Cleveland National Forest Hiking

Cleveland National Forest hiking often takes a backseat to the more popular hikes to the north, but there are plenty of great hikes in CNF. And because the elevation is lower, you can enjoy hiking all year, usually without the crowds. Don’t forget to leave your parks pass on your dashboard when you do these hikes.

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Name Distance Level Location Climb Dogs
Hike Santiago Peak & Modjeska Peak From Maple Springs16HardSilverado3500Y
Hike Garnet Peak via PCT4.2ModerateMt Laguna650Y
San Juan Trail to Sugarloaf Peaks13.9HardLake Elsinore3020Y
Hike the Bedford Peak Trail (Orange County)7.2HardSilverado2050Y
Sitton Peak Hike9.6ModerateTrabuco Canyon2130Y
Hike Three Sisters Falls & Eagle Peak4.4ModerateSanta Ysabel950Y
Upper Hot Spring Canyon Waterfall Hike2.8Moderate Lake Elsinore450Y
Hike San Mateo Peak (Cleveland National Forest)4.6ModerateLake Elsinore1100Y
Tin Mine Canyon Trail Guide5EasyCorona820Y
Hike Holy Jim Falls Trail3.4EasyCorona600Y
Hike Los Pinos Peak (Orange County)5.4ModerateLake Elsinore1480Y
Morgan Trail Hike (Cleveland National Forest)10.5ModerateLake Elsinore1500Y
Big Laguna Trail - Best of Loop12ModeratePine Valley1740Y
Cedar Creek Falls Trail Guide6ModerateRamona1180Y
El Cajon Mountain Trail Guide12HardLakeside4000Y
Tenaja Falls Trail Guide7.5ModerateMurrieta1000Y
Beeks Place Hike From Black Star Canyon16HardSilverado2240Y
Hike the Chiquito Falls Trail9.6HardLake Elsinore1800Y
San Juan Loop Trail Guide (CA)2.1EasyLake Elsinore440Y
Palomar Mountain Observatory Trail5Moderate Palomar Mountain1000Y
Hike Coal Canyon Trail10ModerateCorona1840N
Oak Grove Trail to High Point Hike13.5HardWarner Springs3600Y
Hike Indian Truck Trail to Santiago Peak21HardCorona4910Y
Hike Black Star Canyon Falls Trail7.1ModerateSilverado820Y
Caspers Wilderness Park - Hike San Juan Hot Springs10.5ModerateSan Juan Capistrano830N
Modjeska Peak Hike15HardTrabuco Canyon4820Y
Saddleback Mountain Hike (Santiago Peak)15.6HardCorona4300Y

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Cleveland National Forest Tips

Most Popular Hikes

  1. Saddleback Mountain
  2. Black Star Canyon
  3. San Juan Loop Trail

Family Friendly Hikes

  1. Holy Jim Falls
  2. San Juan Loop Trail
  3. Palomar Mountain