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trail locations for Escondido, California

We only did half of it because it was an unplanned hike with my 1 year old strapped to my back, but we had a blast. There are spots of shade along the way and it isn't totally flat so it's not boring. I let my daughter down to explore a bit by the bridge and she loved it. Not stroller friendly, but definitely doable with kids, keeping distance in mind.

10 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..

Beast of a trail. Great mountain hike. Awesome views from the top! Bring alot of water for the way up.

11 days ago

Nice hike, good workout and views without traveling too dar to do it.

my favorite local hike

20 days ago


Short easy hike close to home

24 days ago

I did this hike today from the parking lot at the end of Sunset Drive and it was 8.2 miles. Great long hike, very easy, with only a few moderate spots. I really appreciated this app today because it helped me find my way on a few spots that were not marked well. Will definitely do again but would not take this hike again at sunset because the view on the way up was nice but dark and long on the way back. Also there were only a few other hikers on the summit portion so that was nice.

long flat trail. not much to see. good for long trail runs.

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.

I can't wait to tackle this hike again when I'm better equipped. And more knowledgable. I decided, after not looking at the map, to do the way up trail. After not hiking in over a year, my @$$ was handed to me. And I'm in decent shape. But the steepness definitely through me off. Make sure you bring enough water. Like, a lot. One large bottle for my dog and I was not enough. I ended up carrying her the last 15 minutes down the mountain. I found myself stopping frequently on this trail to catch my breath, blaming my dog as people walked by seeing me relaxing in the shade... "Oh she's just a puppy, she needs to catch her breath." Really, it was me. So bring your water. Really beautiful surroundings, can't wait to complete all of the hikes Elfin Forest has to offer!

One of my favorite trails! This trail is fairly narrow, and weekends are a mesh of hikers dodging mnt bikers, so I prefer to go during the week. It's 3miles up, and down, but at the top there are lots of others trails. I have turned this hike into an 8mi, but I'm sure you could make it even longer!

Great trail for a conditioning hike. Not too difficult at all. I started at 0600 and logged almost 5 miles on this trail. went up quickly and then walked and ran my way down. Great views of the valley and of the South Trail just across the hwy. I hiked the South Trail last week and being able to see the trail and the ridge from the opposite side gives you a bit of perspective of where you were and where you traveled to and from.

1 month ago

Back on this trail for a second time in about a week. Took my 9 year old with me for a short 2.25 mile walk and history lesson. We then headed to Kit Carson Park for some additional father daughter time.

great for the sole lots of fun.

Road noise takes away from the solitude, however the views were good. I recommend it for anyone trying to be alone. There is much to explore and would like to do it again in the fall or winter.