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



Big Laguna Trail Gazing at Cuyapaipe Peak from Stevenson Peak By Alexander S. Kunz Pacific Crest Trail at Fosters Point Photo By Alexander S. Kunz Garnet Peak at the Transition Zone Photo By Alexander S. Kunz Laguna Mountains at Monument Peak Photo By Alexander S. Kunz Trabuco Winter Landscape Santiago's Peak and Hiker



The Cleveland National Forest, nestled in the bustling greater San Diego area, spans a modest 460,000 acres intersecting parts of Orange and Riverside Counties. Providing ample recreation, sprawling mountain vistas, and an abundance of wildlife and natural resources, visitors don't have to travel far to explore a wilderness environment within urban boundaries. Read more about the Cleveland National Forest


Silverado Canyon and Maple Springs Trailhead will be closed for the season, set to reopen October 1st due to damage caused by the 2014 fire

Palomar Ranger District to hold open house, Monday, May 23 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Come get your questions answered and meet the new ranger

Request For Proposals now being accepted for Special Use Permit Authorization of government-owned facility on the forest. For more information Click Here

Cedar Creek Falls permit area is subject to summer closure in extreme temperature events. Please reference this page for closure updates

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

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


The Goldspotted Oak Borer

The side view of a black insect with orange spots.

Find out how to recognize infected wood, how to stop the beetle spread, and what you can do to protect your Oaks

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!


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