Elfin Forest Hike in North County, San Diego

Olivenhain Reservoir as viewed from the Elfin Forest Preserve Lookout

Olivenhain Reservoir as viewed from the Elfin Forest Preserve Lookout

Think of being outdoors in San Diego. You’re thinking of the beach, aren’t you? It is true, San Diego will never escape it’s pop culture image of miles of sun-drenched coastline. This is a bit of a shame actually, because San Diego offers another geographical future unique among big cities – huge amounts of pristine, undeveloped open space. San Diego is comprised of bustling urban sprawl on mesa tops, with surprisingly undeveloped canyons cutting through it all. What this means is that San Diego is home to over 24,000 acres of protected open space in the city limits alone. The area is inundated with more places to hike than you could shake a stick at.┬áKendall and I have hiked many of these trails, and we decided to add the Way Up trail at Elfin Forest Preserve to the list last weekend. Continue reading