Hollenbeck Canyon Trail

#8 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 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.

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Kyle Spotts (69)

3 Completed3 Reviews

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

Maria Pablo (50)

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Daniel Mendoza (76)

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Garrick Nugent (61)

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.

Kelly Barrett (1660)

39 Completed33 Reviews

I'm new to mountain biking so I was walking my bike a bit up some of the steeper hills. Super rad trail though. We took a wrong turn and ended up walking up this huge steep side, then meeting up with a truck trail. Beautiful area to explore and spend the morning. Little to no shade so bring a hat or go earlier in the morning.

Ashley Lunn (243)

4 Completed3 Reviews

Did this trail today with my Shi Tsu. He had a hard time, but this is the best hike I have found so far. The Hills make it just challenging enough. My legs are sore tonight. The beauty was incredible and I will definitely be back.

Claudette Anderson (1515)

61 Completed18 Reviews

Great hike, great views. Beautiful oak trees it's just picturesque and peaceful.
Great for family and kids although there are a few rolling hills which might be a little challenge depending on the age of the kids.

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 (4521)

69 Completed8 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!

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