Del Dios Gorge Trail is a 10.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length10.4 miElevation gain757 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingWalkingRunningLakeRiver
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Richard Pence
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Andrea Chagolla
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KJ just because D
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Sun _Walker B
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HikingGreat!

Very cool trail. Single track in some areas, service road wide in others. A lot of mountain bikers. Everyone respecting social distance and wearing masks...A great variety of things to see on the trail. The lake, a very cute wood carving project, the dam, a waterfall, some sculptures....too fun. Will be back another time. Always love to visit this area, great food after also.

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Travis Smith
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Scott Miller
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Robert Gipson
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Nicolette Holloway
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No bathrooms!!

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coy tully
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Carrie Kawanaka
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I love all the trails surrounding Lake Hodges, just wish all the mountain bikers would announce their need to pass or have bells. Many of them buzz up and try to pass at fast speeds with no warning making it difficult to hike without looking over your shoulder every five seconds trying to avoid accidents.

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Laura L.
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Beautiful trail to do walking or biking. Good for children as well!!!

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Al Kocka
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Dan Foncello
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Garrett Gibo
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Jeff Haslitt
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Shannon Smith
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Todd Sieber
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Mountain biking

Nice trail. Little warm today.

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Viviana Bell
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Very good hike and easy to follow. Little to no shade. Great view of the lake and dam. The trail was well maintained and it’s easy to stay on trail. A few bikers.

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Robert Dominguez
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I don’t recommend this for hikers. Today, it was about 20 bikers to every hiker. The bikers don’t yield or slow down. Several almost hit my dog. Find a better trail.

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cristal villa
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Srinivas Seelam
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This hike is more for bikers

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Andrea Hidalgo
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Although not a tough hike, I did enjoy it. You’re surrounded by water majority of the hike. A few hills here and there but nothing terrible. I turned around at mile 4 because the sun started to beat down on me and I felt going deeper into the brush wasn’t going to yield anything real exciting. The beginning of the hike had a lot of dog walkers, none of which were on leashes and I had 2 dogs (1 being a German Shepard) come running around a bend toward me. About 10 seconds later the owner caught up to tell me they won’t bike. I love animals but have been attacked by a dog when I was younger requiring an ambulance and hospital visit....I would like to feel safe there and have people follow the signs alerting that dogs MUST be on a leash.

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Jorge Orozco
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Suzanne Schaffner
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Nice and easy stroll lots of nice scenery

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Malcolm Shaw
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Nice walk towards the launch ramp.

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Malcolm Shaw
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One of the nicest places in the country.

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Malcolm Shaw
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Hot outside, saw a gnarly rattlesnake.

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