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Cleveland National Forest

Alpine, CA 91901
+1 858-674-2985
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Great area for hiking

It was a very pleasant side trip from San Diego. Our goal was some pleasant hiking. We did Fry... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New Jersey
Beautiful scenery in March

Everything is lush and beautiful. The road winds significantly, so it you get car sick, be... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
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Alpine, CA 91901
+1 858-674-2985
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a very pleasant side trip from San Diego. Our goal was some pleasant hiking. We did Fry Creek, short Inaya, and Oak Grove. They varied in distance and level of difficulty but great scenery was delightful on each trail. The early April weather...More

Thank podrozniczka60
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Everything is lush and beautiful. The road winds significantly, so it you get car sick, be prepared. We would recommend continuing on 74 to the top overlooking the lake. Stunning views.

Thank just1beth
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Scenery ranges from chaparrel covered hillsides to tall pines depending on elevation ranging from 1000' to over 8000' with vistas into the desert. Many good hiking trails in the Laguna Mountain area. Waterfalls are seasonal but can be spectacular. In winter sledding is popular. WAtcvh...More

Thank Maryloualso
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Beautiful view. Don't forget to take the tour inside the observatory.The nature trail is great. So much to see. I've been there many times. .

1  Thank joeyv52
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We didn't even know we were in the national forest as it was a route our GPS took us on to our destination. What a find. Great places to relax, eat and hike will have us coming back soon Need to research all the things...More

Thank kcslatts
Reviewed 30 July 2016

The Cleveland National Forest is a beautiful place to explore by car, on foot (the best hiking trails), on bike or on Horseback. It puts you up close and personal with the unique ecosystem here in southern california. Camping sites abound and there are many...More

1  Thank Claire G
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

This forest provides a great "shortcut" from the inland empire to coastal cities. (It probably adds at least 30 winding minutes to most trips.) The driver should remain extremely alert. There's lots of pullover spots to enjoy the views and trails.

1  Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

So I'm a Southern California & I've seen this place on the map so decided to go on a little Sunday fun say with the girlfriend.. So on a Sunday the drive from Buena Park wasn't so bad , is about an hour & some...More

Thank LaBellaVita323
Reviewed 6 March 2016

Cleveland National Forest is AMAZING. I hike in it often and am awed each time. Headquartered in Alpine, the forest actually spans from Palomar Mountain to Anza Borrego Desert, down to Descanso to Ramona. Some of the more known trails include multiple legs of the...More

5  Thank SoCalAdventureSeeker
Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

Even with a storm blowing in we had a great drive!! This was our second visit to this area. Today we met a very informative park ranger when we stopped at the old homestead that burned down in the fire of 2003. Then we continued...More

1  Thank Chris H
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what accommodations options we have near by this park ?
18 April 2017|
Response from ElwoodP2013 |
There is Barona Indian Casino near the Sunrise Highway off I-8. that goes into the Forest. If you like quiet go to Julian to a bed and breakfast or Ramona has a motel. Or on the desert side, La Casa del Zoro.in Borrego... More