VCTA Elfin Forest Hike

Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Way Up Trail – Elfin Forest Reserve

Join the Valley Center Trails Association (VCTA) for a moderately strenuous three mile hike at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. The hike starts at the Reserve parking area on Harmony Grove Rd. Parking is free. Bring water, and wear appropriate sun protection and footwear – there is little shade on the trail. This out and back hike ascends steeply and continuously for one mile. At the top, we’ll take a break at one of the lookouts. Views are spectacular on a clear day, including the ocean, the Olivenhain Reservoir, and snow-capped mountains to the north. On our return we’ll take the Botanical Trail, which includes a stream crossing – bring your poles if you aren’t comfortable hopping from rock to rock.  Allow at least two hours.

The Reserve gates open at 8. Hike begins at 8:05. Everyone is welcome and no pre-registration is required.

Directions: Take Valley Parkway to Avenida Del Diablo. Go right/north on Avenida Del Diablo for 0.6 mile. Turn right on Citracado Parkway. Go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Harmony Grove Village Parkway. Go 0.4 mile. Turn left on Harmony Grove Road. Go 2.2 miles to the reserve staging area on the left.

Heavy rain during 24 hours before hike or steady rain one hour in advance of start time cancels hike. Notice of cancellation will be posted on the VCTrails Facebook page. If you don’t use Facebook and want notice of cancellation, email at least two days before the event.

Valley Center Trails Assn., Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the creation of non-motorized trails and pathways in Valley Center. More info at