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Nice scenery and great place to walk. Easy enough that my 3 year old nephew was able to complete the back and forth. Lots of cool bird watching opportunities. Definitely a place I will return to.

walking
7 days ago

Lake Murray is a great trail / walk for getting outdoors and enjoying some great scenery. You can make your walk as long or as short as you would like and as long as there is not a major event going on there is a TON of parking.

Typically you find people ridding bikes, roller blades, scooters, walking, running, even canoeing in the lake. Also you will find that a lot of people bring their dogs.

Overall this is a great place for a walk! Make sure to pay attention to the park hours, otherwise you care might get locked in for the night.

I lost myself in the water at the end and loved every moment of it. The route we took was the 6 mile route: we parked, walked straight ahead, continued for just over 3 miles, walked down to the water, hung out, chilled and walked back the same way we came. This was a nice "recovery" hike after doing a more challenging one a few days prior. This was long but definitely worth it. Give yourself a few hours though because walking 6 miles takes some time! Lots of shade but there are a few points where there isn't any.

Cool walk, perfect for kids, dogs, and chatting.

I loveeee this hike!!!! I’m confused on why people are saying it’s not a loop cuz it is but it’s a 11 mile loop. Not 6 miles. That information is incorrect. There’s so many trails the variety is amazing it feels like all different hikes. There’s 2 trails one for hikers and trail runnings and one for bikes and cars possibly. You don’t have to really ever worry about bikes. It’s beautiful and I highly recommend it! Some parts of shaded and a lot parts aren’t. Bring a ton of water and sunscreen. Lots of fun areas! Enjoy :)

Easy, comfortable. Can be crowded. Great for family or group stroll.

Easy practically flat trail. Beware lots of bike riders, some are nice enough to let you know they are coming close. Busy on the weekends. Nice waterfall at the end of the trail to refresh yourself in.

Nicely paved for all skill levels but that also means there's a fair amount of traffic. Wish the trail went all the way around the lake otherwise you have to walk back.

hiking
25 days ago

very calm and reliable hike great views and peaceful

Very pleasant and leisurely ride on a sunny fall afternoon from Coronado to IB and back. We brought our bikes and found free parking easily by the trailhead. Went out and back around sunset. It took us two hours.

A good walking trail. More of a nature walk than a hike but good for distance walking. Somewhat crowded on weekends. Lots of mountain bike riders, most are polite and warn you when approaching. Not much elevation change at all. Views are mostly of the meadows and pines, not many scenic long distance views from the trail itself. Walking in there was a lot of strong winds on the west side of the loop so be prepared for that. We did see a couple of bikers that were blaring Drake music from some type of bluetooth speaker and filming themselves with a drone which sort of takes away from the quick mountain get away experience, but most people are friendly and polite. Plenty of parking along Sunrise HIghway, make sure you have an Adventure Pass.

Fun hike for any ages.

Excellent

great when it isnt crowded!

Great easy walk!

trail running
1 month ago

Good mid range trail, but for a beginner trail runner, like myself, it is a doozy, especially for first 2+ miles. Be ready for a workout. My only gripe is the trail is poorly marked later in the loop as there are many junctions and I spent a lot of time guessing wrong. I would go to my AllTrail app but it was having it's issues (or at least my GPS was.)

walking
1 month ago

Great bike ride or walk/jog

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike yesterday was my first time did the big loop trail 6 miles. Just as we were leaving the fog rolled in and covered the entire valley so awesome to experience with the kids. Will definitely go back there with the mountain bike.

hiking
1 month ago

I have hike this trail many times it’s always a pleasure. Very peaceful and every so often you’ll see some wildlife. Mission Trails Park is beautiful.

It’s out and back at the moment. The dam is closed for repairs until October 11th 2018. Great place though!

walking
2 months ago

Easy walk and nice views at sunset. Lots of bathrooms too and free parking.

2 months ago

My go to for getting away from all the crazies in the city

mountain biking
2 months ago

Very pretty ride along the lake’s north shoreline. Mostly flat but there are some inclines that provide a slight challenge.

I’m giving this a 5 because I thought it was really well marked, maintained, and quiet on a Friday morning. I took some of the side trails to keep my and my little one in the shade and keep him entertained with the water flow. This is the perfect little escape in San Diego when Julian, Romona, etc. are too far for a hike.

Easy walk with the bob stroller. Plenty of places to stop and take in the view.

The “waterfall” looked more like a watering hole, really. Definitely bring lots of water to hydrate along the way because there will be some parts of the trail that aren’t shaded.

Nice view and almost flat with frequent breeze I would definitely love to go back

mountain biking
2 months ago

Espectacular vista y ambiente por la orilla del lago.
Súper sencillo el recorrido, apto para niños, principiantes, etc. Son 9km totales (ida y vuelta).
Caminata, trote, mascotas, bicicletas.
Área para descansar y convivir, tienda y amplio estacionamiento.

This was a very easy, and nice family hike. There are frequent shady areas, which come in handy midday. I would definitely recommend bringing at least 2Liters of water per person.

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