Daley Ranch

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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.

9.3 miles 1565 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wildlife

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.

4 days ago

Really nice! !

5 days ago

so beautiful, God's gift!

hiking
15 days ago

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 :)

1 month ago

Just go for a short hike or a long one.. this trail is awesome!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Went through east grade to hidden springs, to engleman oak, cougar ridge, boulder loop. The first time I went early in the morning and saw a coyote and on the top of hidden springs I saw a deer. As always take plenty of water. I went through two liters. Had some snacks. You can mix in crest trail and others for more of a challenge.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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 .....

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Add Stanley peak for more of a challenge

2 months ago

Daley Ranch is one of those gems known as diamond in the rough! Good hiking good work out!

hiking
2 months ago

Love Daley Ranch

2 months ago

2 months ago

easy

3 months ago

great for the sole lots of fun.

3 months ago

I couldn't find the ranch house. Not much shade and the road was paved.

3 months ago

easy and peace full

hiking
4 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

If you like climbing you'll dig it. 2 ranges with a valley running up the middle. Some cool rock formations.

trail running
5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

one of the best places to do hiking and mountain biking really love this place.