Explore the Sutherland Dam

Sutherland Dam - Search Nearby - Added by Alex Seger

Built in 1927, this 160 foot tall dam is the barrier between the Sutherland Reservoir, and the Cleveland National Forest. With blue waters on one side, and lush green mountains on the other, Sutherland dam offers spectacular views and countless adventures. 

Once your on Sutherland Dam Rd, follow it until your right next to the dam. Park on the side of the road where you see a small turn-out. Walk down to the side of the dam and drop down onto the concrete flooring of the dam. Walk on-top where allowed, and check out the views of the lake and the mountains. Next you can walk the gravel road around and down to the bottom of the dam. From here, feel free to explore the hollow underbelly of the massive structure!  There are 6-8 enormous hollow pillars of the dam you can check out. In the middle and biggest chamber, your voice will echo extremely well, which is pretty cool. Walk around and explore as long as needed before heading back the same way you came!  

Distance

1 Miles RT

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Temecula / Vail Lake KOA

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Outsite // San Diego

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San Diego Metro KOA

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Cool But Illegal

This area is illegal. Restricted area signs everywhere

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