Doane Valley Loop Trail

EASY 28 reviews

Doane Valley Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Aguanga, California that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

wild flowers

no dogs

This easy trail offers you an opportunity to relax and enjoy one of California's finest natural outdoor areas. The Doane Valley Nature Trail is a great place to see the wide variety of plants that grow in this region and to learn about their characteristics, their habitats, and the many ways they have been used by people over time. Most of the trail is an easy walk. However, there are two stream crossings and a few steep areas. Remember to be safe, and leave any plants or animals you see for the next person to enjoy.

walking
1 hour ago

FYI This is in the State Park which charges $10 for day use. The trails were a wee bit confusing but we're new to this so it was probably user error. Pretty, shady, and tranquil on the "tree" side, but a bit warm on the "meadow" side. We saw wild turkeys which was a real treat! Went to the observatory after. It's only 5 miles. It's a must see!

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This park is absolutely beautiful. There are a lot of gorgeous hiking options and a campground. However, I can't write a review without mentioning the fact that, at the time of my visit, in late June, the sheer number of flies in the area made the hike absolutely unbearable. I could've hiked this beautiful place for hours but left after one. I have never seen anything like it. I will definitely be back once I know they are gone.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little trail. I did it with my family. A 14 year old daughter. Wasn't too hard and had some nice views. Not much elevation. If you're looking for an easier hike that most everyone can do this is it.

walking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful! Little maneuvering off road, but the trail heads are conveniently placed.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Started from the Doane Valley campground and hiked out to the Weir, then finished this trail. Sun was shining, ran into some downed trees from recent storms, and some snow. Couldn't have asked for a better hike!

8 months ago

The woodsy part of the trail was okay, but the open areas were better. Lots of huge, tall trees and easy hiking. Worked out best for the final hike of the day.

9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

A very easy trail with lots of photo opportunities. I recommend adding the French Valley Trail into the loop if you want a little longer route.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a beautiful trail! Heavily wooded and shaded, with a big meadow right in the middle. Some of the trees were absolutely massive, quite obviously very old. Saw tons of birds. Only a couple other people on the trail, too. Really felt like we were in nature. The drive up from San Diego was scenic in its own right -- you get extremely high elevation getting here. Perfect hike to kick off the fall season.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

walking
Friday, May 20, 2016

Nice quick trail. Beautiful views!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

hiking
Monday, February 29, 2016

A great family hike to an awesome lunch spot. The hike along the Weir Trail is such a departure from the normal SOCAL hike - tall pines and old oaks give such a sense of peace and tranquility. Loved this hike. And the pond at the end is a great lunch location to allow for exploration and rest.