Best Trails near Escondido, California

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on Way Up Trail to Harmony G...
2 days ago

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!

on Clevenger Canyon-San Pasq...
3 days ago

hiking

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.

on Mule Hill Trail
3 days ago

walking

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.

on Daley Ranch
4 days ago

great for the sole lots of fun.

on Clevenger Canyon-San Pasq...
4 days ago

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.

on Lake Hodges Overlook Trai...
9 days 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!

on Clevenger Canyon South We...
9 days ago

hiking

The sign at the trailhead says South Trail, so that's what I will call it. I ended up hiking 6.57 miles in 2 hrs 47 min (hiking time) with a total elevation gain of 1819'. I stepped off at about 7am the temp was 64'. I finished my hike at 10am and the temp was now 94'. Bring lots of water and snacks for this moderate hike. You are exposed most of the time. Also, wear long pants and long sleeves, especially if you decide to take the SW trail. About 6/10s of a mile in there is a fork in the trail with a marker that that gives you the option of continuing SE or taking the trail on the right SW. If you are adventurous and want the challenge of busting the brush go SW. From the trailhead to the end of trail sign it is only 1.5 miles. Just before the End Trail sign there is a viewpoint. Hidden between the rocks at the viewpoint is an ammo. Open it up and sign in! From here I headed back down to the fork and took the SE trail. You will be rewarded with some awesome views, a short cruise along the ridge, and a set of chairs that have been concreted on top of a huge boulder. Take the time to circle around the back of the boulder, climb the wooden stairs, take a seat and just take it in. You won't regret it! This was a fun training hike for me.

on Mule Hill Trail
9 days ago

hiking

This trail was rated as easy and it certainly was. My goal was to hike quickly along the trail to the Raptor Ridge View Point. Out and back I logged 10.81 miles in 3 hrs 33 min, taking time for lots of stops to take pictures and read about Mule Hill and town of Bernardo. As others have stated this trail is very flat. My entire elevation gain today was 903'. The majority of that coming about a half mile or so from Raptor Ridge View Point. There were lots of benches and picnic tables along the trail. I really enjoyed the history lesson at provided about one mile in. I plan to take my 9 year old on a two mile out and back (for the history) then stop at the farmers market which I think opens at about 10 am on Saturday. This is a great family outing/picnic place.

on Elfin Forest Olivenhain R...
9 days ago

Steep and hot but beautiful views at the top!

on Daley Ranch
9 days ago

I couldn't find the ranch house. Not much shade and the road was paved.

on Elfin Forest Olivenhain R...
12 days ago

An all around good hike!

on Elfin Forest Olivenhain R...
16 days ago

hiking

This trail was a great work out friendly people and interesting to walk through the botanical garden... Also if you take this way down you have to cross the little river to get back to the entrance it is fun!

on Daley Ranch
17 days ago

easy and peace full

on Elfin Forest Olivenhain R...
22 days ago

hiking

Love this trail!

on Coast to Crest Trail at L...
24 days ago

Great trail - super hot! Not too much shade but has a great views.

on Bernardo Mountain Summit ...
25 days ago

hiking

Nice training hike. Started off at about 0700 with a 30 pound pack. I was able to complete this hike in 2 hrs 27 min and had 7.76 as the mileage (did not include about a 30 minute break at the top). There were lots of options to make this hike shorter or longer and plenty of people on the trail. Mostly bikers and some trail runners. I noticed at the San Dieguito Park there were other trails that head off into other directions and offer different challenges. I will certainly come back any try these trails as well. All of them are a part of the Coast to Crest Trail.

on Daley Ranch
1 month ago

hiking

on Elfin Forest Olivenhain Reserve Loo...
1 month ago

hiking

My boyfriend and I just moved near by, and we stopped in to check it out. It was amazing! The botanical loop trail is short but super sweet. Every where you look is nature and wildlife. The running creek is fun to cross and there's a little stone bench you may stop to relax and experience all of the lush landscape. I can't wait to go back when it's not 90° and experiemce the way up trail.

on Coast to Crest Trail at L...
1 month ago

hiking

Awesome! The dogs got overheated so we had to carry them

on Elfin Forest Olivenhain R...
1 month ago

hiking

Trail was fun. Lots of rocks so be aware of how you place your feet. There isn't much shade up at the top, so earlier the better. Free parking was nice!