Hollenbeck Canyon Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly 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.
dogs on leash
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.
With Hollenbeck Canyon, there are several options that extend or shorten your mileage. We ended up with a 5.7 mile loop after initially setting out for the 4.6, and finished it in 2 hours and 28 minutes. Our "convoy" included two 8-yr olds and a 12-yr old - they took it like champs partly because we kept telling them it was only 2 miles. LOL. The trail IS kid friendly and ours loved watching the creek as we walked by. Some of the inclines are quite steep, but not so difficult as to be impossible. Bring water proof shoes. I wore high top Asolo hiking boots and was glad I did. The flowers were in bloom and everything else was green, a great time of year to hike the mountains in San Diego. We saw one harmless gopher snake in the middle of the trail and easily walked around it. However, we were also growled at by a mountain lion who was hiding in some brush about 1/2 mile from the parking lot and we called it into the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Gave it a moderate due to length and incline.
LOVED this hike! Gorgeous all around! Lots of flowing water, wildflowers and GREEN everywhere u look!! We did see a few snakes (not rattlers), but definitely recommend for all level Hikers, children can even do this one!
Had such a nice time, be aware that after the rains you do have to cross the creek several times. Wildflowers in full bloom!
Loved this trail! So much fun, perfect amount of uphill for me. It has beautiful shade and lots of green around. We saw a waterfall which was awesome and had to cross a creek so be prepared for that.
A great hike if you stay by the trees on the eastern side. Beautiful scenery and lots of shade.
Beautiful hike. However this is not moderate. It is very easy
I did this hike in May while there was still some water in the creek, and have also made bike runs through here in the summer coming from Honey Springs Truck Trail looking for geocaches. There's always cool shade so a relaxing experience is possible in summer, but I would say this area is best experienced while it's still green after the rains.