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11 hours ago

love this hike because if you want hard take 1 way or if you want easy take another way. My husband likes to do mountain biking so he can do that while the dogs,kids & I hike the hills. Bring your hiking shoes as it does get slippery on some hills especially the Volcano. BEWARE rattlesnakes & they are huge! we saw them by the cave.

Great flat trail which brings exercise and tranquility into a nice mix. Lots of plants and water foul and a great nature center that also has a free book exchange library.

nature trips
13 days ago

I love taking my 2yr old here. Its always shaded by the huge trees and always so peaceful. It's fairly easy until the steep incline/decline.

There are a few places to park along the trail. Its great if you're looking for something flat. there's lots of shade so its great as a trail to walk/jog on a hot or humid day. very dog friendly and relatively wide paths. only downside is that it's close to highway 5 freeway and there's some noise from that as you get closer west.

Took my 3 kids here and they loved it. Wasn’t too long, wasn’t too short. It was easy enough for my son, who is special needs, to walk and not need a break. There are 2-3 benches along the trail if you do have to stop and rest, or simply want to stop and see the beautiful surroundings.

longer than indicated. full sun exposure towards the top.

mountain biking
20 days ago

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

21 days ago

I’ve always found this to be a rather enjoyable hike. One unlike many in the area, it has bountiful trees and logs along the path to sit and enjoy the area. Dog friendly which I’ve never run into issues with. And if you’re lucky you’ll come across a few swings people put up. Try them out!! Always such a fun time.

nice scenery.

25 days ago

Pleasant mellow walk along the lagoon. There use to be motorcycle tracks back in the day where the turn around point and visitor center are located today. Times change

I loved this hike! Lots of shade to cool under and it’s a quiet hike. This place is beautiful! No one was on the trail when I went so all I was able to hear was the animals in the bushes, birds chirping and lizards moving around. The first time getting here I didn’t know there was a $5 day fee. I ended up just getting a annual pass all year so I can go back here. The camping spots are very pretty. Some have huge spots available with great shade!

Beautiful hike. Easy hike more than moderate. The scenery is lovely.

1 month ago

It’s an okay hike. There are a lot of side trails and none of the trails are marked, so bring your phone with this app unless you’re looking to wander about or you have an excellent sense of direction. Although you can see for quite a ways, you’re really only going to be able to see subdivisions. If you live close by, check it out, but don’t drive far for this one.

1 month ago

We got "lost" and made a right hand turn somewhere (you can see where A LOT of people have made thar mistake on the AllTrails map) and ended up climbing over tons of rocks and poison ivy. So I guess download the trail map and dont make the same mistake as me.

1 month ago

Decent short hike!

trail running
1 month ago

Great flats and hills to practice on. Not too many people. Impossible to get lost in. Easy 5 miler.

Trails need to be marked clearer Not the worst but not the best

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.

1 month ago

Great if you have kiddos!! I grew up coming here and now I have a 4 and 8 year old. There’s plenty of space to explore and playgrounds to play on. Beautiful park. We bought a yearly parking pass because we love coming here.

This is a great campground to have smack dab in the middle of nowhere. It was a great experience and there is a ton of adventure to be had.

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.

My wife and I really enjoyed this hike. Plenty of shade and benches.

Great place for simple exercise walk or Mtb.
Coyotes. Rabbits. Squirrels. Raccoons. Snakes.
And I think I spotted a Weasel!
Ducks and Geese in the big lake.
Plenty of camping with just-upgraded sites.
Reservations needed.
Some very LOUD Peacocks in a nearby yard.

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!

Must have permit to park and do not use Apple maps.

Good short hike for kids and families. Lots to see as well

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