Cougar Ridge to Engelmann Oak Trail is a 7.3 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.
dogs on leash
The first mile+ is a pretty good climb. Probably pretty tough for a young hiker
Tried hiking the trail, but a rattlesnake blocked the path in the beginning so we turned around. Stay safe!
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.