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Boulder Loop Trail

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Daley Ranch

Boulder Loop Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 708 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
12 days ago

Parking lot is busy, but the trail itself is not. Very wide trail, lots of space for mountain bikers and hikers to cross easily. Very easy hike, lots of pretty scenery and wildflowers!

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13 days ago

Fun little loop. I go with the family often. Very little foot traffic, and rare to see non-hikers.

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20 days ago

about .75 miles from the parking lot you will see the entrance marked "Dangerous Trail Conditions". The 1st section is steep and with ruts. I think dangerous because of the mountain bikes coming the other way. Once past the steep area it levels out with beautiful scenery. The boulders are unique and huge. I did machinery. They are widening the trail, also cougar ridge. I think its a good idea because of mountain bikes and it is easier to see rattlers. They remove rocks also. Once you get to the Gazebo, you can venture down Cougar Ridge trail for a farther hike, or continue down to finish the loop. About 4 miles round trip. My new favorite hike in Daley Ranch.

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bugs
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hilly, nice trail. No place to sit and rest until over half way through. Very scenic. Wildflowers were beginning to bloom.

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1 month ago

In the process of “fixing” the trail they’ve made it 2-3x it’s previous size, it’s practically a fire access road. I’m not sure if they are done yet but it’s a hot mess. Used to be nicer, maybe not worth it anymore.

hiking
4 months ago

cant do after dark u will be asked to leave...

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no shade
4 months ago

My first hike this year and I intend to do all of the trails at Dixon lake “Daley Ranch.” There is a few people today and there are no clouds but the cool February weather is perfect for a quick hike.

5 months ago

Fairly easy trail with one steep section and otherwise tops out flat for some extraordinary views of Escondido plus lovely Joshua Tree like golden boulders that dot the landscape. Lots of birds in the area plus amazing native plants with good signage. The trail is well marked, which is another perk. Takes less than two hours to complete.

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no shade
5 months ago

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muddy
6 months ago

Nice quick trail with one challenging incline followed by a relatively flat or downhill finish. There were two or three large pools of water, which I imagine only get worse after it rains.

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6 months ago

Nice trail; Nice area. You can hike for miles if you wish.

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6 months ago

up up up but worth great views muddy after rainfall some coyotes all in all a good heart pounder

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6 months ago

Great trail!!

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bugs
muddy
6 months ago

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7 months ago

Nice hike through mostly boulder surroundings. I climbed one to have a snack and mediate. Only one part has good city views. I was hoping to get a better view further into the hike but never really did. Would be a good hike for kids as there are a lot of boulders to climb along the path but a tad too long.....at least for my kiddos.

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9 months ago

Took our 3 boys who are 7,7, and 9. It was longer than they cared for but was good for them. I would love to do it again as a family hike.

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9 months ago

Nice hike even in the summer! Can’t wait to do it again when everything is green.

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bugs
no shade
Wed Jun 12 2019

This trail is probably a lot of fun to run up hill of you're in good shape. I'm getting there so I ran part of it and as long as you pace yourself, it's a fun hike/run. I saw two rattlers and many, many flies. I did it in about an hour and a half because I stopped to take a lot of pictures.

Sat Jun 08 2019

Nice Hike!

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Tue Jun 04 2019

Niiiiiiiiiice.

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Sat Jun 01 2019

The is still really green and has plenty of wild flowers. There are some great canyon and mountain views. Well worth the trip!

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Sun Mar 31 2019

Love this trail early morning hike is the best!

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no shade
Sat Feb 23 2019

A couple of steep sections near the beginning is followed by easy, pleasant hiking through boulder strewn landscape. There is a scenic lookout at the top. If the parking lot is full, there is a $5 lot adjacent to it.

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Sun Nov 25 2018

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

Sat Nov 24 2018

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

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Sun Nov 04 2018

Fun hike with some great inclines!

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Sat Jun 16 2018

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

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