Elfin Forest Olivenhain Reserve Loop Trail is a 10.3 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.
dogs on leash
Lovely hike with amazing weather. The elevation gain kicks your butt but it is all worth it when you get up to the top.
I highly recommend the botanical walk, it has a ton of awesome landscapes to learn about.
Great place to hike. The trails are maintained but not artificial. There are emergency markers along the trail with adequate cell reception throughout the entire area. The multiple overlooks are also a nice place to rest. Great place for either full day hikes or just a quick trip after work or school.
Beautiful views and great hiking!
First timer and I loved the trails. The fire road running down the center was alright but being the single track aficionado that I am it wasn't bad by any means. Did the 10.3 route loop on here by way of: way up trail, left at main junction towards lake Hodges' overlook to witch trail then loop back around to maintenance road to chaparral trail to equine incline looping around and back to way up trail. Very rocky at times, long steady climbs with occasional short but steep pitches and mix of single track and fire road. It was showering throughout my run and after 36 hours of good rain prior to that, the trail was easily runnable still. I'll be making the drive back here.