The Cleveland National Forest is located in the southwestern part of California.
Where is this Forest?



Big Laguna TrailGazing at Cuyapaipe Peak from Stevenson Peak By Alexander S. KunzPacific Crest Trail at Fosters Point Photo By Alexander S. KunzGarnet Peak at the Transition Zone Photo By Alexander S. KunzLaguna Mountains at Monument Peak Photo By Alexander S. KunzTrabuco Winter LandscapeFall SunriseSantiago's Peak and Hiker


On July 1st, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed a declaration that created the Cleveland National Forest. Now, more than 100 years later, the Cleveland National Forest provides habitat for native wildlife, as well as a natural refuge and playground for many of the 3 million plus residents in the greater San Diego area. Read more about the history of the Cleveland National Forest how it was founded and evolved into the forest it is today! 

Welcome to the Cleveland Website

The 'Alerts and Notices' page now brings you real time updates on events and occurrences around the forest

All Forest roads are subject to winter closure due to rain and snow. 

Prescribed fires scheduled to continue through April. Updates will be posted in 'Alerts and Notices' as burning begins

Check out our list of Must Try Trails for some great weekend ideas


Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Pond

Want to hike Cedar Creek Falls? Read these tips and recommendations to ensure your prepardeness on the trail

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail Logo

Heres what you should know about hiking Section A (first 110 miles) of the Pacific Crest Trail through the Cleveland National Forest


Top 10 Must Try Cleveland Trails

Garnet Peak at the Transition Zone © Photo by Alexander S. Kunz

Looking for a simple Sunday stroll or a high-intensity weekend challenge? Our list of top 10 trails provides options for all skill levels and adventurers!

Volunteers Make a Difference

[Photo]: Kids planting trees.

Volunteering on the Cleveland NF can be a rewarding and educational experience.  There is much you can do to help!

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