Elfin Forest
Recreational Reserve

Mission Statement: Olivenhain Municipal Water District is devoted to the safe operation of the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and to providing all visitors with a unique recreational, educational, and environmental experience.

One of San Diego County’s most precious natural resources, Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve offers approximately 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, as well as picnic areas and scenic mountain viewing points. In addition, the natural beauty of the Reserve includes such native plant communities as oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. All wildlife and natural resources at the Reserve are fully protected so that future generations may also enjoy these wonders.

The 784-acre Reserve was developed by OMWD in partnership with the San Diego County Water Authority and the U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management, as an element of the Olivenhain Water Storage Project and the Authority’s Emergency Storage Project. The Reserve first opened in 1992. Owned by the Authority and managed by OMWD, the Reserve has been designed to unify the interests of domestic water supply development, natural resources management, and recreational opportunities.


Park Hours

Open every day except December 25; closed on rainy days or during a red flag warning (high risk of fire); Park opens at 8:00 a.m.; Park closes approximately 30 minutes prior to sunset; actual times are posted at trailhead

Interpretive Center Hours

(Subject to docent availability)

January 21, 2017

Center is currently closed

Today’s Weather

overcast clouds
humidity: 93%
wind: 8mph WNW
H 52 • L 47

Upcoming Events

Reserve your seat at our next Trail Patrol training beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 by contacting […]

OMWD’s Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is always looking for new docents to share their love of the outdoors and help […]

Join writer and artist Donna Walker on the second Sunday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for a free interpretive […]

July 13, 2017 OMWD offers tours of its facilities, including Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant, […]

Explore the world of insects with Reserve docent Bill Burkhardt. Bill’s monthly presentations include an amazing slideshow, microscope viewing, and answers […]

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Friday night: things have died down and waters have receded a bit. HGR is open again. County Public Works has done a great job, with heavy equipment to clear mud off the road and keeping us safe. Thanks County of San Diego! Country Club crossing is still closed as of 9pm, but the water is definitely a lot lower. Didn't see Suerte del Este, but it is likely not crossable, given how high the creek is.

Here's a fun video of the Escondido Creek from earlier today courtesy of Jeff Anderson head ranger at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. youtu.be/9nWrWgHSauk
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Kelly KressKelly Kress Hope things stay okay for Elfin Forest with the next rains. When is the last time that creek was flowing like that?3 hours ago

Leslie Bell HarrisLeslie Bell Harris Very cool!12 hours ago

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve trails closed temporarily due to rain. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less

Due to the impending rain tonight and throughout the weekend, EFRR has been closed. Visitors can call 760-632-4212 for status updates.

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Due to the impending rain tonight and throughout the weekend, EFRR has been closed. Visitors can call 760-632-4212 for status updates. ... See MoreSee Less

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EFRR has closed again due to inclement weather. With more rain in the forecast for tomorrow, you may wish to plan a weekend hike. ... See MoreSee Less

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EFRR has re-opened. Try to fit a hike in before the rain returns! ... See MoreSee Less

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024