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“Great place to hike and check out the breath taking beauty of the outdoors”

Cleveland National Forest
Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Alpine
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Owner description: Although near major metropolitan centers, this national forest is a well-preserved expanse of scenic beauty.
San Diego, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Great place to hike and check out the breath taking beauty of the outdoors”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Simple put a wonderful experience for the family and friends. The beauty of the outdoors along with the great hiking trails were worth the trip.

Visited May 2014
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Southern Cal
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Try the Ortega Canyon in the Forested Area”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Here is an example of the diversity California has to offer. A Tioga environment, this area has oaks, pines. sage and even palm trees,( Look hard and google it for a natural hot spring oasis). The highway that goes from San Juan Capistrano to Lake Elsinore is not for the faint of heart with its snake winding roads and sharp cliff faces but it is a memorable experience that has people travel from all over just to say they "drove the Ortega".
Popular on Sundays with the motorcycle crowd there are eateries ranging from salt water taffy and turkey jerky to a roadhouse on the cliff serving barbeque with a view 1000' below of Lake Elsinore. A pleaser for visiting guests this is a great place to expose friends to.

Visited May 2014
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Union, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
601 reviews
227 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“460,000 Acres of Natural Forest”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

This is a very large National Forest located about an hour east of San Diego. We drove through part of it on the Sunrise Scenic Byway . . . . . https://www.google.com/search?q=sunrise+scenic+byway&rlz=1C1RNPN_enUS414&espv=210&es_sm=93&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=p0f6UoylEueysQTs2oH4Cw&sqi . . . . . traveling north from Rt. 8. It is a very interesting drive.

Activities offered include hiking, camping, and horseback riding plus plenty of spots for a picnic. There are a number of "Scenic Overlooks" along this Byway with spectacular views.

I also suggest stopping at the Laguna Store and post office which is an old time general store for a snack and a drink.

Visited August 2013
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Long Beach, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Awesome hike”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Very disappointed that they didn't have National Forest Patches for sale. I try to collect one from every place i hike.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Sarah L
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Alpine, California
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“great any time of year”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

great place to visit any time of year. you can get to Julian or just look around. the lake has fishing and a good place to eat. take your time because there are lots of back roads, walking trails and camping areas. you need a pass to stop and park. remember that California is broke.

Visited October 2013
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