Daley Ranch is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Daley Ranch has several trails. the 6.40 mile trail referred to here is Ranch House Road to the John Meadow Loop trail. Trail Map: http://www.ci.escondido.ca.us/glance/uniquely/daley/map.pdf Daley Ranch is a 3,058-acre conservation area acquired in 1996 by the City of Escondido and is managed in perpetuity for the preservation of a biologically unique and diverse habitat area of regional importance. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities and experiences in a historically significant setting. The property contains a number of natural vegetation communities including lush oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grasslands, and riparian areas. Approximately 1.5 miles from the La Honda entry is the redwood ranch house (currently a private caretaker's residence), redwood barn, and numerous outbuildings of historical interest.Daley Ranch Daley Ranch offers over 20 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Six distinct trails cover most of the property. Most popular are the Boulder Loop Trail (2.4 miles) which affords outstanding views of Escondido, and the Ranch House Loop (2.5 miles), which passes two small ponds and the site of Daley's original log cabin. Since private motorized vehicles are not permitted within Daley Ranch, the City sponsors a free shuttle service, which runs every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shuttle picks up passengers at the La Honda Drive entrance gate on the half-hour and on the hour, and picks up passengers at the Ranch House for the return trip on the quarter hour. The shuttle van is wheelchair accessible.
Go early in the morning way better ... it took me 3 1/2 hours at a nice slow pace... not very active person.... but I finished it! got turned around on cougar ridge and bolder trail so just a quick heads up there are 3 hills in the hike that whoop my #** and one steep down hill . For views on the trail was nice lots of bunnies and humming birds ... not a very active trail in the morning started at 6:30am-10:00 am saw maybe 20 people max.. good like my fit but said 10.4 miles but I did get turned around ... agin do the hike in the morning gets way to hot in the afternoon not much shade after 9 am ..... ps dirt parking lot is free but no parking after dark .....
Beautiful hike. Add Stanley peak for more of a challenge
Daley Ranch is one of those gems known as diamond in the rough! Good hiking good work out!
Love Daley Ranch
great for the sole lots of fun.
I couldn't find the ranch house. Not much shade and the road was paved.
easy and peace full
If you like climbing you'll dig it. 2 ranges with a valley running up the middle. Some cool rock formations.
Daley Ranch is one of my favorite trails so far that I've been to in north county. There are tons of trails within it that are pretty challenging and areas to check out. Just be sure to bring plenty of water on hot days and be prepared to face many hills. If you want to take it easy I'd say take the paved road to the Ranch House and the loop over by the Ranch House is pretty flat.
one of the best places to do hiking and mountain biking really love this place.
This is one of the best places to hike in North County. There are miles of trails so it is easy to hike just about any distance. There are hills if you choose to be challenged and you can visit many times before hiking the same route. Hot in the summer so be sure to take plenty of water. There is only bathroom and water at the Ranch House. Lots of fun!
Pea full walk !
Very fun trail to hike. Kids and wife loved it and we were lucky enough to be able to go into the ranch house. Very clean and new bathrooms.