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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

Closed Now: 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Beautiful Views and Trails!

Come here and start exploring the high desert around San Diego! Hike the “Way Up” trail and keep on... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2018
Florence, Alabama
A gem on top of the mountain

You won't regret making your way to the top of the mountain because there is a gorgeous reservoir... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
San Diego, California
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  • Average4%
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“picnic area”(5 reviews)
“nice hike”(3 reviews)
“overflow lot”(2 reviews)
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8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido, CA 92029
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

Come here and start exploring the high desert around San Diego! Hike the “Way Up” trail and keep on exploring if you have the time. There’s an interpretative center on site for your education about the area and so much more.

Thank kwdarby
Reviewed May 13, 2018

You won't regret making your way to the top of the mountain because there is a gorgeous reservoir and dam at the top.

Thank riaona
Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

Had business in Escondido and got in a quick hike here. Was easy to access and trails are great. Opens at 8:00am. Got there at that time on a weekday and hardly ran into other people hiking.

1  Thank Tony J
Reviewed March 6, 2018

Go there and start exploring! Hike the “Way Up” trail and keep on exploring. There’s an interpretative center that will educate and delight!

Thank GeoLorenzo
Reviewed January 14, 2018

Go early since it can be very crowded during the weekend. We went yesterday on Saturday around 11am and we had to park on the road and then walk down to the trail head where the creek and main entrance are located. It was uphill...More

1  Thank MandC0218
Reviewed January 10, 2018

This is my husband's favorite place to bring our two grandchildren, 8 and 6 years old. They love to do the interactive projects in the Information Center, complete with microscope and water from the full stream that flows through the area. The trails are graded...More

Thank shchristy
Reviewed December 6, 2017

Lots of defined trails. You can do many different areas with different difficulties. And you feel very safe

Thank michael r
Reviewed October 16, 2017

During the fall winter and spring . A great place for a hike or picnicking. a small stream winds its way along the canyon. Make sure you watch out for snakes, it is a wilderness area.

Thank AnnieHeffner
Reviewed October 14, 2017

Today, we decided to stop by Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve to take some pictures with our baby. These were not professional photos, just our family taking some pictures in a place we love. Yes, we were using a nice camera and yes we were nicely...More

Thank Hermann8er
Reviewed September 27, 2017

Take your time to explore the trails and view the surrounding plants and animals. Trails lead to several side trails and a picnic area over looking Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir. The picnic area has several tables, clean/potable water, port-a-potties, bike repair station, and animal water...More

Thank dstinson3
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