Lightning Ridge Trail

Cleveland National Forest, California

Elevation Gain440ft
Trailhead Elevation5,525ft
Elevation Min/Max5525/5794ft
Elevation Start/End5525/5525ft

Lightning Ridge Trail

Lightning Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 5,525 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 440 feet. The Chula Vista Reservoir (elevation 5,791 feet) reservoir is near the trailhead. There are also parking and restrooms. Along the trail there is an amphitheatre.

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"Meadows have a special appeal. Perhaps it is their promises of water and cool grass. Perhaps it is because meadows offer great opportunities for spotting wildlife. And perhaps it is because a meadow is the ultimate spot for napping. If you like meadows, you’ll enjoy this hike. After a short climb to get the blood flowing, it’s all downhill to one of the numerous meadows that make the San Diego mountains such a treat."

"The shoulder of Monument Peak cuts off the distant view to the east and the south, but the panorama from north to northeast is excellent. If you know the way to Foster Point well, try coming up here on a moonlit night when the desert down below glows ghostly white. The panoramic, tree-framed view from the reservoir includes Little Laguna Lake and a long stretch of Laguna Meadow. The water in the lake rises, falls, and vanishes according to the vagaries of the weather. In spring, the brimming surface can be like a mirror, reflecting the greens and blues of the surrounding forest and sky. In the southwest, ridge after forested ridge leads the eye out to the distant, haze-shrouded coastal foothills."

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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Cleveland National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Descanso Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Monument Peak
Local Maps

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Oct 2018