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
APPX. LENGTH OF TIME: 2-4 hours
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!