Elfin Forest Trail

#1 of 2 trails in Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

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Elfin Forest Trail is a 6.8 mile out and back trail located near Escondido, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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James Paige (176)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Siria Ayala Ibarra (47)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Gianfranco De Micheli (41)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Hot and dry. Nice climb on the way up trail. Going up is hard. Once on top is moderate. I would classify this trail as intermediate due to the initial climb and rocks on the trail. Nice trail

Kurt Smith (788)

43 Completed35 Reviews

So close, yet a world away. The top will remind you how hard we work to make water available in So Cal.

Tracy Grassel (97)

1 Completed1 Reviews

This was my 3rd time hiking this trail. This trail isn't for the faint of heart...it is very steep and rugged. Bring LOTS of water and wear sunscreen. It does have beautiful views and every hiker is very polite. GREAT workout!

Melanie Desrosiers (409)

5 Completed5 Reviews

This is by far my favorite SoCal trail as of yet. It's super well maintained. There's porta-pottys at the very beginning which are very well kept. Then you can choose from two different trails. The "Way Up" trail, and the "Botanical" trail. When you get to the top of the Way Up you can go left or right to two different ways. There are plenty of places to rest and sit in shade. The whole trail is clean with plenty of trash cans and doggy bags. The incline in elevation is very fast (about 300ft. every .25mile). So it's easy to get winded very fast. But it's a wonderful hike with beautiful scenery. And on your way down if you veer off to the botanical trail there's a little river to dip your feet into before you leave or for your dog to cool off. Not too hard for my pup either! Love this trail.

sarah nasim (42)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Went for the first time today, loved it! There's so much to explore, such lovely views, and overall just a great hike.

Bernie Rhinerson (207)

4 Completed4 Reviews