Explore the most popular forest 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.

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

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.

Plain and simple... a must do. Can't wait to return to this loop for the fall when the rain starts!

Nice loop. You have options on directions as well as some side trails so not likely to get boring if you repeat. Great views. Bikers were considerate and trails wide enough to accommodate all.

I love this hike- I made a loop out of it. Easy to follow and many trails to go explore. I recommend it.

Nice hike. Daley Ranch has a lot of desirable traits to its hikes. They are clean and well maintained. The Stanley Peak trail... Once you get to it is only about 1/2 a mile long, but it feels good after the previous 2 1/2 miles up because it gets a little more intense. It's a quick elevation change in that last 1/2 and the views are amazing. Be careful of mountain bikers!

Great to get the heart pumping at the start and then mellow out wide trail for most of it then slims down for one part pretty steep towards the top lots of dogs on the trail and their poop so mind your step. Go in the morning there is good parking till about 8 am ish and then it gets full fast . Bring water it gets hot and not much shade after 9ish also a good hand full of bikers but all nice .

nice loop, shade under trees but the trail opens up nicely for great views

This should not be rated as easy. Not a bad hike but lots of uphill, lose rocks and the trail is rutted in spots. This and very little shade makes it more moderate than easy.

took my son here for his first bike ride. mistake. nice trail but I wouldn't describe it as beginner.

Lots of up and downs and great options to keep going. Lots of bike riders but they were very considerate of hikers. We did see a snake on the trail so keep an eye out!

Nice little workout with up and down hills, pretty views. Only saw a few mountain bikers and other hikers - mostly people with dogs.

Great hike for my first one back. Ran into a fellow east coaster which made it even better

Great Distance, a bit of technical, and a steady climb

My favorite North County Trail (so far). Many side trails to explore/add mileage. Some healthy climbs, but not so many as to not enjoy the hike. Great wide-open spaces after initial climbs.

Trail hike at Daley Ranch that is an alternative to going to the OWT.

Great hike, jogged/walked it in 2 hours. Suggest going earlier morning before marine layer goes away, it got hot about 930. Over all great experience.

Wow that's awesome

mountain biking
11 months ago

We really liked the diversity of this trail. There were a couple of really steep climbs on some connecting trails and one that could not be ridden, but we enjoyed the views they afforded us. Stick to Cougar if you just want to take it easy, explore the other trails if you want a little more challenging but doable riding.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great hike. There are parts that are steep, and others that are more level, making it a good all around hike. You also get to see different types, especially if you take the Engleman Oak trail off Cougar Ridge. There are a bunch of side trails and loops further along at the end of the ridge trail so you can spend all day there. Dogs are welcome. After the recent rains there is definitely some trail erosion but there is also more ponds, creeks and frogs that aren't usually there.

Friday, April 07, 2017

The first mile+ is a pretty good climb. Probably pretty tough for a young hiker

Good trail

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tried hiking the trail, but a rattlesnake blocked the path in the beginning so we turned around. Stay safe!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Very pleasant day. Ended up with 9.5 miles by the time we included Boulder Loop which we highly recommend. Varied terrain and views throughout. Some open meadow, some tree covered, shady trail. Reminds us a bit of certain sections on So Cal PCT. Nice combination of elevations. Not a difficult hike but a very nice workout. Would do it again.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

If you're looking for a good workout, this would be it. Following close to the suggested route, there were plenty of uphill stretches that help with a bit of cardio, and even more so on a bike. You climb up high enough to get some decent views to the west and south, then when you get to the shelter at Boulder Loop trail you get an eastern view. (and today I got shelter from a sudden downpour) As you loop around to the north of Burnt Mountain, you get several views to the north. Then you give back all of that elevation gain on a descent to the trailhead. There's varied terrain to be seen, including oak groves, ridge trails and mountain meadows, There's also several geocaches waiting to be found.

Awosome trail

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