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

Elevated Fire Restrictions are in Effect Across the Forest

Elevated Fire Restrictions are in effect through January 1, 2022. The use of fires, smoking, welding, and recreational target shooting is restricted. These restrictions will provide for emergency resource protection and public safety during hazardous fire weather conditions. The hillsides and vegetation are parched, and fires can ignite easily. Once fires become established, they will have a high resistance to control, strong potential for extreme fire behavior, and rapid rates of spread even with minimal wind.

Campfires, charcoal fires, discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun are prohibited. Small portable stoves with shut-off valves are allowed. Persons hunting during the open hunting season as specified by the laws of the State of California, and possessing a valid California hunting license, are exempt within the terms of their hunting license. We ask that the public remain vigilant as critical fire-weather conditions persist and are predicted to continue throughout the season.

View full list of restrictions: Forest Order NO. 02-21-13

Fire Restrictions No Campfires or Charcoal Stoves Okay


USDA Forest Service Invests in Infrastructure Improvements on National Forests

The USDA Forest Service announced the investment of $285 million to fund Great American Outdoors Act projects across the nation that will help address critical deferred maintenance and improve transportation and recreation infrastructure on national forests. Read the entire News ReleaseProjects in the Pacific Southwest Region 

Ortega Highway Cal Trans Closures affect access to Trabuco Ranger District trails and recreation sites

Nightly closures and full weekend Highway 74 closures will limit access to many Trabuco Ranger District trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas.  For more information, please click the Cal Trans link below.

Visiting National Forests

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit

Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

Valley Fire Burn Area Closure

The Valley Fire started on September 5, 2020, burning areas of the Descanso Ranger District. The Valley Fire closure area has been reduced in size and select roads and trails will reopen on December 15th. Corral Canyon OHV Area is also now open to the public. To see the the Valley Burn Area, please refer to the area closure order and map.

Digital Passes For Adventure Pass Fee Sites Now Available

The Cleveland National Forest is now offering digital passes for recreation fee sites! Purchase a day use digital pass prior to your visit  at or onsite at one of our fee locations (cell coverage dependent).

Virtual Services 

You can access our forest maps at If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call 858-673-6180. 

Versión en Español

Ud. puede accedar los mapas de nuestros bosques en Si necesita atención inmediata o tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame al 858-673-6180.


Popular Recreation Activities

Hiking Camping OHV Riding Hunting Fishing

We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!


Holy Fire Closure Info

Holy Fire burn area

Holy Fire closure order, maps, and BAER reports. The burn area will be closed until October 2022.

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

Focus on finding a national forest map.

Our Maps

National Forest Adventure Pass

Adventure Pass

Screenshot of Nature's Benefits story.

Do You Know Which Nature's Benefits Come from the Cleveland National Forest?



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