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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

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8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido, CA 92029
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Tehara T wrote a review Aug 2020
Escondido, California14 contributions5 helpful votes
Lovely hike, it is not an easy stroll, you do go up in elevation, but the views from the top is worth it. Summertime I would recommend early morning or very late afternoon, not much shade. The stream at the bottom is always a welcome site.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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rikki :) wrote a review Feb 2020
San Diego, California5 contributions1 helpful vote
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first time visiting and my boyfriend and I hiked the Way Up trail and ate lunch at the Mariposa Picnic Area with views of the water and beautiful scenery. I would say it is an easy trail, but for some it might be considered moderate. When we first started the hike, a family was ahead of us and we kept slowing down and stopping so that we could keep a little courtesy distance between us, but they were going really slow and stopping because it was winding them every 3 minutes. They ended up giving up and turning back. I have to admit the trail was a little rocky but nothing extreme at all. Very good experience :)
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Date of experience: February 2020
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marshell2016 wrote a review Jan 2020
Escondido, California144 contributions9 helpful votes
First visit to this trailhead. Parking limited no street parking (ticketed). Trail entrance somewhat confusing. Way Up Trail to Harmony Grove Overlook rated easy on All Trails app not so more like moderate. It is narrow and rocky with a lot of switchback. Signage limited but view at Olivenhein Reservoir nice.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Lynne0725 wrote a review Jan 2020
Dallas, Texas650 contributions124 helpful votes
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We wanted a hiking trip on our recent visit to San Diego and came across this highly recommended experience. Parking was easy, although we were told we would have to park off the road and walk down to the trails; I guess 1 p.m. is a good time to get parking right on the reserve. I am not adventurous and was recovering from two broken wrists so I wasn't exactly ready for all the rocks, and I must admit I didn't make it to the top. My daughter made the entire trek, and it took about two hours. There was a couple with a stroller with two kids in it making the hike, and they made it about half way to the reservoir. Easier for me was the hike along the creek, nothing for me to trip on and still getting a good workout without thinking I'd fall and rebreak my wrists at any moment. Made for a nice afternoon where both of us were satisfied.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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kwdarby wrote a review Jul 2018
Florence, Alabama78 contributions18 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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