Double Peak Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,026 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

partially paved

views

hiking
1 day ago

Not really a hike but not really a walk either. Great training location with lots of options in side trails and such. My normal route covers about 6 miles.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

I take the shortcut trail going up on the right (west) side, after the housing area and the large water tank. This hike is only about three miles, but is great for getting the legs, heart and lungs pumping because of steep incline.

hiking
29 days ago

This was a great hike. Not too easy, not too hard....just right :-).
A great hike for beginners or intermediate hikers.
This is a great workout hike and could easily be done several times a week.

hiking
29 days ago

This was a great hike. Not too easy, not too hard....just right :-).
A great hike for beginners or intermediate hikers.
This is a great workout hike and could easily be done several times a week.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice steep but smooth hike! Great 360 degree view from the top! Started the hike around 0800 and it was perfect out.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike to burn those calories! I started on the main trail from Discovery Lake through the neighborhood above. Steep to start, but there is a paved road to make it easier. Once past the residential area, the trail gets more rough. I took a few off-the-main-trail paths that got very steep and loose towards the top. There are a few cut-through paths that are challenging and feel like you're getting lost, but you always end up at the top. Great 360 view. You can see the ocean on q clear day. Took less than 2 hours round trip at a brisk pace.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Fun trail, I did the Ridgeline trail to double peak. Will definitely be back to explore other routes. Trailer parking is limited, would not suggest a large gooseneck trailer, Trailer parking may be difficult on a popular day. Also, a busy road is nearby and would be scary if a horse got loose. I recommend not taking a green or new horse. I went during the week, in the middle of the day. Footing was decent, a few rocky areas, I was able to trot and canter a little. There are mountain bikers doing single tracks and pop up out of no where, my horse did spook a couple times but the mountain biker did stop and was very respectful of my horse. Overall nice views, nice trails will be back 鸞

hiking
2 months ago

Like the other comments showed, the views along this trail aren’t the best. You do travel through a neighborhood but it’s a quiet one. If you’re in the area and looking for a quick afternoon burn, this is a good hike. It’s pretty short but the hills are steep the entire way. In the loop shown by the map, there is some interesting single track worth investigating.

hiking
4 months ago

It's a nice local suburban hike with about a 1000' gain on wide, well-marked trails. It gets better once you get to the top of Stoneridge housing development - at the first water tank - and away from the houses. Nice views once you get high enough. Can be somewhat crowded on weekends, but not too bad. Cool that you can get a climb and a view like this without having to drive too far. Nice spanning coastal views on clear days and usually pleasant breezes to cool you off once you hit the top. Cool to hit Double Peak just around sunset.

4 months ago

Too many houses around during some of the trip.
Saw a coyote though so had a good experience. Moderate difficulty.

walking
4 months ago

It was a nice moderate trail.

hiking
5 months ago

It is convenient and nice views from the top. I am not crazy about pavement and looking into people’s yards. So many homes. Prefer to be away from it....

5 months ago

Great views and a good challenge on the way up.

hiking
6 months ago

I really don’t want my view to be houses! Just me.

hiking
6 months ago

What a fun hike!
The Loop can get a bit confusing but having this app helps!

6 months ago

I’ve done every trail on this mountain at least 5 times, if not more. Great hikes with lots of single tracks. Great for everyone and dog owners too.

Ensure you watch out for snakes in the summer months, as they are plentiful but usually not in plain site (off the trails). There have been mountain lion sightings and we saw a large bobcat at night, but I don’t know of any interactions with humans or pets.

Have a blast out here and enjoy. There are a lots of trails and lots to see.

7 months ago

I’ve hiked on this trail with my two dogs and it’s a nice trail!

hiking
7 months ago

Great spot, good elevation in the beginning

8 months ago

good view! don‘t like that there is a street and cars at the top!

8 months ago

Good got kids. Both my 3/6 year olds can make the loop from lake

hiking
9 months ago

More residential than hike. And a ton of people. “Hiked” on asphalt and sidewalks. The view from the top is good but there were so many people that the peaceful easy feeling was just not there.

9 months ago

First half is all uphill but the views are gorgeous!

hiking
9 months ago

Great exercise, but I don’t enjoy “hiking” through subdivisions on pavement. Went on a Tuesday morning in January and ran into at least 20 people. No thanks, I’ll pass.

hiking
9 months ago

Very enjoyable hike. Very well marked and easy to follow. It’s mostly gravel. The beginning is a steep climb up but very manageable. Beautiful views once you get up to the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome view! Great neighborhood.

hiking
10 months ago

Very enjoyable with a great view on top.

10 months ago

loved this trail.

11 months ago

not as rugged or away from everything as I'd like, but challenging and the views are spectacular at the top

11 months ago

Excelente

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