Lake Hodges Overlook Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California 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.
dogs on leash
This trail was pretty easy. Beautiful day in February. The trail was clear and even with all the rain lately, it was mostly dried out.
Worth the hike up if your in the area.
Once you make it up here you might as well circle around the lake and see what's below, and that does include Lake Hodges.
These directions get you to the Elfin Forest and Olivenhain Reservoir.
Check out Bernardo Mountain Trail to get to the Lake Hodges overlook.
This whole page should be trashed. The map on front shows Olivenhain Reservoir, not Lake Hodges.
And another thing , there's already a Bernardo Mountain trail page on here which is basically what overlooks Lake hodges.
So this hike is switched back up hill for at least the 1st Miles after that little rolling hills and flat I started at 6:30 am but the park does not open till 8am so had to park on the side of the road ..... great views I would bring water this is a good easy /moderate hike the first part is the hardest after that not to bad ..... I did the whole hike it took me 3hr to do I'm slow and took brakes to see the view .... my Fitbit said I did 7 miles .... trail is well marked I only got lost once ..... but if you go during the day there will be no shade and very hot ..... also get there early if you want a spot to park gets full quick.
great hike. not alot of shade. 9.5 miles adding the overlook trail and the equine incline trails.
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..
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.