Cougar Ridge to Engelmann Oak Trail

MODERATE 88 reviews
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Cougar Ridge to Engelmann Oak Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately 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.

7.2 miles
1040 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


old growth

6 days ago

Great Trail lots of options to choose your distance!!!

7 days ago

Nice trail. Definitely I will return to take side trails. Be careful, there are a lot of rattlesnakes! However, as elsewhere on such trails in California.

21 days ago

Plain and simple... a must do. Can't wait to return to this loop for the fall when the rain starts!

27 days ago

Nice loop. You have options on directions as well as some side trails so not likely to get boring if you repeat. Great views. Bikers were considerate and trails wide enough to accommodate all.

3 months ago

nice loop, shade under trees but the trail opens up nicely for great views

5 months ago

5 months ago

Lots of up and downs and great options to keep going. Lots of bike riders but they were very considerate of hikers. We did see a snake on the trail so keep an eye out!

5 months ago

great views

6 months ago

Nice little workout with up and down hills, pretty views. Only saw a few mountain bikers and other hikers - mostly people with dogs.

8 months ago

Great hike for my first one back. Ran into a fellow east coaster which made it even better

10 months ago

My favorite North County Trail (so far). Many side trails to explore/add mileage. Some healthy climbs, but not so many as to not enjoy the hike. Great wide-open spaces after initial climbs.

11 months ago

Great hike, jogged/walked it in 2 hours. Suggest going earlier morning before marine layer goes away, it got hot about 930. Over all great experience.

11 months ago

Wow that's awesome

mountain biking
Friday, May 26, 2017

We really liked the diversity of this trail. There were a couple of really steep climbs on some connecting trails and one that could not be ridden, but we enjoyed the views they afforded us. Stick to Cougar if you just want to take it easy, explore the other trails if you want a little more challenging but doable riding.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great hike. There are parts that are steep, and others that are more level, making it a good all around hike. You also get to see different types, especially if you take the Engleman Oak trail off Cougar Ridge. There are a bunch of side trails and loops further along at the end of the ridge trail so you can spend all day there. Dogs are welcome. After the recent rains there is definitely some trail erosion but there is also more ponds, creeks and frogs that aren't usually there.

Friday, April 07, 2017

The first mile+ is a pretty good climb. Probably pretty tough for a young hiker

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Good trail

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tried hiking the trail, but a rattlesnake blocked the path in the beginning so we turned around. Stay safe!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Very pleasant day. Ended up with 9.5 miles by the time we included Boulder Loop which we highly recommend. Varied terrain and views throughout. Some open meadow, some tree covered, shady trail. Reminds us a bit of certain sections on So Cal PCT. Nice combination of elevations. Not a difficult hike but a very nice workout. Would do it again.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

If you're looking for a good workout, this would be it. Following close to the suggested route, there were plenty of uphill stretches that help with a bit of cardio, and even more so on a bike. You climb up high enough to get some decent views to the west and south, then when you get to the shelter at Boulder Loop trail you get an eastern view. (and today I got shelter from a sudden downpour) As you loop around to the north of Burnt Mountain, you get several views to the north. Then you give back all of that elevation gain on a descent to the trailhead. There's varied terrain to be seen, including oak groves, ridge trails and mountain meadows, There's also several geocaches waiting to be found.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Awosome trail

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Moderate hike with lovely views! The road getting to the starting point can be rough, but the trail is definitely worth it. There are several trails to choose from, and most are frequented by bikers. Saw lots of deer tracks and a coyote as well.

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