Elfin Forest Reserve Hike

LOCATION:  8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, CA 92029
MAP + INFO:  Elfin Forest Reserve
PARKING: Free (in parking lot or on Harmony Grove Road)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Moderate to difficult

Elfin Forest Reserve is home to 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, one babbling brook, panoramic views…and, lots of fellow hikers. (I have yet to see any elves or forests.) While you’re getting a decent cardio workout on this trail, you’ll be graced with a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, the Channel and Coronado Islands, the Laguna and San Bernardino mountain ranges, and the Olivenhain Reservoir.

I highly suggest veering off on one of the less crowded side trails for some quieter hiking. And, any of the six shaded scenic overlooks would be an ideal setting for a picnic. After your hike, stop by Stone Brewery for a cold craft beer!

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2018-08-28T05:12:24+00:00November 18th, 2014|Categories: At Home in San Diego, Destinations, San Diego Hikes, The Great Outdoors, USA|5 Comments

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A recovered surburbanite, mom of two and partner of one who found herself while wandering the world. Currently based in San Diego—heading to Panamá in 2020.


  1. katie Q anderson April 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful pics. I’ve lived in San Diego for nearly all my adult years, so when I hear points of interest in our County, I’m familiar with the general area but don’t know exactly how to get there unless I mapquest it. This is just a suggestion but perhaps you can share it’s location from the major highways, Interstate 15 and Wandering Rd! Love your post, it reminds me to take a hike and enjoy.

    • janet d. April 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I hope you make it out there…you’ll enjoy it for sure. I linked to my other local blog that has the map and location, but I need to make it more clear. I’ll go change it right now so people can find it. 🙂 Happy hiking!

      • katie Q anderson April 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

        Thanks Janet. I didn’t think to check the other blogs. I do like the addition of the map.

    • janet d. April 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      And…I just want to make sure you saw my other hiking blogs for Hollenbeck Canyon, Fortuna Mountain and Mt. Woodson!

  2. Daniela Starr November 28, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I’ve been wanting to go hiking. Thank you for your sharing. I love these photos very much!

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