Daley Ranch Loop

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Daley Ranch Loop is a 10.2 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
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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. $5 to park For more information about the park entrances: http://daleyranch.org/explore/entrances-driving-directions/

7 days ago

This is one of the best trails in San Diego county. It has so many variations and challenging trails for all levels. I haven’t found another trail that matches its intensity and the sights and sounds are a real payoff

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was a good time. Overall there are so many different paths that you can take which is nice. This will allow you to make the hike as long and challenging as you would like. We ended up going about 11 miles and started the hike around 7am. We really enjoyed being there early and seeing the "earth wake up", with lots of spiderwebs covered in dew, fog over the lake, and much more. Make sure to watch out for mountain bikers, they are all over the place, and you cannot always hear them coming around the corner.

2 months ago

Awesome hike started early . Got to see the change in life from morning dew to midday song birds and the cool shade of the oak trees. We did 10.1 miles but had trouble with recording. Phone lost service. Anyhow enjoy it grab a map at trail entrance and use AllTrails to guide you there’s a lot of side trails to enjoy just be careful there some good rutts

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is pretty narrow the majority of the way so be cautious of bikers. It’s a very fast trail for bikes and not a lot of visibility for them to notice you and slow down in time.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike! Levels out a lot! I went at 0830, finished at 1230... 0630 start time would be best!

3 months ago

A beautiful gem right in North County. there are so many variations and places to explore. Great indigenous flora and fauna. Great for hiking, horses, mountain bike too.

3 months ago

Great for all type of hikers. Easy to moderate.

3 months ago

Great hike!! The first of many with my 7 year old son!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Daley Ranch is a decent place to hike if you're desperate, however the views are not very rewarding.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great ride. Good single track. Gong back tomorrow.

4 months ago

Great trails for an easy hike or moderate run. Always nice to relax in the shaded picnic areas afterwards.

4 months ago

Lots of variations here as there are so many trails.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Correction in the AllTrails.com description: the shuttle no 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.

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Love Daley Ranch and all the trails there, would go there everyday if I could

7 months ago

w2 22nd 22nd 23w

hiking
7 months ago

Crest, Bobcat and Burnt Mountain are awesome trails!

mountain biking
10 months ago

Solid trail with great variety of climbs.

hiking
10 months ago

Good hike!

hiking
10 months 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.

10 months ago

Great trails without a lot of people and no development.

hiking
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Loved this hike, I will definitely do this again.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

A convenient and beautiful hike in Escondido. There are so many trails you can easily make it longer.

Monday, April 10, 2017

we had a great time. nice views. did slip on so.e of the down hill areas but overall great time.

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