Elfin Forest Olivenhain Reserve Loop Trail

MODERATE 541 reviews

Elfin Forest Olivenhain Reserve Loop Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1387 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

10 minutes ago

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

12 days ago

Beautiful Hike path.

Beautiful hike - short, but with some great terrain and elevation gain. Hardly anyone on the lake Hodges lookout portion of the trail. Highly recommend.

23 days ago

Loved it!

25 days ago

excellent cardio workout whether hiking or running

hiking
1 month ago

This was really quite challenging for me and my granddaughter. I suppose it would be moderate for someone younger. It was rocky and some of the inclines were pretty steep but it was so worth it! We loved all the dogs on the trail today and noticed that they can be off leash Monday through Friday in some parts of under “voice control”. We thought that would be fun for dog owners. Bring water for yourselves and your dogs. There isn’t any there. A great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great incline. Ridiculous amount of foot traffic on the main trails, however barely any people on the back side of the mountain (go right at the fork). Dessert terrain. Great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike & definitely a good workout if you're carrying 50+lbs on your back (...A toddler

1 month ago

Great views

2 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful view

trail running
2 months ago

Great weather made a great trail run enjoyable!

3 months ago

Great trail run starts steep but worth the burn ..i will return

trail running
4 months ago

4 months ago

alright

5 months ago

I loved this hike. There are two trails, with one being harder than the other, and I took the hard trail. It says that it is moderate hike, but it was a somewhat steak upward hike. Definitely bring water!

5 months ago

Great views near the top. Some shade and breezes. Nice sections with rocks to make it more challenging. You have an option of turning around at a 3-mile mark making the hike 6 miles. Or doing the full 10.

5 months ago

Not much trail traffic during the weekdays. Has facilities at the staging area and at various stages of the hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Only did part of the trail, but it was a nice workout with a view of the dam along the top. Dog friendly:)

I chose this trail because it said it had some shade along the way. Found out the hardway that its not true. The water is at the beginning of the trail.

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