Hollenbeck Canyon Trail

#9 of 115 trails in Cleveland National Forest

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Hollenbeck Canyon Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Jamul, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for birding & hiking and is accessible from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Mihir J. (217)

trailhead 32.6705N, 116.8229W Nice relaxing hike. If you do it clockwise loop, it works out good, in the sense you go out in the sun and out in the open and on the way back you hike thru trees and shade.

James Klein (3393)

52 Completed7 Reviews

If you want a nice relaxing hike, good for family and kids, from California Oaks to sage with some views, you might want to give this a try. There are numerous places among the trees for a picnic and there are benches along the trail if you want to sit and relax. Seems to be popular for folks with horses, but at narrow spots, you may find yourself stepping off the trail to make way for the horses.

Aaron Null (125)

3 Completed3 Reviews

What a beautiful trail. Trail takes you right over a hill and into a nice canyon walk through lots of oaks and other leafy trees. Nice shade and a subtle uphill about halfway through takes you along more ridge-like paths for more spectacular canyon views. Really great for a family -lots of spots to stop and picnic!

Sam R. (230)

9 Completed9 Reviews

Great trail for hiking with your dog. Spring is especially beautiful because the creek has water and the surrounding hillside is green.

Lauren D. (1870)

Nice peaceful hike with many great views of the canyon. Trail is well marked

Yusef Hussainy (46)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I've always used the parking lot here to meet up with hunting buddies to carpool, but never hiked the trail. Today I hit it with the wife and dog. It was fairly easy and well groomed. Full of oaks, vegetation, ups and downs along with gorgeous views.

Jennifer C (276)

5 Completed4 Reviews

We did the 6 mile loop and loved every minute of it! Beautiful trail with beautiful views! Very quiet and serene.

Jody Carnevale (101)

1 Completed1 Reviews

This canyon has several loops and several in outs. The old Daley ranch is on the west end, with the old corrals and such...there is also an old olive grove on top of the mountain towards the north end, and endless trails to the east toward Lyons peak. You can make it easy or challenging, long or short. Ranch roads or single track and everything in between. I think the initial introduction on this site for this trail needs to be corrected. The four mile in and out is just the tip of the iceberg .

Mike Heidebur (922)

23 Completed10 Reviews

I live within 25 minutes of this trail. It has a loop which is 6 miles or you can go strait which is about 5.1 miles out and back. The strait will lead you to a small creek, very easy to cross during the dry seasons. When you pass the trees turn left, you'll see a small trail, then about 100 yards look to your left and find a large rock, this rock is about 8 feet tall and 20 feet long. If you look around you'll see were the indians ground nuts in the rocks, I counted 56 spots. At the creek same area if you go right you'll see a small dam which has water following through it most of the time, be careful for poison ivy, don't wear shorts. If you do the loop, it's well mark and goes to the left, walk about 50 yards and look at the plants, you can see the foundation of a house which was part of a ranch, follow the trail around and you'll see the rest of the cattle ranch, about 2 miles from the house foundation. During your walk you will see 3 benches that are from a husband to his wife who pass away from cancer. Write the name down and will find it on the internet. In the winter to spring time there is a lot water in the creek, don't under estimate the power of the water, in the spring the flowers are great. If you climb up the mountain at the trail head you'll find signs that limit your access to the top, they want to keep it clear to allow the animals to cross to wilderness areas. I have been on this trail for more than a year, don't be worried if you see the border patrol.

Julia Jesu (104)

1 Completed1 Reviews

This trail is beautiful in spring. The flowers are in bloom and the grasses are still green. Oak canopies and beautiful coastal sage scrub make this a gorgeous hike.

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