Lake Hodges Trail is a 16.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Santa Fe, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Pro: Hiked from Rancho Bernardo neighborhood to Old Glory (flag on top of a hill). Great 9 mile in/out hike with spectacular views, tons of wildflowers and great bird watching. I did this hike in late March 2016.
Con: Always prefer a loop hike and this was an in/out hike. Poison oak got me :-(
Easy trail, not too many people. A nice quick and easy hike.
Will return. Great views. Challenging ascent for me, but not overwhelming. Lots of rocks (glad to have worn good hiking shoes.) Heavy traffic, dogs and families. Some bikers. Elfin Forest (no signs from road indicate Lake Hodges). Parking was packed, ended up on the highway.
Great park and trail systems. Plenty of bird watching.
Good beginners hike and awesome mountain biking. Easy access from the 15 freeway. Restaurants in campgrounds close by
Started at the trail head from Sunset Dr. and hiked along Lake Hodges until I reached the dam and then headed back. Round trip was around 13.5 miles or so. All in all, great hike to do! No crazy inclines (you have the option of climbing Bernardo Mountain if you have the urge to summit a mountain). The first 1.5 miles or so wasn't that great as you walk parallel to the freeway and you can hear the noise of traffic. But after that, you get that peaceful loneliness with nature that most hikers crave. The trail is shared with equestrian riders and bikers, so be mindful of your surroundings. Also, watch out for rattlesnakes haha. Bring lots of water and a snack.
Started at south side of lake hodges did a 7.7 mile loop across bridge 6.7.13 water super low today. very fast trail mostly downhill first half . creek crossing around 1 mile in. cactus . sycamore trees and great views of lake from upper trail. ended up at a parking lot and followed a trail south of boat launch where an old rusty car was .. looped back on lower trail. slight incline then mostly flat. did 7.7 miles in under an hour great fast trail with great views! stay on trails as I heard several rattlesnakes. if hiking bring hiking stick to protect yourself from snakes just in case.
Hiked to the Ribbon Bridge and and on over along the trail and back for several miles. Very enjoyable.