Lake Hodges Overlook Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Lake Hodges Overlook Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, CA that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. 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.

6.1 miles 1272 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





2 days ago

great hike. not alot of shade. 9.5 miles adding the overlook trail and the equine incline trails.

8 days ago

We started from the Del Dios highway side.. still 6 miles lots of climbing..Fun hike, avoid hot days,it gets even hotter on trail. First mile is fun..

22 days ago

25 days ago

Fun hike with a nice breeze coming off the reservoir. Sadly I could here the sound of traffic coming up the valley from Escondido, but headphones fixed that.

29 days ago

1 month ago

Definitely challenging esp in the summer heat but rewarding views of the reservoir and lake at the end. You take walk up trail to the lake hodges overlook trail. Bring lots of water! And be out of the park by 730pm!

5 months ago

6 months ago

Really good hike if you want to challenge yourself!

6 months ago

If you are looking for a challenging hike this is it. I have no idea how they calculated 3.9 miles. From the street to Ray Brooks Overlook (the other way from Lake Hodges Overlook once you get to top) my phone app said 6 miles roundtrip and it showed to be 1202 feet at or near the top, I would categorize as moderate-hard. It is straight uphill from the start. Very very rocky.. big rocks and little rocks you have to be careful not to slip on. At the beginning you see a sign that shows you the way to the "way up trail". Shortly after, you will see a cut off for the Botanical Trail. We did this. We had to cross a stream which wasn't the easiest ever without getting wet but we got on all fours and got across! We went back the other way...! haha. Beautiful views facing Palomar Hospital and then of the Olivenhain Dam (found all our water!!). I thought coming down would be a piece of cake but the pebbles are tricky to navigate without falling so hiking shoes helpful with more traction! Take a copy of the map with you. It is well marked as you go if you know where you are heading... Parking is tough. We parked on the street outside the parking lot where it says no parking. We didn't get a ticket. No guarantees for you. Not sure if they patrol there as there were probably 40 cars parked that way! Mostly hikers, but some mountain bikers going up and down. They were all very polite. Beautiful area and great hike. (they do have porta potties at a few places- for sure by Ray Brooks and some other places as well.

8 months ago

Well maintained trails, good views

1 year ago


1 year ago

A bit more difficult than I expected. Not 8 miles either. About 4 there and back. Nice overcast day to hike it.

1 year ago

Great trail! Very well maintained, and the breeze off of the reservoir is wonderful. The overlook view is a good one!