Double Peak Trail

MODERATE 461 reviews
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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
1026 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

hiking
14 days 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....

22 days ago

Great views and a good challenge on the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Great spot, good elevation in the beginning

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

First half is all uphill but the views are gorgeous!

hiking
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

Awesome view! Great neighborhood.

hiking
5 months ago

Very enjoyable with a great view on top.

5 months ago

loved this trail.

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Excelente

6 months ago

Great walk.. Will come back again to explore trail more

hiking
7 months ago

Great view, wonderful trails, lots of places to wander. Not too strenuous in my opinion, and the trail seems to be well maintained. Seems also like a good place to mountain bike.

The view from the top is exceptional.

Here is an overview video of the trails:
https://youtu.be/uKxIALzzi_U

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views. The entire trail can be accessed by car. Steep grade, excellent workout. Ok for kids and dogs.

Took us 90 min walking at steady pace

hiking
7 months ago

It’s a pretty fun hike. I’m not super excited that it literally can be accessed by vehicles at the top and that you wind through track home communities, but even with that being said the trail is relatively steep and a good workout. I really like the off shoot trails on the backside. More single track with rough terrain to negotiate. Took me an hour and 5 minutes to go up and 35 to come down. Take as many of the alternate harder routes as you can if you like to work a little more!

7 months ago

Amazing trail!!

7 months ago

Great hike!!

hiking
8 months ago

Very clean path, very wide and well-maintained. It is nearly all steep uphill on the way up so you will get back down the hill very fast (in case you're planning to go at sunset and don't want to be in the dark). Very nice views allow you to see how far up you've climbed. Good cardiovascular workout. (For reference, I am mid-forties and carrying 10 extra pounds of pudge! :-)) Lots of friendly people along the way. I went with a group of four, but would feel very safe alone too. Brought 20 oz water and could have used a little more; it was a very warm October day. There is water at the top, thankfully!

hiking
8 months ago

Perfect hike to challenge yourself!

hiking
8 months ago

My 13 yo son and I do this quite frequently as a conditioning walk/hike that is close to home. The trail starts in Lakeview Park (which everyone here calls Discovery Park), and you can include a loop around the lake as part of your hike if you wish (it's a nice 0.3mi loop). The initial part of the trail has both dirt and paved and is quite steep. It then transits through a steep neighborhood street, sadly (I remember when this was a dirt trail all the way to the top, before they built houses). The trail passes a water tank, then ascends quite steeply before becoming a more manageable uphill climb to where it intersects the Ridgeline trail. The rest of the hike to the top (Doublepeak Park) is, well, not fun. You can either hike on a sidewalk as cars speed past you, or you can ascend a steeper, poorly-maintained scramble to the park on the top. There are bathrooms, shade and a really nice 360 degree view of the region. On weekends and later in the day there are often quite a few people, many playing their music out loud, along the trail. Early in the morning or during the day seem to be the best, quietest times to go.

hiking
9 months ago

Extremely busy but nice hike. Has a few long steep climbs/descents that can be tough on little ones or older dogs. Great views throughout, which are only slightly diminished by the fact that you can drive all the way to the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Was in the area for my daughter's soccer tournament, had the afternoon free so did a good hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Good loop for a workout with the dog and a beautiful view from the top.

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