Clevenger Canyon South West Trail

MODERATE 133 reviews
#15 of 121 trails in

Clevenger Canyon South West Trail is a 4 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.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

This is one of my favorite hikes I do on a regular basis. Unfortunately the San Pasqual fire did hit about 80% of the route to the top. The bridge is gone and the tree has fallen in that area, but you can still hike with ease and enjoy the surrounding beauty. As you near the area to the chairs the trail has been bull dozed and becomes very wide and has some private property owners. Stay to the far left so you see chairs to your right and pop up that small dirt hill path cause the far back side is now also private property. All in all trails are clear, orange groves still a beautiful view with charred surroundings.

1 month ago

This is a very nice Trail. However your coordinates for the trailhead are wrong and your distance is wrong. The trailhead is farther east from the coordinates you list. Also the trail itself is closer to 6 Mi not 4. If you do the westfork as well as the East Fork. You will have 10 miles. There are beautiful views. I don't really understand the chairs at the top. I would rather just stand up on a natural rock.

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2 months ago

It was awesome the view is spectacular ! It’s cute with the two chairs up there, I got a slight sun burn on my face and neck lol so make sure to take a hat and sun screen and relax on the rocking chairs and enjoy the view ! Totally worth the hike up ! Bring water and plan on going early so you won’t catch the sun so bright!

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2 months ago

Bring a few beers once you reach the top when sitting on those chairs. Great views overlooking a winery in the distance. Also saw a few hot air balloons as well. I believe I went on a late Sunday afternoon and had the chairs to myself for about a good hour. Definately worth it!

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2 months ago

I got a little sunburned doing this hike! Not too much shade going up! But the chairs were super cool to sit on, had a very nice breeze at the top! My boyfriend saw a huge rattlesnake so be careful

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2 months ago

Quiet trail didn’t see too many people, nice breeze at the top, hardest part is the first mile .overall super fun relatively easy

3 months ago

Awesome hike! We did it at sunset sitting in those chairs at the top.. bring flashlights and watch for spiders at night. #sdrvc

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3 months ago

4 stars for the hike. Fun hike with great views and tons of beautiful tiny wildflowers, only ran across two other people on a Thursday. Did run across a rattle snake next to the path. We avoided him and he avoided us. 0 stars for the view returning back to the parking lot. Two of my car windows completely smashed and a bag full of old running clothes taken. Park here at your own risk, and if you do, don't leave valuables in the car.

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3 months ago

Chairs at the top were nice, well maintained trail -fairly easy

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4 months ago

absolutely beautiful. this is on the must do list for any socal hiker. look out for snakes though.

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4 months ago

I've never seen anyone else on this trail which is how I like it. The views are ok and there's a fun little IRL easter egg near the top.

Wear full pants as there are a lot of close brush areas. Probably want long sleeves too to avoid scratches. Not a lot of cover. Definitely a nice little workout with good elevation gain.

5 months ago

Great for kids, good surprise at end

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5 months ago

Loved this trail. First time I had gone. Took my pups it was nice not to many people and only one other dog. The chairs are so cool at the top.

5 months ago

Love this trail!!! It’s marked pretty well. It’s a decent incline to the top. Lots of complaints on dog poop but I don’t think it’s dog poop. It looks to be wild animal poop-but there is quite a bit of it. The chairs at the top are awesome! I’m so glad I got up to to do this morning.

6 months ago

El camino muy claro y la vista desde las sillas que están en la cima, inmejorables!

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6 months ago

Perfect Sunday hike! Gorgeous trail with such a nice reward at the end! Great hike to do with dogs. We probably saw about four other groups of people the whole day which is very empty for San Diego. Would deff put this hike into the cycle of hikes you can do again and again.

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6 months ago

This was actually a pretty cool little hike. Good workout for a short hike, I'm used to doing mountain hikes and did Cucamonga two days ago. The views are surprisingly nice and the chairs at the top are interesting and fun. If you do the hike you will see what I mean. The only issue is there is a lot of dog poop on the trail. why do people have to be so stupid and irresponsible I'll never know. Maybe their mother didn't hug them enough growing up.

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6 months ago

Nice and quiet! We went on Sunday and saw 3 people hiking.

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6 months ago

Very cool trail. Great terrain, single trail with good vegetation. Great views from the chairs and the view point. Well maintained trail with some cool rock formations. I recommend it.

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6 months ago

Great hike today. First time on this trail and I will definitely have to do It again.

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6 months ago

Really nice trail, well maintained. Please remember to clean up after your dog! Not too many people on a chilly January morning.

6 months ago

Nice trail, beautiful view from the chairs, and not many people!

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7 months ago

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

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7 months ago

Good workout with the pup!

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8 months 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.

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9 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

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9 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.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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).

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

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