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Discovery Lake and Hills Loop

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Lakeview Park

Discovery Lake and Hills Loop is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, 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.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips

road biking


bird watching




partially paved


wild flowers

5 days ago

Did the ridgeline this time, beautiful views.

Nice place for an easy stroll with family (15-20min) or a flat terrain to jog (5-10min). Stay on the lower trails or else you will be hiking up to double peak. This trail has hardly any elevation. Been coming here for a few years and the trial is always clean. Finding parking in the small lot varies by what time you come.

very good trail. looped around it a couple times. very dog friendly and has paved area and on some parts a dirt area. there is also a park right next to it.

2 months ago

Was open as of yesterday. A lot of people there 5-6pm, around 50% without masks FYI if that matters to you. Love this place.

2 months ago

Just checking... is this trail still open and if so when does the park open/close for hiking?

3 months ago

Plus bonus lake loop :) lots of ppl out but mostly just on the bigger wider parts of the trail

3 months ago

Too many people

7 months ago

We went in the middle of the day and dang it was too hot to handle LOL. We only made it halfway up the hill. Directions there were a bit confusing, but we figured it out, basically in the middle of neighborhood. Lots of families having fun.

8 months ago

Walked this today with my niece and dog. We all enjoyed it. I like that you can make it as easy or hard as you want with the trails off of the lake loop.

9 months ago

Love this place! The scenery is so beautiful to look at!

9 months ago

Really pretty hike around Lake. Easy but you can veer off onto other trails that would be more difficult with inclines. Great with kids and dogs. Very relaxing atmosphere.

Fri Jul 05 2019

Very well maintained trail. Couldn't find the loop up at Double Peak summit. Returned on steep trail west side of summit. Walked extra short trail around lake at bottom of trail. Very nice!

Sat Jun 22 2019

A pleasant little walk. We went on a June gloom weekend and of course it was very crowded. I would like to go back during the week when the sun is shining and fewer people are about.

Mon Jun 03 2019

i love this place, it has other trails and a very relaxing atmosphere. there is a fountain for the kids next to the playground and i bring my 5 yr old to ride her bike or walk a few laps. today we did one lap.

Sat Apr 27 2019

easy trail, variety of trails, very busy during the weekend along the lake, limited parking ( parking available on the side of the road), dog friendly ( must be on leash), great for bike riding, small playground for children. Overall place was nice.

Sat Mar 16 2019

Very busy place. Great short walk to do with your kids and pets (on leash). Cute park for kids to play after!

Mon Feb 18 2019

Lots of choose your own hike adventure options around here. Nice easy loop around the lake and we went further up on Cima trail. Was a bit washed out due to recent rain, but nothing too bad and easy to handle.

Sun Jan 27 2019

This is one of my favorite places to go when I need to get out of the house but still feel as if I am escaping the town and busyness. It’s serene. There are a great amount of activities that you can do here! 10/10 recommend for people with children and/or dogs. Also lots of wildlife!

bird watching
Sat Mar 17 2018

Very pretty, peaceful and tons of birds. It’s a flat, paved walking trail, so it’s very easy. A plus is that it is adjacent to another trail which is more moderate- The Double Peak Trail- it has a steep upgrade and some nice views. One drawback of both trails is that they are doing some huge construction nearby, building a new neighborhood. So that really interferes with the overall experience.

Sat Mar 10 2018

it's short, easy, relaxing and beautiful

Sat Jan 27 2018

Super easy and clean paved walkway try the hills for a better workout

Mon Nov 13 2017

Family Friendly. Super chill. Trail is closest to the lake that wraps around. Several detour trails but the one closest to the lake is kid friendly and stroller friendly.

Sun Nov 12 2017

Great spot for bike riding. trails are all paved. Has nice scenery and a playground.

Sun Oct 08 2017

Nice walking trail around the lake

Sun Sep 24 2017

A beautiful day to take a short walk. Nothing really to share about this place to entice you to make a drive here.

Mon Jul 10 2017

Nice. Tried this as a getaway to think or relax. Liked the scenery.

Thu Jun 22 2017

great trail at sunset. tons of birds and beautiful path. bring bread to feed the ducks

Mon Apr 24 2017

Good hike for strollers!!!

Sat Apr 15 2017

I use a walker, so it was very nice to have a pleasant paved level path to travel. I liked the dog bag stations but was disappointed that there were no cans for bag disposal next to them. The bathroom door did not lock, fortunately someone was with me to watch the door. I loved hearing the bullfrog and other nature sounds near by. Good distance around near the lake.

Great trail for families, stroller friendly.

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