hiking
9 days ago

Great hike to burn those calories! I started on the main trail from Discovery Lake through the neighborhood above. Steep to start, but there is a paved road to make it easier. Once past the residential area, the trail gets more rough. I took a few off-the-main-trail paths that got very steep and loose towards the top. There are a few cut-through paths that are challenging and feel like you're getting lost, but you always end up at the top. Great 360 view. You can see the ocean on q clear day. Took less than 2 hours round trip at a brisk pace.

horseback riding
13 days ago

Fun trail, I did the Ridgeline trail to double peak. Will definitely be back to explore other routes. Trailer parking is limited, would not suggest a large gooseneck trailer, Trailer parking may be difficult on a popular day. Also, a busy road is nearby and would be scary if a horse got loose. I recommend not taking a green or new horse. I went during the week, in the middle of the day. Footing was decent, a few rocky areas, I was able to trot and canter a little. There are mountain bikers doing single tracks and pop up out of no where, my horse did spook a couple times but the mountain biker did stop and was very respectful of my horse. Overall nice views, nice trails will be back 鸞

hiking
29 days ago

Like the other comments showed, the views along this trail aren’t the best. You do travel through a neighborhood but it’s a quiet one. If you’re in the area and looking for a quick afternoon burn, this is a good hike. It’s pretty short but the hills are steep the entire way. In the loop shown by the map, there is some interesting single track worth investigating.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

A great little loop right on the edge of the suburbs with hills, views, a lake and lots of options. Discovery lake is a great jumping off point for a whole series of hikes, but this is a nice, uncrowded loop that gives you a bit of everything - a nice appetizer loop for So Cal hikes! Pro Tip: Park over on Cima (road on upper left of trail) instead of Discovery Lake - lake parking gets slammed, especially on weekends. There is tons of room on the South Side of Cima. If you start here you can go clockwise and do a nice somewhat shaded wooded path over to discovery lake. Top off your water and head up the worst part of the trail (the paved path up to stoneridge way). it's just pretty steep and catches a lot of people off guard when they hit it fresh out of the parking lot. At the top of this climb, turn right up the nice vermiculite path along the back side of the housing community. (you could go left here and follow the path all the way to Discovery Peak.) The trail climbs to a decent overlook with views to the NE of the lake and endless new housing development in San Marcos (as well as lots of hills in the distance and the palomar college P. ) Along this path, one of the neighbors leaves out water for thirsty pets near the top of the climb. You'll note a little sign on the fence. Once you leave the lake there isn't much shade, so keep that in mind.
Once you've walked around the backside of Stoneridge community, you'll head West and into a fairly well traveled rocky single-track path that goes fairly steeply in parts back down to Cima. This is the part of the trail where you'll have wished you wore better shoes. If it does get too gnarly, there is a little offshoot about the first 1/3 of the way down that heads off to the left and down to Via Vera Cruz just above the gate to Stone Canyon. You can take this down and walk sidewalks the rest of the way back down to Cima. If you started from the lake, you can always do a nice cool down lap around the lake. Lots of friendly people and some areas with shade and benches. And if you play it right, the fountain and waterfall and the NW end of the lake could be flowing!

There is a cool little offshoot illustrated on the AllTrails map that goes NW just at the top of the road up from Discovery Lake. Narrow dirt singletrack witih tall brush goes up then down back to the end of Applewilde on the left (steep) or back down to the discovery loop horse trail on the right.

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

walking
2 months ago

It was a nice moderate trail.

hiking
3 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....

Great views and a good challenge on the way up.

hiking
4 months ago

So, hubby, daughter and I have hiked this trail for the last few years, and I would not call this trail "Easy" necessarily. About 3/4 of it is easy, yes. The first 1/3 is pretty flat and a good warm-up. Then, you make the left turn back Southeast up, what I call, the "interval training hill". It's steep, then flat for a bit. Repeat 5-6 times. The top emerges into a gated neighborhood before you walk the ridge behind some homes (with some nicely appointed back yards) and then straight down the hill back to Discovery Lake. Again, I'd not call it "easy", but it's a good training hike for harder hikes.

I really don’t want my view to be houses! Just me.

hiking
4 months ago

What a fun hike!
The Loop can get a bit confusing but having this app helps!

I’ve done every trail on this mountain at least 5 times, if not more. Great hikes with lots of single tracks. Great for everyone and dog owners too.

Ensure you watch out for snakes in the summer months, as they are plentiful but usually not in plain site (off the trails). There have been mountain lion sightings and we saw a large bobcat at night, but I don’t know of any interactions with humans or pets.

Have a blast out here and enjoy. There are a lots of trails and lots to see.

I’ve hiked on this trail with my two dogs and it’s a nice trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Great spot, good elevation in the beginning

good view! don‘t like that there is a street and cars at the top!

Very pretty, peaceful and tons of birds. It’s a flat, paved walking trail, so it’s very easy. A plus is that it is adjacent to another trail which is more moderate- The Double Peak Trail- it has a steep upgrade and some nice views. One drawback of both trails is that they are doing some huge construction nearby, building a new neighborhood. So that really interferes with the overall experience.

it's short, easy, relaxing and beautiful

Good got kids. Both my 3/6 year olds can make the loop from lake

hiking
7 months ago

More residential than hike. And a ton of people. “Hiked” on asphalt and sidewalks. The view from the top is good but there were so many people that the peaceful easy feeling was just not there.

First half is all uphill but the views are gorgeous!

hiking
7 months ago

Great exercise, but I don’t enjoy “hiking” through subdivisions on pavement. Went on a Tuesday morning in January and ran into at least 20 people. No thanks, I’ll pass.

Super easy and clean paved walkway try the hills for a better workout

hiking
7 months ago

Very enjoyable hike. Very well marked and easy to follow. It’s mostly gravel. The beginning is a steep climb up but very manageable. Beautiful views once you get up to the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome view! Great neighborhood.

hiking
8 months ago

Very enjoyable with a great view on top.

loved this trail.

not as rugged or away from everything as I'd like, but challenging and the views are spectacular at the top

Excelente

Great walk.. Will come back again to explore trail more

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