Daley Ranch is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, California 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.
Lots of short, steep climbs, easy ups and downs, long flat sections (but mostly hilly). Walking here is similar to many hilly hikes in Arizona; just a joy to be here.
Love this trail! I've hiked and mountain biked this trail more time than I can remember, and it never gets old. With the holidays, alot of people have time off so the trail is busier than usual. Of you're a mountain biker, I suggest you get an early start.
With the recent rains, there's no dust, and with the mild weather there just isn't a better time to get out and spend some time on this trail.
Great hike, well mentioned trails and awesome views. Well worth the trip
Really nice! !
so beautiful, God's gift!
Got a late start so kept it short Did a quick loop via the Ranch House to Sage trail and up to Stanley Peak. Beatiful views of Rodriguez & Palomar mountains as well as Woodson and others to the south. From there continued down to Dixon Lake and then home. Fun short day :)