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Battle Monument Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 216 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
closed
over grown
4 months ago

I gave it 4 because I like the museum you can go to, but the hike itself deserves a three. Its not very challenging and I had to turn back at the very end because the cactus was so thick.

hiking
closed
4 months ago

hiking
over grown
10 months ago

There is a lot of potential here, as the historic site of a significant battle in the Mexican American War. However, my experience was a tale of three unfortunates: 1) There is no easy or allowed (?) access to the trails if the park is not open. There is a smaller dirt pull off and entry to the trail from the west end of Mule Hill. It is over grown, but usable. 2) The trail itself is poorly maintained. There was grass, weeds, and even cacti overgrowing the trail in places. 3) The park is only open on SAT/SUN, presumably to save money. However, the park should find a way to enable people to hike on the trail regardless of if the office/visitor center is open. I am currently a member of the 1st Cavalry Regiment, the unit whose heraldry dates to the 1st Dragoons, who fought this battle under the leadership of Gen. Kearny. I wish I lived closer, because I would gladly volunteer to help revitalize this site and maybe develop some signs to present the events that unfolded here.

Sat Mar 25 2017

I think this one is closed

Sun Apr 17 2016

In poor condition. views of safari park at top.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
Wed Mar 20 2019

hiking
Wed Jul 22 2015