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Discovery Lake and Hills Loop

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Discovery Lake and Hills Loop is a 0.8 mile moderately 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

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

1 month 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.

3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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
Saturday, March 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.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

it's short, easy, relaxing and beautiful

Saturday, January 27, 2018

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

Monday, November 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.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Nice walking trail around the lake

Sunday, September 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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Good hike for strollers!!!

Saturday, April 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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great trail for families, stroller friendly.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Great views.. it's a good place to take your family.. it is a really easy trail.. if your beginning this trail is for you.. It's a all paved..but it gives u a great feel for nature

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Great flat trail for an easy walk AND there's an option to do a steep climb too. Its paved too which makes it great for wheelchairs

Tuesday, February 09, 2016


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fun little hidden trail. Took he kids in a double jogger and had no issues, most of the trail is paved! Fed the ducks and saw all sorts of birds, lizards and butterflies, we even logged in a cache!! Super clean place.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Did the trail with my 2 year old in his stroller. Perfect for a family trail walk and finish with feeding the birds on the lake! Awesome day on the trail!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pleasant little lake to bring the family, take a walk, feed the ducks.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

This is a good hiking for a starter. By the end of this hike I was ready for more.

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