As one of the easternmost communities in San Diego County, Alpine and its 13,000 residents enjoy comfortable Southern Californian living along the I-8 interstate artery. Bordered to the north and east by the Cleveland National Forest, Alpine could perhaps be deemed the more forested community in San Diego County thanks to the abundance of greenery and trees throughout the area. However, the national forest isn’t only beautiful to look at but is also a wonder to explore through the diverse spread of recreational trails, campsites, and hidden wonders contained in the protected area. El Capitan Reservoir, located in the northern portion of the forest is a favorite getaway for those residents willing to make the trek deep into the wilderness. The picturesque lake is spectacularly beautiful, especially in the evenings when the sunset hits the water and reflects perfectly.
A number of events that the Alpine community hosts serves as milestones for the year and help to bolster the tight-knit feeling of the area. Clean Alpine is held every April and emphasizes neighborhood standards, green living, recycling, and the use of natural resources. Alpine Viejas Western Days and Parade takes place every September and is a series of family activities, entertainment reviews, and food tasting events. The holiday season is begun with the Alpine Village Christmas Light Parade that is held in the last week of November.
Although Alpine is one of the smaller communities in the region, it hosts its own school system, Alpine Union School District. The district provides a distinctive and unique K-12 education for all residents who live in the area. The system is comprised of six schools, each one serving a different purpose. Creekside Early Learning Center is designed to assist in preparing pre-kindergarten children for the rigors of the K-12 curriculum. Alpine Elementary School serves Alpine’s youth through grade five. The Boulder Oaks Elementary School is a California Distinguished School that serves students in grades K through 5. Joan MacQueen Middle School serves grades six through eight. Alpine’s high school students must attend classes in neighboring communities, although the commute isn’t long at all.