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
1538 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.

hiking
3 days ago

mountain biking
4 days ago

Solid trail with great variety of climbs.

mountain biking
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Good hike!

hiking
11 days ago

These trails have a lot of climb to them. As someone who regularly has been hiking (2-3 times a week)..
After you get done being butchered by the climbs it opens up to very beautiful sights. Worth the effort, imho. Even in the high heat - the cool breeze kept me chuckling along the trails for hours! Highly recommend.

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walking
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hiking
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18 days ago

Great trails without a lot of people and no development.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Nice easy hike. Elevation gain is minimal unless you decide to hike up Stanley Peak.

mountain biking
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hiking
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hiking
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1 month ago

Beautiful scenery and well maintained trails. And he bathrooms near the ranch house were immaculate!