Enchanted Forest Trail

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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2.4 km
Elevation
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175 m
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The Enchanted Forest Trail is a local favorite that boasts a magical ambiance year-round. Explore the mixed-pine woodlands adorned with lush undergrowth, meandering alpine streams, wildflowers, and wildlife! This beautiful trail makes for a great day of hiking.

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Route Description for Enchanted Forest Trail

The beauty and charm of the Enchanted Forest Trail is unparalleled. The primitive nature of the route adds to the excitement. Put your navigational skills to the test or download the trail GPS to navigate the unmarked path easily. This trek wanders over uneven, rocky terrain and meandering streams, so a pair of ankle-bracing footwear is recommended. When adventuring in the winter months, a pair of crampons are necessary to safely maneuver the slippery and snow-packed route. It is important to be bear-aware as you hike no matter the season.

The Enchanted Forest Trail boasts a tranquil experience, winding through the mixed-coniferous forests intersected with alpine streams. The soothing sounds of the gurgling water and the wind whistling through the trees will surely lull you into a state of relaxation. This route offers the perfect opportunity for birding and wildlife viewing—don’t be surprised if you see some rabbits along the way! The next time you find yourself near the Pine Mountain Club, a detour along the Enchanted Forest Trail will not disappoint.

Embark on your adventure along the Enchanted Forest Trail from the trailhead at the intersection of Banff Drive and Bernina Drive. Setting out from here, the Enchanted Forest Trail travels south, climbing into the wooded valley. Traveling along a beautiful alpine stream, you will have to navigate a few stream crossings and fallen trees. Mind your footing on the uneven terrain, and in the winter months, be wary of slippery rocks hidden beneath the snow cover.

Traveling southeast further into the woodlands, you will be rewarded with sporadic vistas of the encompassing San Emigdio Mountains. Marvel at the grandeur of the looming summits and the beauty of the lush vegetation that fringe the path—be wary of poison oak. Keep an eye out for rabbits, bears, and deer as you climb. When you ultimately reach the route's end, simply turn around and retrace your footing back to the trailhead down the canyon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Enchanted Forest Trail?

The Enchanted Forest Trail is a 2.4 km out-and-back hike in the Los Padres National Forest.

Are dogs permitted on the Enchanted Forest Trail?

Yes, dogs are welcome on the Enchanted Forest Trail if they remain on leash.

When is the Enchanted Forest Trail open?

The Enchanted Forest Trail is open year-round.

Insider Hints for Enchanted Forest Trail

  • The path is not well marked so download the trail GPS before heading out
  • In the winter months, a pair of crampons or snowshoes are necessary
  • Be mindful of bears as you hike
  • This route requires some stream crossings, so be prepared to do some boulder hopping
  • The terrain is rocky, so mind your footing on the uneven path

Getting to the Enchanted Forest Trail Trailhead

The Enchanted Forest Trail is accessed via the trailhead and parking lot at the intersection of Banff Drive and Bernina Drive.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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