Wooded Hill Nature Trail

Cleveland National Forest, California

Elevation Gain782ft
Trailhead Elevation5,976ft
Elevation Min/Max5974/6224ft
Elevation Start/End5976/5976ft

Wooded Hill Nature Trail

Wooded Hill Nature Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 5,976 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 782 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. Wooded Hill (elevation 6,214 feet) can be seen along the trail. There is also a water tank along the trail.

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"The figure-eight path of the Wooded Hill Nature Trail takes you to the highest wooded summit in the Laguna Mountains— 6223-foot Wooded Hill. (Three slightly higher summits are nearby, but they’re entirely brush-covered.) On and near the summit, you can view a wide panorama that encompasses (when the air’s very clear) San Diego, Point Loma, Santa Catalina Island, San Clemente Island, and the Coronado Islands. On the way up, you’ll probably catch sight of the white domes of Mount Laguna Observatory, San Diego State University’s off-campus site for astronomical research and instruction."

Wooded Hill Nature Trail Trip Reports

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Outstanding family hike. Dog friendly, no crowds, wooded most of the way with a very nice view to the west at top of the loop. This is the place you want to go if you have (1) small children (2) a dog or dogs or (3) you just want a leisurely hike in the shade. Highly recommended.
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In a nutshell, stunning! Take mum and the kids on this one - it's an easy single track with only 300' elevation gain/loss in a wide figure-of-eight. The views south and west are superb, and some spring flowers were still out in mid-May. All the trail winds through pines and you feel a million miles away. Numbers are painted on rocks, so if you pick up one of the interpretive flyers at the Visitors Center just north up the road, picking out the flora should keep them happy for a while. The gate was closed when I did this - if so, just park out of the way beside it (there's room for about three cars) walk around the gate and up the sealed driveway for 0.3 miles - the trailhead is just on your left at the bottom of the dip.

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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 Mount Laguna
Local Maps

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