Clevenger Canyon-San Pasqual North Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews
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Clevenger Canyon-San Pasqual North Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
1,345 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


over grown

no shade

The North Trail crosses the lush riparian ribbon of Santa Ysabel Creek in the canyon bottom and then more rugged terrain on the slopes. The original 10-mile trail is overgrown with vegetation and not well-defined past a certain point, so hikers are advised to turn back when the trail is no longer easily visible. This hike is about 5 miles east of the Wild Animal Park directly off the 78 Hwy. You start off heading down to a creek and then up up up to great views of the surrounding mountains and orange groves. There isn't a lot of shade on the trail, so it's suggested to do this on a cool day or start early with plenty of water and sunscreen. While the trail is well maintained and easy to navigate, there are some parts with a drop to one side. Be careful taking kids and dogs on this one.

trail running
8 months ago

went with a friend to trail run. the location was overgrown and with an unkept trail throughout. thankful for long pants and gaiters though. maybe one day we'll return after someone posts the conditions are different. headed to the south trail to finish off.

8 months ago

Saturday, 12/23/2017 we hiked this up to about 4.18 miles to the Peak but we were unable to locate a Peak Log, like the South Trail. The last mile was full of bushwhacking to the Peak. The majority of the trail were well maintained, especially the rocks for stepping or stairs-like! Lots of graffiti markers with numbers, names i.e., Thelma & Louise) on massive boulders. The view of San Pasqual Valley citrus field was breathtaking. Total 7.34 RT mileage and 1,901 ft. elevation gains!

11 months ago

We did this hike on a mid October morning and it was pretty underwhelming. The trail is fairly overgrown with brush so if you don’t like grasses/brush on your legs as you walk be sure to wear long pants. The view from the top was pretty cool but the hike up was nothing to write home about. There are definitely more interesting hikes in the area than this one.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I went to this North trail several years ago, long trails to the top, very hot and dry, bring tons of water. I revisited it this year in February, it was full of broken glass and beer cans at the beginning, so my dog and I found another way down, past an old dead mountain goat. sad. The trail disappeared after a mile, so we backtracked and went to South Clevenger. Much better experience!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Friday, August 04, 2017

This trail is intense. First off, it isn't very aesthetically pleasing. Tons of graffiti all over the place. In addition, it isn't maintained so there's a lot of overgrowth. You have to wear pants or your legs will get torn up. In addition, there's not a lot of shade. Trail is pretty narrow and you have to keep focused on where you are stepping for most of the hike. If you have animals, don't bring them lol. On a positive note, the view from at the top of the mountain is pretty cool. I always bring binoculars and spend time just looking around. This peak is perfect for that. Saw a few hawks, crows, and buzzards.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tried to take our Dog's. Trail was too rugged and full of broken glass and graffiti at the beginning. Maybe it was nicer down below but we turned around and left. Kind of a Turn-off. This trail needs some work.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

fun. relaxing great view

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pretty area and lightly trafficked. At least on the north track, beware that vegetation has grown over the trail for long stretches. Long pants recommended if you attempt.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Great hike. Beautiful location and strenuous but doable out and back.
My only knock is the trail condition; after all the rain we received this winter in SoCal, the trail was very rough in spots.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fun hike

Monday, October 24, 2016

Despite using the guide on the Modern Hiker website, I lost the trail a bit over a mile in and couldn't find it again as it became pretty overgrown. Met some others on the way who were pretty lost as well. Wear long pants as it's pretty easy to get scratched up!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Great hike! The trail was kind of hard to find sometimes, I had to use my phone GPS to make sure I stayed on track. Not too busy though.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Beast of a trail. Great mountain hike. Awesome views from the top! Bring alot of water for the way up.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Great trail for a conditioning hike. Not too difficult at all. I started at 0600 and logged almost 5 miles on this trail. went up quickly and then walked and ran my way down. Great views of the valley and of the South Trail just across the hwy. I hiked the South Trail last week and being able to see the trail and the ridge from the opposite side gives you a bit of perspective of where you were and where you traveled to and from.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Road noise takes away from the solitude, however the views were good. I recommend it for anyone trying to be alone. There is much to explore and would like to do it again in the fall or winter.

Friday, July 08, 2016

We love this hiking trail !

Sunday, June 12, 2016

My family and I loved this trail. We loved being surrounded by nature and the amazing views

Monday, May 30, 2016

Went early AM, the trail was very much full of dew, which made for a fresh, crisp hike! My concerns are the graffiti on rocks, broken bottles and beer cans lying around; you can tell that many undesirables visit the place from time to time. Once you get deeper into the trail, it's amazing, the wildlife and animals you'll see make the hike worth it! Justa heads up, wear pants, the trail is a bit on the wild side, so you will make frequent contact with plants during your hike.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Loved the trail, the scenery, the birds, and all the desert wildflowers. If you like sidewalks, this trail is not for you. Wear pants, and you'll enjoy the views. Totally worth the drive.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

definitely not a maintained trail. the wildflowers were everywhere though, a very pretty hike. the chairs at the end is what kept us motivated!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

fun challenging hike! a few parts of the trail could be better marked. highly recommend.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Strenuous hike up there, but is good! Make sure you use the all trails hiking map of this hike when you do it because my dad and I got lost off the trail for about 30 minutes. The map is very helpful because with all the switchbacks and very little signs it is easy to go off. There are many other "trails" that look like the correct trail when you come to some areas. With the trail map on here the gps will guide you perfectly to the top

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Solid hike. Very challenging getting up the mountain. Very pretty. The rain has washed out some of the smooth trail do be careful. Nice breeze. Bring water.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Great trail; would recommend. Entrance is right off the 78 a few miles east of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Parking is directly on the side of the road. You start off downhill going down to the bottom of the ravine and then zig zag your way all the way up. My walk tracking app said we did about 1612 ft in elevation. There were a few spots we had to jump over because of water erosion, some quite steep climbs on somewhat loose gravel and a few spots where the trail was tricky to find. We went on a Saturday and only ran into about three other hikers - so not a crowded spot. Overall, a challenging hike and the view from the top is spectacular. Highly recommend getting to the lookout point if you can make it!

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Good cardio, nice views

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Great views and just the right amount of pumps. A great cardio workout. Wear long pants, I got a little scratched up on the trails.

Monday, January 26, 2015

I'm surprised to see this trail reviewed so poorly on this site. The hike offers a really nice pace that balances a moderate workout with great views. The only downside is the graffiti on some rocks (mainly at the start of the trail).

Monday, August 11, 2014

This trail is not joke. not for the newbie, if u wana work check it out. but go right at the rock half way up market with a green and white DP letters, DO NOT GO LEFT!!! OH GOD!! You will regret it. lmao but a good trail none the less.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

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