East Ridge and Boulder Loop

MODERATE 10 reviews
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East Ridge and Boulder Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
830 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

historic site

hiking
9 days ago

Kinda windy today with the Santa Anna’s blowing but there are some steep parts of the trail so it felt pretty good! We ended up taking the billy goat trails - rock ridge through boulder loop and then the cougar trail up to crest. The trails were thin and rocky but the views were incredible. And there are some awesome bouldering spots on the rock ridge trail. Overall a great short hike!

hiking
18 days ago

So it’s definitely a moderate trail. Just a few steep parts. But the ground is pretty loose in places which makes it more difficult then an ordinary and easier trail. I did like the changes in surroundings. I threw in another 3/4 of mile by taking the Cougar Ridge trail and the Crest Trail connections. If I do it again I would go counter clockwise to make it more difficult and it is a must to throw in the single track Crest Line trail for more fun. Enjoy!

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19 days ago

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1 month ago

it was nice trail. but too much dog drops all over.

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4 months ago

Starts off flat to warm you up. Has descending and climbing until you get to east ridge. during winter and spring you cross a creek at he bottom. then continues climbing until to a short descend. At the top you can see Escondido and on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean. Mount Palomar to the east, Mt Woodson (potato chip) to the southeast, Double Peak to the south. Chaparral all around with plenty of sage and other native plants. East ridge takes you between two ponds and continues to the Historic Ranch House where there are rest areas and bathrooms with water. Go on a paved road to Boulder loop trail where it starts getting steep, good training for more difficult trails with nice views. It continues around and a steep descend to the paved road again and continues to the trailhead. This is a 5 1/2 mile trail which has connecting trails if you desire. Great for Map and Compass learning.

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4 months ago