is a fun short day hike to one of the more prominent peaks in the Santa Ana Mountains. Elsinore Peak stands at 3,575 feet and is easily accessible compared to other prominent peaks. This is an out and back trail on an uneven dirt trail/maintenance road. To reach other prominent peaks offering similar views generally requires miles of hiking, while this one is only a mile roundtrip. The hike offers absolutely fabulous views. If you are looking for a more challenging hike, then this is not the one for you. But if you are looking for a short hike with tremendous views of Southern California at the top, this is a great one.
Mt. Baldy (along with the San Gabriel Mountains), San Gorgonio (along with the San Berardino Mountains), San Jacinto (along with the San Jacinto Mountains), Santiago Peak (along with most of the Santa Ana Mountains), Toro Peak, Hot Springs Mountain, the Palomar Mountains, Cuyamaca Peak, the Laguna Mountains, the Inland Empire, the Pacific Ocean, San Clemente Island and Catalina Island. Bottom-line is this Southern California Hike offers amazing views from the summit and is well worth the trip.
The one negative to this hike is the radio equipment that is on the summit. Also, since you are in the Cleveland National Forest, you will need to have a Forest Adventure Pass displayed in order to park at the trailhead.
Palomar Observatory on top of Palomar Mountain in the Palomar District of the Cleveland National Forest. From the summit, you also get a good view of the sky divers jumping from planes over Lake Elsinore, if you are there when they are sky diving.
Ashley and I were very impressed with this fun short hike in the Cleveland National Forest. For a hike which is not very challenging it sure rewarded us with tremendous views of our local mountains and beyond. Ashley and I hope to come back soon.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 250 ft. (Easy), Distance: 1 Mile Roundtrip (Easy).
Time to Complete Hike: 30 - 45 minutes.
MORE TRAIL WRITE-UPS ON ELSINORE PEAK
November 29, 2010 (This Post)
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