Hollenbeck Canyon Trail

MODERATE 143 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
774 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

geocaching
6 days ago

Have hiked out here several times over the years. Always enjoy it no matter which way you go. We prefer hiking here when it's cooler as we bring our dog. We have encountered hunters at least twice. Oh, and be careful where you drop your pants as there are a few wildlife cameras that we have noticed. :)

6 days ago

Gorgeous relatively easy loop with some great flowers and mountain views!

hiking
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hiking
7 days ago

We arrived late so the temperature was starting to go up, it's an easy trail and on the way back we encounter a group of ladies trying to get a horse out of a ravine, so it got a little bit stressful because the horse was on the verge of braking his ankle and we know that doesn't end well. At the end Ismael I think was the name of the horse work with a couple of guys who offered some help and finally got out and sit on the road. We hope that amazing animal is alright!

We saw a couple of white owls which were really big and flew above us.

hiking
14 days ago

Very easy hike. Did the loop going counterclockwise.Took a couple different trails and ended up up being a 6 mile loop. Beautiful morning with the cloud cover. If you go when it's sunny make sure you take lots of water as there is little shade.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy trail and surprisingly lush with nice view of the hills and mountains. Mostly exposed. You'll run into a couple official and unofficial forks- stick right until the loop. We did the loop counter-clockwise. Around the middle of the loop is the valley and a fork to a different different trail.

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hiking
27 days ago

A nice section of trail beside the stream. I took a spur off the top of the main trail loop for some nice views of the valley. On the return route took the road that goes by an old corral area. A very pleasant, peaceful, hike except for the noise from the steady westbound planes en route to Lindbergh. My route was a total distance of 9.7 miles.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Nice quick get out of the city ride. Taste of climbing to get the heart racing a little. Creeks were pretty dry, easy to cross. Great trail for beginner mountain bikers.

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1 month ago

My new favorite trail. I felt so removed from civilization, when you're on the far end you aren't able to hear any noises from cars or people. The day I went it was overcast and very few people were out. There were big fields, oak groves, a runnning brook from the rain, some small but good hills. I brought my dog, and he had a blast. I would not bring him in the high heat of summer or fall - between oak groves are large expanses of open trail without shade that would be hard on a pup. cool days of winter or even if it's a cool, overcast May like this year (2017) taking dogs is fine. I don't have kids, but I think this trail is kid friendly enough for kids who like to hike and are a bit older. The few climbs aren't terrible and any game 8 year old or older could handle it. There is a port-o-potty at the trail head, and a map, and out on the trail are mile markers and directional posts (easier to understand than the ones at mission trails)

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