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Escondido, San Marcos, Vista

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hiking
10 days ago

Fun, beautiful hike! We saw many coyotes and rabbits! Very scenic and lots of shade. I would definitely recommend to others who are looking for a long, somewhat challenging at times, hike!

really nice and easy walk through. bring a pair of sandals just in case you want to dip your feet in the ocean and cool off. great halfway reward before heading back.

mountain biking
17 days ago

Bike riding. Easy with a few steep hills. Friendly people on the trail

nice scenery.

road biking
23 days ago

Next to very busy road and very ugly industrial buildings. Must cross several intersections along route. There’s a lot better places to ride your bike in San Diego. Although I appreciate the city putting in this bike path I don’t recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

It's a nice local suburban hike with about a 1000' gain on wide, well-marked trails. It gets better once you get to the top of Stoneridge housing development - at the first water tank - and away from the houses. Nice views once you get high enough. Can be somewhat crowded on weekends, but not too bad. Cool that you can get a climb and a view like this without having to drive too far. Nice spanning coastal views on clear days and usually pleasant breezes to cool you off once you hit the top. Cool to hit Double Peak just around sunset.

Too many houses around during some of the trip.
Saw a coyote though so had a good experience. Moderate difficulty.

walking
1 month ago

It was a nice moderate trail.

amazing placer

trail running
1 month ago

Very fun loop, some areas are a bit technical but nothing anyone can’t do. Lots of people all over the trail too.

Great challenging hike to the top of the summit. Great views and view of Lake Hodges. Will hike again.

This is a really nice hike up to the Bernardo Summit. The terrain varies from flat, to rocky and some decent inclines. It is a well worn trail that are shared with mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners. I would say it is a good trail for most, there were some seniors and children on the trail, so use your best judgment. There are several different trails that can be taken, I was on the one marked “Bernardo Mountain Summit” which takes you to rattlesnake view point. If you are going in the summer or hot in general, start early mornings to avoid heat issues, not a lot of shaded areas and in the summer Escondido gets well over 90 degs, so hotter on the mountain. Overall a great work out, great views and round trip was about 4.5 miles

1 month ago

love this trail for a good cardio workout. Spotted a roadrunner on last hike. Why do the dog owners put the poop in plastic bags and leave them on the trail? The poop would be better than the littering.

It was a good trek. It’s a mix of Uphill, Downhill and flat land. But watch out, there are a lot of rattle snacks (they did not harm anyone). We spotted 3 and I was going to step on 1 while I was walking. Just be more careful

First/last mile against major highway. once away from it the hike got much better. little shade but nice views.

hiking
2 months ago

Great!
Took my 4 month old and it was varied enough in terrain and trail alone to keep him entertained!
Difficulty varied with multiple hills despite climbs by a hill!!
I will do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

It is convenient and nice views from the top. I am not crazy about pavement and looking into people’s yards. So many homes. Prefer to be away from it....

Take plenty of water and make sure to wear sun screen. Not a lot of shade but overall a great place to go hiking.

This is not the hike that is described here. the trails here are very limited. You can hike Wes about 1 mile in and the trails disappear. They are not maintained in the water level is very very low. I went bushwhacking for a while and turn around. I then drove over the dam on Oakvale Road to check out the Egret Trail on the south side of the lake. it is basically a service road. About a mile long and then it just ends. so I turned around and went back to the car. there are some nice rocks to climb on on the lake is very pretty. Some people were catching a few fish.

walking
2 months ago

Nice trek. A bit slippery on the hillside and on the gravel parts. Easy to walk past trail up to Volcano.
Lots of Coyote scat and Dog poop on the trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

LOVED IT ALL!

Great views and a good challenge on the way up.

Great hike! Even if you are out of shape, I believe you can still conquer it lol. My wife and my 7 year old was able to finish it under 3hrs. Beautiful view of Lake Hodge, Escondido, and RB!

Nice semi-strenuous hike near Escondido. Great views near and at the summit.

Excellent trail. Take a map if you haven't hiked it before. Go early, take plenty of water. Have fun!

3 months ago

Was amazing climbing up the Volcano so much fun when you get to the top!! Loved it.

hiking
3 months ago

The trailhead at College/CVD has very steep ingress/egress and is full of dog poo (unlike most of the trails at Calavera).

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with lots of options to go in different directions. We hiked a total of 7.9 miles and went up Stanley Peak which is 0.7 miles out and back to the top with nice views overlooking Escondido. Lots of elevation for a good workout plus different types of scenery, which alternated from being woodsy to a more sage brush environment.

Easy to moderate hike and the view at the summit is worth the hike. Nice to see that in the midst of suburbs, nature is still abundant and accessible. Along the trail, you can enjoy the various wildflowers in bloom.

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