Fairy sightings are possible on this four-hour hike following an intricate network of up and down trails crossing creeks and passing through thick, lush groves of chaparral, the “Elfin Forest” for which the reserve is named. Leaving the enchanted forest behind we make it up the “Way Up Trail”. Appropriately named it travels up for a little over a mile, when our efforts will be rewarded by an inspiring view, a snack, and a new friend or two.
Afterward, if you have the time, head over to the Stone Brewery in Escondido with us to enjoy a draft and a meal.
Where: Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
When: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 8 a.m.
Distance: Six miles, approximately four hours
Elevation Change: 1,387 feet
Dog-Friendly: Yes (leashed)
Meet at: Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido, CA 92029 (map)
Directions & Parking: From I-15 take the Valley Parkway exit and go west on West Valley Parkway. Turn right onto Avenida Del Diablo and continue for approximately .6 mile. Turn right onto Citricado Parkway, which turns left and becomes Harmony Grove Village Parkway. Turn left onto Harmony Grove Road and continue for 2.2 miles to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve on your left. The parking lot is small, so you may need to park on the side of the road or in the overflow parking area.
Email Petra to sign up here: firstname.lastname@example.org Interested in carpooling? Let me know in the email.
Please wear appropriate shoes, bring plenty of water, sun protection and
a snack. Remember, hike at your own risk.