Hollenbeck Canyon Trail

#8 of 115 trails in Cleveland National Forest
Hollenbeck Canyon Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Jamul, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for birding, hiking & mountain biking and is accessible from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.39 miles Out & Back 400 feet
Dog Friendly
birding hiking mountain biking dogs leash river views
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From San Diego take CA 94 East to a left on Honey Springs Road. Parking area is on left.

Dezarai Gonzales

1 Completed1 Reviews

I love this trail! There is a loop hike that's about 6 miles. Lots to see here and the trail wanders in and out of oak groves. Great Sunday morning hike.

M S.

Loved the challenge and serenity.. Hawks soaring over ..priceless , even saw a coyote near.

Sara Cummings

1 Completed1 Reviews

We did a loop similar to the one described below: about .3 mi in, we forked left to cross the creekbed, and continued along the exposed trail. We took a side trail straight up to a fantastic vantage point, then came back down the same way and rejoined the trail heading north, I believe. Eventually we were able to turn right and connect back with the actual canyon trail, returning through the trees and along the wash/trail. The whole loop was about 4.6 with our side trip up the hill. Really pretty...and so quiet!

amin G

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great easy hike and moderate biking.
Very accessible parking.

Amanda Inglis

19 Completed5 Reviews

Saw a tarantula!

David Covarrubias

11 Completed7 Reviews

Beautiful nature

Kyle Spotts

3 Completed3 Reviews

Nice trail with a lot of options for different hikes. Watch for snakes and bees.

Maria Pablo

1 Completed1 Reviews

Explored the area and the other trails. Beautiful and want to visit during spring.

Daniel Mendoza

1 Completed1 Reviews

Trail is heavily eroded with large boulders obscuring much of the trail

Garrick Nugent

1 Completed1 Reviews

The classification of this hike being an out and back is wrong. About 1/2 a mile from the trail head we came to a 'T' intersection. We went left and found ourselves following the dry creek bed for a bit then ascending a long and gradual hill. Half way into the hike we intersected another dry creek bed. like the first it was filled with large oak trees creating a lovely canopy to stop and take a break. The shade was welcome as the first half of the hike was very exposed. Just past the oaks we began to ascend a steep hill that lead to a beautiful scenic view point. Descending quickly, we rejoined the original creek and finished the hike in the shade of gorgeous weathered old oaks. Eventually we arrived back at the 'T' intersection and followed the trail back to the parking area. The hike, a loop, was approximately 6.5 miles long and well worth it.