Daley Ranch

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Daley Ranch is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1256 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wildlife

Daley Ranch is a 3,058-acre conservation area acquired in 1996 by the City of Escondido and is managed in perpetuity for the preservation of a biologically unique and diverse habitat area of regional importance. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities and experiences in a historically significant setting. The property contains a number of natural vegetation communities including lush oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grasslands, and riparian areas. Approximately 1.5 miles from the La Honda entry is the redwood ranch house (currently a private caretaker's residence), redwood barn, and numerous outbuildings of historical interest. Daley Ranch offers over 20 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Six distinct trails cover most of the property. Most popular are the Boulder Loop Trail (2.4 miles) which affords outstanding views of Escondido, and the Ranch House Loop (2.5 miles), which passes two small ponds and the site of Daley's original log cabin. Since private motorized vehicles are not permitted within Daley Ranch, the City sponsors a free shuttle service, which runs every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shuttle picks up passengers at the La Honda Drive entrance gate on the half-hour and on the hour, and picks up passengers at the Ranch House for the return trip on the quarter hour. The shuttle van is wheelchair accessible.

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12 days ago

PICK UP YOUR DOG SHIT! Other than all of the shit along the way, it was nice. Not too strenuous.

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18 days ago

Correction in the AllTrails.com description: the shuttle now longer operates but there is no need for one. The trail starts right at the entrance of the park.
Even on a Sunday it was very tranquil. We crossed more people Mountain biking than hikers. The Trails are pretty clearly marked. It wasn't a difficult walk. I'm not sure but I think that they charge $5 to park in the parking lot. The views are very nice.

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21 days ago

I love this area. I feel fortunate that I live so close by. The boulder loop trail is really good. I don't think it's crowded at all. Maps are available at the trailhead. Take one! I was lost out there one eve. Thankfully there was cell reception and I was able to navigate my way out.

21 days ago

I love this place. 27 miles of trails with lots of variation. Some areas are pretty exposed to the sun so early mornings are best.

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1 month ago

Boulder loop clockwise. Great for the legs! Some shade, lots of rocks/ruts. Okay with tennis shoes but better to have hiking/trail shoes. Very light traffic, once on the dirt trail only saw three other hikers and a biker.

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2 months ago

It is a great trail lots of different hills different terrain very very clean well maintained we will do again