Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

MODERATE 217 reviews
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Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
839 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

lake

views

rocky

Great hike just off the I-15 in Escondido. Hike past Lake Hodges and up a mountain for views of the surrounding area. This trail is part of a network of trails from Coast to Crest so you can hike as long or as short as you'd like.

hiking
8 days ago

Loved it! It was a great afternoon. The dog loved it, too. The trail is narrow in some areas so single file hiking. And if there’s a bike it’s tight.

For those who consider this “easy”.... perhaps Mt Fuji would be more appropriate for you.

25 days ago

Beautiful Views at the top!

1 month ago

Easy to moderate I would say. Not much to see until you get to the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

My 6 yr. old and I did this trail not to long ago and had a great time. Great views from the peak.

1 month ago

Too many snakes on trail. Yikes!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views from top, a few moderate inclines. Dog friendly on leash.

2 months ago

I would say this trail is easy to moderate. pretty flat for a majority of the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike to the top. I’m in love with the view from the summit.

hiking
5 months ago

We'll traveled and comfortable enough to hike alone.
I climbed on Saturday, August 26th. About 10:30 am I left my trekking poles leaning against the wooden fence posts inside the parking lot, near the design sign of the park. Anyone find them? I just now realized they are missing. Thanks in advance.

trail running
6 months ago

I really enjoy running this trail from Rancho Bernardo Glassman Recreation Center, across the bridge and up the mountain. Exactly 7 miles round trip. Rocky and steep at times, but beautiful view at the top!

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic!! Hiked it on 12aug17

hiking
6 months ago

A nice clean well maintained trail. Part paved, part sand/dirt, and part rock & gravel towards the top. Popular for mountain bikes until you reach the summit turn off. 360 view from the top of Lake Hodges and Escondido. The hum of the 15 traffic is constant.

hiking
7 months ago

The hardest part was getting to the right trail. We hiked a wrong direction for a mile when we started..... Glad I had the AllTrails app on. Once incline starts, it gets fairly rocky and steep but we (me and 6 yr old son) made it and the view from the top was awesome! On a side note, this may not be a best hike for younger kids like my son. It really isn't so pretty on the way up you can't really see great views. We've tried Woodson and Cowles I'd say this one was unique.

hiking
7 months ago

Not very pretty while you are climbing, but the view at the top is really great.

You can run this trail if you want to make it a little tougher. Mind the rocks because they are ankle killers.

trail running
7 months ago

The lower trial is soft and wide, great running conditions. Once the incline begins, it gets pretty rocky at several spots but still run-able. Excellent 360 view at summit. Well worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

great view of the lake, not too crowded today

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Well kept. Easy until you start approaching the top, then it's pretty steep. Low traffic once you start up the summit trail. A bit too urban is the only complaint, but an undeniably beautiful view.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike. Well maintained trail

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