4E03 - Espinosa Trail

4.8/5 (13 reviews)
Pine Valley, California (SanDiego County)
Last Updated: 12/17/2021
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Espinosa Trail is a short, fun connector trail that forms an 18-mile loop in Cleveland National Forest. The trail travels along Espinosa Creek in the southern end of the Cleveland National Forest and is bordered by private land, Pine Creek Wilderness to the north and west, and Hauser Wilderness to the south. The trail runs between Los Pinos Road and Corte Madera Road and offers magnificent views of San Diego's own version of Half Dome, the immense Corte Madera Mountain at just over 4,600' of elevation. Corte Madera, Spanish for "to chop the wood," was a heavily logged area in the 18th century, providing much of the timber for the southern California missions. Approximately 4 miles south of the Espinosa Trailhead is Corral Canyon OHV Area, which offers up to 50 miles of OHV trails ranging from easy to very difficult. Along with this road, the 18-mile loop consists of the following additional roads and trails: 16S17 - Los Pinos Road 17S04 - Corral Canyon Road 4E03 - Corte Madera Road 17S06 - Skye Valley Road

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (13 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/09/2022

Solid trail for built rigs. Insanely scenic drive counter clockwise with a few difficult sections riding a 05 F150 2wd on 33s. 4x4 highly recommended!
Status: Open
Visited: 08/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

The one Obstacle is fairly easy to navigate. Sliders are a good idea. The rest of the trail past the one obstacle get narrow with lots of poison oak growing into and on the trail
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great time! The tanks area is the hardest part. Ran the trail in my 2022 Toyota Tacoma with 32’s and a level kit that adds about 2 inches to the front. Looked impossible. But with a good guide and some balls we did it. We went up it. The other parts of the trail were thin. Lots of stripes!
Trail Review: 4E03 - Espinosa Trail - Todd
Status: Open
Visited: 03/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Gates were open! This is a fun trail to get some good offroading experience. It seemed to more rutted and rocky than the description. Also hiked up to Corte Madera which is highly recommended.
Status: Temporary Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/20/2022

Gate was locked.

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