Clevenger Canyon South West Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews
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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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1266 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

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4 days ago

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22 days ago

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23 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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!

1 month ago

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3 months ago

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

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5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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8 months ago

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10 months ago

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.

10 months ago