Coast to Crest Trail at Lake Hodges

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Coast to Crest Trail at Lake Hodges is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

7.5 miles
301 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running





wild flowers


21 days ago

love it!

6 months ago

super easy, just go early in the morning or in the evening as it can get pretty warm.

7 months ago

Easy, and kid friendly! We got to see small lobsters and enjoyed a patch of shade at the Felicita Creek! Bring sunblock and more water than you think you'll need at least 2 liters per person. My recording stopped along the way but we started at the Sikes Adobe Staging Area... Happy Hiking!

trail running
7 months ago

Nice place for trail running, as the trail is wide and relatively flat. Wish there was more shade. Close to the freeway, which is convenient, but creates some noise. If you wear headphones, you won't even notice. Dog friendly:)

9 months ago

Nice easy hike! The trail was dog friendly but there were a lot of red ants so I would not suggest bringing your dog.

10 months ago

Very nice, wide, well maintained trail...however, there is very little incline and almost no shade past the first mile.
There are tons of mountain bikers on this particular trail going very fast.
Wildflowers are in full-bloom and the water level is much higher than normal. I took so many pictures and posted a few on here.

11 months ago

Nice walk. Pretty view. Too many bikers for a relaxing walk. Lots of freeway noise too if you are someone looking for a quiet, peaceful environment.

11 months ago

Easy hike with breathtaking views of Lake Hodges and the dam!

Monday, January 02, 2017

This was a lovely trail, very easy to walk and the lake was beautiful to sit and eat lunch next to.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Great trail - super hot! Not too much shade but has a great views.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Awesome! The dogs got overheated so we had to carry them

Monday, June 13, 2016

really nice trail

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

This is a very fun trail and so far one of my favorites. The coast to crest trail can be linked to del dios gorge trail and santa fe valley trail. While there are a couple of technical sections on the Lake Hodges trail, but nothing overly difficult, overall this trail flows well and is very fun and is a great ride for all levels.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

really nice hike.....cactus were all in bloom and trail was nice and wide. view of the lake made it very easy to hike 6 miles!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Always fun to try new trails in North County. This was a pleasant surprise. Moderate level hike is an accurate assessment. Well marked trail, nice scenery along the way, so did not get bored. Plan on hiking it again soon.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Fun! Beautiful spring flowers.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Good mountain bike trail, was easy.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nice out and back run.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 25, 2014

pretty boring. mostly fire roads until you cross the rusted iron pedstrian bridge.

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