pup!

1 month ago

Lovely, well-maintained trail. Very exposed so bring lots of water. Stay left at the trail intersection to make you way up to the ridge where they are some chairs to rest on and take in the views. Once you hit the main ridge line, look for the chairs to the right so as not to miss the tiny path up to them.

2 months ago

Great hike- took entire family-trail is becoming more popular thus isn't as brushy as in the past- obvious trail maintenance -Thank you! Beautiful views of Valley of the Sun to the east (Ramona and beyond) can see ocean to the west as well - chairs at top a a nice place to experience an amazing panoramic view

2 months ago

Good trail, (standard SoCal conditions—so if it’s not a cool day it’ll be hot. No shade). The two chairs at the top are fun, and make for a brag worthy photo to share with friends. Technically the trail goes .2 miles further than the chairs, but the view is the same.

5 months ago

Awesome trail. Wear pants or something because it's pretty overgrown the last mile or two of the trail. Once at the top, you have to jump on some rocks to get the best view. Literally panoramic views of escondido, ramona, and everything else around there. Bring binoculars because there's a ton of birds (if you're into that).

6 months ago

7 months ago

Good uphill climb. Lightly used trail. Lots of brush on the path. The chairs at the top are cool and have a much better view than the end of the trail.

8 months ago

Moderate trail... trail slightly over grown in some areas so have to walk through plants. Saw a huuuge rattlesnake so beware! Got beautiful views at the top. The chairs were a fun break and made for unique photos. We ran on the way down after enjoying our time at the top. About 2 hours without rushing.

8 months ago

Take the left fork to get to the sweet chairs at the top! Literally no one on the trail, it was magnificent! Some hot spots, some rather cool, bring a light jacket! Also the trail is thin and there are lots of flowers encroaching one it so highly recommend pants/high socks!

10 months ago

Great views. Up up then down down. Some erosion on trails. All around great hike.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Easy to follow trail with some great views at the top! The trail is overgrown in some places, so I suggest wearing pants to avoid scratching your legs. There's also a fallen tree across the trail within the first half mile, but it's easily navigable. Really great hike

Monday, November 14, 2016

This was a cool, moderate strenuous hike, especially the pair of lawn chairs on top of a massive boulder at the Southeast Peak and the peak log at the Southwest Peak. Racked up a total of 6.51 RT hiking mileage with a total 1,177 ft. elevation gain. First, we trekked to the Southeast Peak, then did about-face and saddle-backed towards the Southwest Peak to sign the peak log. Disappointed we didn't locate a geological benchmark, but the peak log is as good to make it an official hike after signing it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The sign at the trailhead says South Trail, so that's what I will call it. I ended up hiking 6.57 miles in 2 hrs 47 min (hiking time) with a total elevation gain of 1819'. I stepped off at about 7am the temp was 64'. I finished my hike at 10am and the temp was now 94'. Bring lots of water and snacks for this moderate hike. You are exposed most of the time. Also, wear long pants and long sleeves, especially if you decide to take the SW trail. About 6/10s of a mile in there is a fork in the trail with a marker that that gives you the option of continuing SE or taking the trail on the right SW. If you are adventurous and want the challenge of busting the brush go SW. From the trailhead to the end of trail sign it is only 1.5 miles. Just before the End Trail sign there is a viewpoint. Hidden between the rocks at the viewpoint is an ammo. Open it up and sign in! From here I headed back down to the fork and took the SE trail. You will be rewarded with some awesome views, a short cruise along the ridge, and a set of chairs that have been concreted on top of a huge boulder. Take the time to circle around the back of the boulder, climb the wooden stairs, take a seat and just take it in. You won't regret it! This was a fun training hike for me.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

This trail is NOT the South West Trail, it is the South East Trail, as seen here: You'll run into a fork about half a mile into the trail. Staying to the left will keep you on this trail.
We went during the first week of June so there weren't as many wildflowers as we'd thought, because of which (I think) bees weren't a problem. There was poison ivy down by the creek crossings and quite a bit of overgrowth at many parts of the trail, so recommend wearing pants. Very little shade throughout the trail so carry a hat and lots of water. Also, tons of ants all over so make sure you watch out if you're standing in one place, taking photos or such Fantastic views of the San Pasqual Valley and Ramona from the top.

Monday, June 06, 2016

We really liked this trail. It wasn't too long and I didn't think it was easy but definitely not too hard. There is a fork where the sign says so go right for canyon south which we did. The trail was pretty overgrown and there were a lot of bees so wear pants. I thought it was worth it thought. Next time I will go to the left/straight at the fork cause it seems that's the longer hike and where the chairs are, which was our original destination. Went in the early morning and there was a nice breeze and not too hot. But there really is no shade.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Extremely fun! No shade though, (except for maybe a minute) but getting to the top, where the metal chairs were was extremely breath taking and worth it. Carful of the bees though!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

great trail for a hiker and his dog. it was cool - total isolation. did it on a Thursday morning and never saw another person.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Loved this hike - beautiful views. App says easy though, and felt more moderate to me...pretty steady incline, but not too steep. Recommend pants.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Great views, great hike! I like how it wasn't crowded. The geology includes granite boulders with oligoclase veins throughout the trail.

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