Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!

19908 Questhaven Rd
Escondido, CA 92029

33.073847, -117.164058

Hike: 2 miles roundtrip   Level: Easy

Dog-Friendly: Yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes

From their website: "With all this mystery surrounding this area, it is also home to a beautiful non-denominational Christian retreat center called Questhaven. "Founded in 1940 by the Reverends Flower and Lawrence Newhouse, it encompasses 640 acres of pristine wilderness inviting the worship and experience of God in a peaceful nature setting.

People come from all over the world to this retreat for quiet and renewal. When one goes out for thrills to touch the gate or explore the area at night, it only causes problems. Be respectful." (

Questhaven Rd., which is neighbors to the Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove, is filled with haunted rumors. Whether or not there is any truth to these rumors will remain a mystery. What is undeniable about this place is the spooky feeling that it gives you when you drive on the windy, woodsy road.

Much of what used to be known as Questhaven is now known as the San Elijo Hills suburbs. Tons and tons of wooded acres were cut down to replace homes. Although this area is definitely scariest at night, I also recommend checking out the area during the day too because the surrounding area is actually filled with interesting spots to explore.  Questhaven Rd. has now partially been turned into a hiking trail which will give you the opportunity to get an intimate experience with the land in the day.

Personal Experience: This area, along with the Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove, are the types of places that are brimming with many stories and mysteries that quite possibly will never be revealed to the public. It is only natural for us to respect that.

While you're in the area, make sure to explore Copper Creek Falls nearby!

When I was younger I used to pry so hard into these places. I would go in areas that I shouldn't have gone and could sense that I was upsetting something far more powerful than me. Through my exploration I found many interesting places and really felt that I was beginning to unearth some of the secrets that we aren't supposed to know. I will not be writing about those discoveries here and most likely never will.

It was one fateful night in 2007 that everything came crashing down on me. I learned a powerful lesson that curiosity with places like these can be extremely dangerous. Let's just say the night ended a bloody mess.

Part of what creeps me out in this area are the names. For a haunted area, the names are so peaceful (for the most part) and yet there are some very dark undertones. We have Questhaven, Spooks Canyon, Elfin Forest (El Fin is translated to "The End" in Spanish), Harmony Grove and you can take Avenida del Diablo (Avenue of the Devil) to get out here. Creepy!

The houses have character out here:Here is the hiking trail (which you used to be able to drive through until around 2006). This is where we were one night when I had my accident.

I find this fascinating. Every wooden post along the trail has a star carved into it. Literally hundreds and hundreds of star-carved posts:

The gate that everyone gets so worked over. It's not scary inside guys. It's a retreat.

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  • Osider
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    Nice work Jessica, love the new pics and updates on Questhaven thx

    March 11, 2016

  • Richie
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    Now I’m curious to know what secrets you began to uncover.

    March 13, 2016

  • Anon
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    The suspense is killing me. I really want to know what happened to you that night. I’ve always been so interested in questhaven and the mysteries behind it. I’d love to hear your stories if your willing to tell

    March 31, 2016

  • Khoa
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    Questhaven is my back yard practically, but I have never heard of any of the spooky things you alluded to.

    July 15, 2016

  • Vista_4_Life
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    (Anon)Re: Hiddensd did an interview for palomar college radio, in the interview she explained what happen to her that night.

    August 4, 2016

  • Inquisitive
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    (Vista_4_Life)Re: Do you have a link or audio recording? Or do you know the story? I’m curious.

    September 20, 2016

  • SDBoi
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    Me and couple buddies went there the other night and as we were walking towards the trails near quest haven, there was a caravan of the 3 cars that would not stop following us for a good 45 mins….we decided to bail when we saw tow truck coming for our car.

    January 22, 2017

  • FaZe Rug
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    Hello, Bryan here. This is the real faze rug. When me and molly came copule of ours ago we heard footsteps and crazy stuff, I recommend you do please dont go here, By the way This is not the real tunnel.

    October 16, 2017

  • Anonymous
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    Is there a place to be able to park around there? Seems like we would have to park back near San Elijo and park in a neighborhood. Then, walk a little over a mile to get to the north trail head.

    October 30, 2019

  • Anonymous
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    What’s the story?!

    March 21, 2020

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19908 Questhaven Rd, Escondido, CA 92029, USA