Location: Escondido, Questhaven rd.
Questhaven, 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 it out during the day too because the surrounding area is actually filled with interesting spots to explore.
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." (www.questhaven.org)
Rancho de Los Penasquitos (Rancho Penasquitos)
The hiking trail (which you used to be able to drive through until around 2006). This is also where I broke my nose one fateful night: