Recreation

Recreational Opportunities

Trail to Loveland Reservoir.On the following pages, you'll find links to information about things to see and do, places to go and general information you may need when visiting our forest.

We hope that you will visit soon and visit often. Please be sure to check out some recommended trails by visiting the link below.

Know Before You Go: check out our 10-Essentials of Hiking Infographic.  

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bear Valley Trailhead Open to Visitor
Blue Jay Campground Closed to Visitor
Bobcat Meadow Campground Open to Visitor First-come, first-serve. Valid recreation passes are required for camping.
Boulder Oaks Campground Open to Visitor First come, first served.
Burnt Rancheria Campground Open to Visitor This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov
Cedar Creek Falls Open to Visitor Purchase permit at www.recreation.gov
Cibbets Flat Campground Open to Visitor First-come, first-serve.
Corral Canyon Campground Open to Visitor First-come, first-serve. Valid recreation passes are required for camping.
Corral Canyon OHV Area Open to Visitor
Corral Canyon OHV Trails Open to Visitor Open
Crestline Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Dripping Springs Campground Open to Visitor This site can be reserved by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov No Walk Up Campsites are available from 7/15/2020 to 12/31/2020. No exceptions.
Dripping Springs Trailhead Open to Visitor
El Cariso Campground Closed to Visitor
El Prado Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 response & campground renovation construction.
Fry Creek Campground Closed to Visitor This site can be reserved by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov No Walk Up Campsites are available from 7/15/2020 to 12/31/2020. No exceptions.
Henshaw Scenic Vista Observation Site Open to Visitor
Horse Heaven Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 response.
Hotsprings Trailhead Open to Visitor
Inaja Memorial Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Laguna Campground Open to Visitor Make your reservations now! This site can be reserved by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov
Laguna Mountain Visitor Information Center Open to Visitor Parking & bathrooms are open; Information Center is operating in a limited capacity Fridays from 1-4pm, Saturdays from 10am-4pm, and Sundays from 10am-3pm.
Meadows Information Kiosk Trailhead Open to Visitor
Mt. Palomar North Side Area Open to Visitor
Noble Canyon Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Oak Grove Campground Open to Visitor    Sites are available by reservation at 1-877-444-6777 or by going online at www.recreation.gov
Observatory Campground Open to Visitor This site can be reserved by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov
Pine Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
San Luis Rey Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Secret Canyon Trail Open to Visitor Secret Canyon Trail is open until it meets Espinosa Trail (4E01)
Tenaja Trailhead Open to Visitor
Three Sisters Falls Open to Visitor
Upper San Juan Campground Closed to Visitor
Wildomar Campground Open to Visitor
Wildomar OHV Area Open to Visitor
Wooded Hill Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 response.

Spotlights

Laguna Campground

Laguna Campground is a great mountain getaway just one hour east of San Diego, California in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. Campers can enjoy cooler temperatures, unique natural areas and an extensive trail system at this mountain facility from summer through early fall.

This large facility has five loops of campsites, with sites fairly close to one another. One campsite meets accessibility standards. The facility is equipped with campfire rings, flush toilet restrooms and coin-operated showers. Part of the campground is fenced off to protect the habitat of the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly. Visitors are asked to respect the fence boundary and comply with the maximum site occupancy.

The campground sits at an elevation of 6,000 ft. in the Laguna Mountains. It is forested with pines and oaks that provide plenty of shade, in addition to a meadow. The area is home to many species of birds, as well as the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly. Little Laguna lake is located just a short distance from the campground and is an excellent hiking destination for photographers and visitors looking to explore the area.

The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is known for great horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails. Visitors can get their boots dusty on the Laguna Meadow Trail system or access a segment of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from California to the State of Washington. Wildflowers are usually abundant in April and May on the Big Laguna Trail, which takes visitors past Big Laguna Lake. In wet years there is water in Big Laguna Lake by December or January and ducks and other birds can be found. The trail presents a number of options to the user. A return to the trailhead parking can be made by cutting through the Laguna Campground or by taking the Pacific Crest Trail north. Families can learn about the area's flora and fauna by attending educational programs at the facility's amphitheater. Or for history buffs, the El Prado Cabin located at nearby El Prado Campground, is the first ranger cabin built in the Cleveland National Forest in 1911. The San Diego State University Observatory also sponsors "Star Parties" for campers most Saturday evenings during the summer (schedule can be obtained at the nearby visitor center or by calling 619-473-8547).

Areas & Activities
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https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/cleveland/recreation