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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travis schellpeper (86)

12 Completed1 Reviews

I would only mtb this again on a weekday when no one is around. The trail gets busy with hikers and unleashed dogs.

It's a steep trail so if/when you have to stop for hiker/dog it becomes a pain to restart. In some sections on the way up you will be forced to walk. It's a tough climb. Period.

Definitely not my favorite trail to ride.

Phil Swain (356)

10 Completed10 Reviews

It's a beautiful park but I was severely disappointed because someone said that this place was haunted and… I didn't see any ghostly beings. It is a very versatile park with tons of trail choices that can lead to a lake or a hilly summit. The forest is nice and shady and the creek is refreshing to dip your feet in.

Matt Martinez (281)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Fun ride up straight up. We took route 7 and it took us about 45 minutes to ride up to the lake. For those more experienced it could be much faster. We rode to the very east part of the lake then turned around. Not as long as I would like but enjoyed the trail. Not too crowded and it wasn't even that hot. On our way back to Downtown we stopped at offbeat brewery for one beer.

Bill Sanders (3435)

38 Completed31 Reviews

Lots of work with mountain bike going up the Way Up trail. Lots of fun coming down the same way. I hit the Manzanita trail on the west side and had some great views to the ocean. All in all not great for mountain biking for beginners because of the loose rocks o'plenty and plenty of climbing and descending through out the EF trail network.

Ken Knecht (371)

31 Completed8 Reviews

Hiked today. Really, really liked this trail. There are elevation climbs, level parts, rocky trails, smooth trails, scenic views, and optional side trails. Also has picnic areas and toilets at the rest areas around the trail. I did the trail and lake view loop and it was 7.35 miles total. There were a lot of people but it's so big that I didn't run in to many of them except the first mile where everyone climbs to the plateau from the parking area. After that just saw a handful of people and some mountain bikers. I would highly recommend this trail for anyone. Saw some families with small kids. Not a whole lot of shade so bring a hat and lots of water if it's hot outside. Loved it.

Mike Hamm (1145)

10 Completed1 Reviews

Wife and I hiked this for the first time, yesterday. First mile, or so, on the Way Up trail is pretty steep. Gets you up to the ridge pretty quickly, though. Good views once up there. Trail condition really varies. From gravelly/rocky to rutted from drainage to nice and smooth and wide. So, be prepared and wear good shoes/boots. A nice hike.

Claudette Anderson (1494)

60 Completed18 Reviews

This was a great hike,went all the way to the top and then some!

Lynette Andres-Moore (259)

7 Completed2 Reviews

Nice hike that you can make longer by taking an extra trail. Many different directions to head. A little over a mile uphill climb at the start. Was a little hard to find the entrance the first time. The trees do provide shade on the trail, which will be very helpful when the temperatures start to climb.

Dan Mildbrand (188)

7 Completed5 Reviews

I have hiked this trail on weekdays and weekends. It seems to be crowded on weekends. Fortunately most of the trail is wide enough to pass slow hikers. There is a lot of trash along the trail and there is no excuse for that since there are also a bunch of garbage cans throughout the trail. Steep ascent to a relatively flat and open peak with several other trails suitable for mountain biking and horses.

Claudette Anderson (1494)

60 Completed18 Reviews

Please pay special attention to the directions, housing developement cuts off original direction. You want to look for Elfin Forest @ Harmoney Grove.
This is my new favorite hike, its beautiful and quite easy. The rangers and everyone is so very friendly awesome place for the whole family.!