Clevenger Canyon-San Pasqual North Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Clevenger Canyon-San Pasqual North Trail is a 4.6 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.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1463 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
6 days 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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

fun. relaxing great view

6 months ago

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.

backpacking
7 months ago

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7 months ago

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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8 months ago