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



Big Laguna Trail Photo by Alexander S. KunzGazing 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! 

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Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Pond

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

Observatory Trail

Photo of Palomar Observatory

Listed as one of only four National Recreational Trails in San Diego County, and touted as a “perfect summer trail,” this shaded 4.4 mile hike offers much.


Explore the Stars Program - Star Parties

[Photo]: large telescope with some kids near it

An exciting amateur astronomy project occurs each summer and fall at Palomar Mountain's Observatory Campground on the Palomar Ranger of the Cleveland National Forest. 

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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