8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029
Hours: 8 a.m. - 30 min before sunset
(Check website for actual closing time)
Closed 12/25 and rainy days
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve has 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horse trails with the added bonuses of a babbling brook and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel and Coronado Islands, Laguna and San Bernardino mountain ranges, and the Olivenhain Reservoir. There are at least six shaded scenic overlooks for prime picnicking. Prepare to get your hearts pumping and your lungs huffing on this moderate level hike. You won’t find solitary serenity on the trails, but you will be the recipient of friendly greetings from fellow hikers. If you can’t find a parking spot in the paved lot, there’s plenty more on the main road. Dogs are allowed on leash.
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