Espinosa Trail

Cleveland National Forest, California

Elevation Gain1,698ft
Trailhead Elevation3,481ft
Elevation Min/Max2905/3971ft
Elevation Start/End3481/3481ft

Espinosa Trail

Espinosa Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 3,481 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,698 feet. Near the trailhead there is an information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: Los Pinos Road and Corte Madera Road.

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"If you can arrange to be dropped off at the east end of this route and picked up later at the west end, this can be an enjoyable and rather easy trip across the mountains. Do it in the early spring, if possible, when the chaparral blooms and water bubbles down even the most insignificant ravines."

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This trail really makes you feel like you're out in the middle of nowhere! There is no cell service (for verizon at least) but I did get 4G coverage so I could track my trail with gps. I really enjoyed the seclusion of this trail. I chose to walk down into the canyon and found an area with many trees, brush, and wildlife. I made my way to the water hole and the end of the trail. It was full and a pretty nice peaceful spot. If I were going to backpack camp, I would chose a spot somewhere around here.

I look forward to doing this trail again.

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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Cleveland National Forest
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Descanso Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Morena Reservoir, Descanso, Viejas Mountain
Local Maps

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