Wooded Hill Nature Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alpine, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 278 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


Start exploring Mt Laguna with this very accessible hike featuring woods and great views. Perfect for younger children and those without a high level of fitness. In mid-June the area was bursting with many types of wildflowers. Parking for about 7-8 cars. Trails well maintained and easy to find.

5 days ago

Beautiful kid friendly trail with lots of wild flowers. Very peaceful and a good warm up hike

3 months ago

completed this trail a few months back. it was a nice quiet trail, dog friendly.

4 months ago

Good warm up trial that is dog friendly. A little muddy this time of year but still nice.

5 months ago

It was Awesome! Xmas Eve Hike

8 months ago

Great short hike with the dogs to get out of the desert heat on a Sunday afternoon!

8 months ago

mountain biking
9 months ago

No mtn bikes on first part of trail...walk em to the #10 rock(400 yds) then enjoy the mile of fast,changing dry trail We do the luge(slang name for trail) first then it dumps you out at fire road that parallels the hwy. go right for a mile and ride gatos fo a 10 mile spin around laguna the luge has a few good features like jumps,skinnys,and roll overs. Very fun,fast trail

10 months ago

Easy, family-friendly trail with some nice views.

11 months ago

Gorgeous wildflowers in June.

11 months ago

Terrific option for young families. The distance and elevation are well within an active 3 yo's ability. We also had three 7 yos who pretty much ran the entire way. The trail has a gentle elevation and winds through some beautiful wooded groves which were filled with many different types of wildflowers on June 15. Adding to the diverse scenery are exposed boulders and the remains of burned trees. At the summit are a jumble of exposed boulders which might be fun for kids to climb on or to stop for lunch. Along the way and at the summit are wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. This little gem is great for those new to hiking or just seeking a manageable route.

Sun Jan 13 2019

Beautiful trail with snow in the winter. Not a person in sight.

This was a nice trail. Overall it was enjoyable, but I would not travel too far for it. There was a nice view when you got towards the top. Walking through the trees was cool. The path was easy to follow for the most part.

Sat Nov 10 2018

Great trail, especially this time of year with the leaves changing color. Highest peak in the Laguna Mountains, nice view off to the south at the highest peak. There’s decent bathrooms at the parking lot, a few trees for shade to park your vehicle and a nice new picnic table and benches. Make sure to make your way over to Gatos Ravine Trail.

Sun Oct 28 2018

Great little hidden gem! Drove past 20-30 cars parked at the meadow trailhead and continued on to here where there were 4 other cars and we saw only 2 other people. Suitable for my dog who is 6 months post-op (knee surgery). Gentle climbs rewarded by excellent views. Will be back for sure.

Mon Oct 15 2018

my favorite hike in SD county

Mon Feb 19 2018

Awason 1st time w/my family

Fri Jan 05 2018

We are just starting out hiking and this was perfect. We took our almost two year old in a carrier and our golden retriever who has had surgery for hip dysplasia two years ago. Everyone did great!

Sat Nov 25 2017

Short, fun, easy and shaded little loop! The pooch enjoyed it!

Wed Sep 27 2017

Wed Sep 20 2017

Very relaxing! An easy hike for my older dog. Lots of shade an awesome view at top. Love

Fri Sep 15 2017

Lots of trees and very few people. Easy hike.

Sun Jul 02 2017

Great wooded trail with plenty of trees for shade. Be sure to purchase an adventure pass at the visitor's center or local store for parking within Cleveland National Forest.

Mon Mar 27 2017

A quick hike to the top of Wooded Hill (elev. 6,223), #3 on the San Diego Sierra Club's 100 peaks list. Well maintained, easy hike, only 300' in elevation gain.

Sun Mar 05 2017

We went on a Saturday in March. We didn't see any other hikers. (There were mountain bikers and horses even though the sign read neither are allowed) This one is SLOWLY coming back from the 2007 fires. It was weirdly dry and brown despite recent rains and considering it was green in most of the country. Lots of trees, as the name implies, so lots of shade. It's marked and maintained pretty well. There were a few trees that had fallen onto the trail but they were easy enough to circumvent. Terrain was pretty good. Not too rocky, but boots are a good idea. I liked it. There's a nice view towards the peak.

Fri Nov 25 2016


Sat Nov 19 2016

Nice quick hike, fairly easy terrain, dog-friendly and very quiet on weekdays.

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