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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.  

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Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bear Valley Trailhead Open
Blue Jay Campground Open
Bobcat Meadow Campground Open First-come, first-serve. Valid recreation passes are required for camping.
Boulder Oaks Campground Open
Burnt Rancheria Campground Open 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 No water is flowing at the falls
Cibbets Flat Campground Open First-come, first-serve.
Corral Canyon Campground Open First-come, first-serve. Valid recreation passes are required for camping.
Corral Canyon OHV Area Open
Corral Canyon OHV Trails Open Open
Crestline Picnic Area Open
Dripping Springs Campground Open 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
El Cariso Campground Open
El Prado Group Campground Closed
Fry Creek Campground Open 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 Currently No Walk Up Campsites are available until further notice. No exceptions.
Henshaw Scenic Vista Observation Site Open
Horse Heaven Group Campground Closed
Hotsprings Trailhead Open
Inaja Memorial Picnic Site Open
Laguna Campground Open 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 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
Mt. Palomar North Side Area Open
Noble Canyon Trailhead Open
Oak Grove Campground Open    Sites are available by reservation at 1-877-444-6777 or by going online at www.recreation.gov
Observatory Campground Open 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
San Luis Rey Picnic Site Temporarily Closed
Secret Canyon Trail Open Secret Canyon Trail is open until it meets Espinosa Trail (4E01)
Tenaja Trailhead Open
Three Sisters Falls Open
Upper San Juan Campground Closed
Wildomar Campground Open
Wildomar OHV Area Open
Wooded Hill Group Campground Closed

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).

Recreation Areas