Explore the most popular birding trails in Daley Ranch with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

To reach the peak in 4.1 miles if you start at the trailhead next to the San Diego Humane Society. There is a large dirt parking lot with free parking. This trail/peak is part of Daley Ranch. We went on a cool morning and found this to be a pretty easy hike with mostly moderate incline or flat areas with just a couple steep segments that don't last very long. However, depending on the time of year and day that you hike this in I could see this being hard since there is very little shade and mostly exposed to the sun.
The route we took was Cabrillo to Sage to Stanley Peak and it was 8.2 miles RT. There is a spot about .3 miles from the peak that has a pretty good ledge with dramatic drop off for a photo op. At the peak you are rewarded with some great views and there was a metal container with a notebook to sign if you wish or write a journal entry.
Other details: 1,390 ft elevation gain, peak elevation is 1,976 ft, took us about 3 hrs to hike plus however much time you decide to spend at the peak, hiking poles not required (should be fine with shoes with good traction), and about 1-2L of water depending on the weather

21 days ago

Easy pleasant walk. After the paved ascent from
The parking lot an easy descent down to the ranch house then a wide flat pleasant loop through meadow and woods. No dramatic views like on the other trails but a very pleasant peaceful walk. A good break from some of the more arduous trails.

Easy to moderate 10 mile hike that is an easy drive from Vista. You need a map or GPS as some routes aren't marked well. Saw a few bikes at the beginning, but few people after that. Overall a good day.

22 days ago

Steep incline at the start of the boulder loop but well worth the effort. Amazing views from the top and nice flat portion around the summit. Steep decline as well with a rocky path so watch your step

Covered in dog shit, but otherwise great hike! good boulders to play on in the middle to break up the hike

23 days ago

Great walk with the dog, a little steep at times and some trails suffering from water erosion, overall a beautiful and manageable hike suitable for all

Wonderful walk with my dog

1 month ago

Fun hike with some great inclines!

Got a little lost, would highly suggest keeping a map close by. Great hike overall. Little hidden ponds were fun to find.

Starts out on a paved road uphill, eventually getting to some nice dirt and rock trails. Good up and down elevation, went in the morning still had shade here and there.

This was a great hike. A good workout but not too hard. It feels way out there but really just a few minutes off the freeway. Pay close attention to the trail markers to stay on the 10 mile loop. We got lost the first time we did this and ended up hiking a total of 14 miles because we had taken a wrong turn at some point.

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!

I’ve done this one a few times. Pretty easy terrain until you actually get to Stanley Peak Trail, then there’s some good incline to the top, but it’s not super long. The trails are well marked at Daley Ranch and of course it can get toasty there. The only reason I knocked off a star is because the view at the top is disappointing. Your view is of a road and you can hear the cars, but it’s worth the hike to see the other mountains.

Great hike with views of the Escondido valley. Take the OWT (old water tower) spur to the top of Stanley Peak for an extra treat.

6 months ago

Uphill, uphill and uphill some more. But it’s a great trail with lots of great views.

It is a great beginners trail or someone who is getting back into working out.

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

trail running
6 months ago

This was a fun challenging run for being 4 miles. Lots of uphill and just when I thought I had done enough and was starting to go downhill I started back up again. In all it wasn’t just 4 miles but also the equivalent of climbing 40+ flights of stairs

Great Trail lots of options to choose your distance!!!

6 months ago

A nice little hike. Pretty easy.

Nice trail. Definitely I will return to take side trails. Be careful, there are a lot of rattlesnakes! However, as elsewhere on such trails in California.

Easy to moderate trail to the peak with a little surprise at the summit. Wedge between boulders is a metal box containing journals and pen encouraging hikers to share their experience hiking Stanley Peak. Love the idea and made sure to share my thoughts. Most of the trail is paved with loose sandy soil and only almost half a mile to the summit that the trail became rocky. Easily doable even for children who love adventures.

6 months ago

Much harder then the reviews led us to believe but my husband and I found the surrounding nature to be worth the effort! LOTS of incline but it was so beautiful and peaceful

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

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.

Theres a variety of options. Paved with slight grades to completely dirt with rock, step grades, or for acomplete experience of both do the loop. Even the full loop has a few route options more difficult.

Great trail. Steep incline. Lots of trail choices!

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