Double Peak Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
You can get there all the way to Double Peak park by car but it's no fun that way. Discovery Lake can be used as starting point for a nice hiking. Ridgeline Trailhead lot is closer to the peak if you don't want to take the long route.
A little more kept than I expected but a nice hike. I recommend taking the secret trail if you are looking for more of a challenge. On the way back down there are two or three trails which provide a challenge as well!
While the hike is clearly marked and the view at the top is rewarding, I would not recommend this hike to tourists or those seeking a true hiking experience. The path seems to be more of a resource for locals doing family activities or their daily exercise. Starting from the bottom, the trail is a steep and almost constant uphill until you reach the top of Double Peak. Most of the path is highly manicured and maintained, however the last bit of path is intensely steep, rocky and unkempt (unless you wish to walk on the road). The experience is the same on the way back down. Overall, my recommendation would be to just drive to the top if you want to see the view, and save the hike for a more enjoyable experience.
Nice short hike with a nice view at the top
I made this hike longer by going to the left at the round 10k marker then going all the way to San Elijo Rd, turn right then go up the double peak rd. 4.7 miles plus the approx 2.5 going down to the trail head. I put a 3 star because of the houses and streets that you have to use. The view from the top is fantastic. Pretty much get a 360 view and can see pretty far. The view makes it worth the hike. I'm sure more stars for a trail runner.
like to run in this trail