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Hollenbeck Canyon Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jamul, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 662 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

Note: A CDFW Lands Pass must be in possession by each visitor who is 16 years of age or older, however, visitors who are in possession of a valid California hunting or fishing license in their name are exempt from this requirement. Lands passes may be purchased on-line, by phone at (800) 565-1458, or in-person at locations wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. A beautiful canyon just east of San Diego, California If you are hiking after recent rains, the landscape will be green and lush, but also make the creek crossings (3 total) treacherous. The trail continues past the recorded route if you wish to extend the hike. The whole area between Dulzura and Jamul outside San Diego is beautiful. Rolling green hills with steep rocky peaks here and there.

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rocky
2 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

VERY pretty for hiking and running. Just watch for snakes and wear bug spray

recorded Hollenbeck Canyon Trail

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30 days ago

Pleasant hike. Best part was the out & back excursion

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fee
1 month ago

Is there a permit required to hike at Hollenbeck?

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1 month ago

Amazing trail loved it! Went with a couple of great friends! There is a river running very nice! I went after 4pm and it was great

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1 month ago

Amazing trail but go earlier in the day- it gets hot!

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1 month ago

Gorgeous weather today for this hike. Beware of surroundings. Saw good length rattlesnake just within the start of the trail. It was before the first crossing of the creek before going downhill. Good amount of shade, pack the sunblock, and sun hat. If you want a good workout, I suggest coming here. It was slightly crowded during our arrival at 9am. Explored 5.5 miles of the trail. Stay safe everyone!!

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bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

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bugs
1 month ago

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bugs
off trail
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, waterfalls, rocky on some areas, pathway leading to the east side is shorter that west side :)

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1 month ago

A good ~2-hour hike that's between easy to moderate. Not a lot of shade, but a nice stream for the pups to cool down. Enjoyable and beautiful.

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1 month ago

It was a nice hike with beautiful views. We went in the evening so it was not too hot. Saw a couple of rattlesnakes so be careful with dogs and small children. Lots of poison oak so be careful going near stream.

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bugs
2 months ago

I love this trail! It’s peaceful and perfect in the spring time. Try to avoid going in hot weather as there are long stretches of exposed trail. There are also four creek crossings on the trail.

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2 months ago

Very hot day today, I would recommend getting an early start on this hike because there’s not much shade (though a few nice shady creek spots in the beginning). Also watch out for poison oak/rattlesnakes/ticks. Beautiful views and wildflowers :)

lovely

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bugs
flooded
2 months ago

Really fun trail, didn’t make it all the way around as we went off trail a bit and then it was getting late. Parking lot is closed, but we just parked on the street like others. Saw only a couple people along the trail. A couple crossings were flooded, but we were able to make our way around them. Saw a small man-made waterfall right before we turned back, but there were a lot of nice aspects to this area. Tons of wildflowers, mixed shaded areas, the river running along the whole trail. The only bad thing was the bugs that started coming out around sunset, so we’ll go earlier next time. Highly recommend!

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fee
3 months ago

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bugs
flooded
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Beautiful. Went early so cool weather was a perfect addition as there is no shade. It rained recently so beautiful stream and even a waterfall you can climb down to see as you make your way in the loop. Beautiful!

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3 months ago

Perfect trail- not too difficult, definitely toward the easier side of moderate. There is a fee (about $5) that you pay online. It had rained the day before, so there were some creek crossings at the beginning/end of the trail. A couple of nice benches are placed throughout the trail for resting. It is labeled as an out and back trail, but it does involve a small loop. Beautiful landscape with lots of greenery and flowers. Took 2 hours and only saw 3 other people on a Friday.

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muddy
no shade
3 months ago

This trail had beautiful views and was very quiet. I loved how green everything was! Unfortunately the trails are not well marked at all and service wasnt very good so I couldn't use the app to show current location. the map here doesn't show alot of the the offshoots/trail crossings

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