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Elfin Forest Adventures

March 12th, 2010 by bsmith | 2 Comments | Filed in San Diego Adventures, San Diego Day Trips, Uncategorized

As my cub scout den was working on their Webelo Forester Badge, I set out to find  a forest in close proximity to Northern San Diego.  Good luck…we are blessed to experience a wide variety of ecosystems, but forests are not one of them.  Still, just a few miles away from our house I discovered Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve which is run by the Olivenhain water district.  The rangers kindly agreed to lead the boys on a hike and educate our scouts about the plants and animals of the reserve.

Elfin Forest Stream, Elfin Forest, Ca


When we arrived on site,  I immediately felt like I was home.  I love San Diego, but I really miss access to wild spaces for hiking and exploring.  So much of San Diego is about palm trees and immaculately landscaped yards, it was nice to discover a place with a rushing stream and plenty of oak trees.

Hiking Sticks are Available at the Foot of the Trail

Two of my favorite things about this hike:  dogs can hike with you as long as they are on a leash and there is a “hiking stick loaner box” at the foot of the trail.  I have found that my kids will go almost anywhere as long as they can have a stick to help them along the journey. 

Elfin Forest is the perfect place for a spring outing.  Pack a picnic, wear your hiking shoes, and get ready for adventure.

Happy Trails,


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