Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is a dog-friendly area in Escondido, CA. Your leashed pup is welcome to join you on the 11 miles of trails through the reserve. Along the way, you can stop off at one of the picturesque picnic spots for a bite to eat and enjoy a scenic mountain view. Dogs must remain on a hand-held leash no longer than six feet. Visit Website

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 3 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 47 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Nathan
    May 24, 2021
    Somewhat remote, great hike for dogs!

    If the first parking lot is full, there is another one slightly less well marked but just up the road. That's where we parked and then jumped on the trail with BboBbo. The self-guided botanical was an awesome introduction to the Chaparral and Riparian landscape. Be warned it is pretty exposed so make sure to bring water for your pup and sunscreen for yourself. Or at least make sure to give your dog a chance to cooldown in the stream before and after the hike.

  • De’anna
    Mar 19, 2021
    Such A Fun Hike With My Pooch🐕😊

    can’t wait to go back. there are areas farther back that you can let your dog off leash but my pup is not ready for that. He had a blast in the stream and the views are just amazing

  • Lodie
    Nov 25, 2019
    Fantastic Hike With Dogs

    Great hike with dogs. Unfortunately they must remain on leash tho. Great little creek for them to dip in. Absolutely beautiful area. Highly recommend!

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