Cleveland National Forest

Cleveland National Forest is a national forest that is located in the state of California in the United States. It holds 460,000 acres of land separated into three districts known as Trabuco Ranger District, which holds mainly northern areas, the Palomar Ranger District, located near Ramona and Escondido, and the Descanso Ranger District, which can be found east of El Cajon. This national forest was created on July 1, 1908, after Theodore Roosevelt merged Trabuco Canyon National Reserve and San Jacinto National Reserve. There are four designated wilderness areas within the forest, all of which are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, including Agua Tibia Wilderness, which is managed in part by the Bureau of Land Management.

In order to park in Cleveland National Forest, a National Forest Adventure Pass must be obtained from a visitor center, local store, or from the internet. The official website for the national forest alerts visitors to road, trail, and other closures within the area, which are often due to various “Law Enforcement Activities.” Visitors can enjoy a number of activities within the forest including hiking, bike riding, horseback riding, driving along the Sunrise Scenic Highway, and camping. Permits are required to camp in remote areas.

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