Highland Valley Trail

EASY 16 reviews

Highland Valley Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

3.8 miles
354 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



28 days ago

1 month ago

Shorter than I expected but still a nice trail. Definitely easy going. It gets busy with locals and is also very popular with mountain bikers so be prepared to e moving out of the way a lot.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

8 months ago

Great hike. Lots of shady spots. Great for kids. I even tried a stroller which kind of worked but not great. There was even a couple of this Indian mortar holes along the trail. A great surprise! Would definitely do it again.

9 months ago

We only did half of it because it was an unplanned hike with my 1 year old strapped to my back, but we had a blast. There are spots of shade along the way and it isn't totally flat so it's not boring. I let my daughter down to explore a bit by the bridge and she loved it. Not stroller friendly, but definitely doable with kids, keeping distance in mind.

trail running
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This was a good running trail, single file necessary most of the way. Some simple climbing. Not too rocky. Nice for a short run.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Narrow trail, but still nice for running. Watch out for snakes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

mountain biking
Saturday, February 08, 2014

Great short single track , nothing too technical. Rode this then took highland valley road to mule hill trail

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

This a nice and quiet trail. Fairly easy to hike with very little incline. My dogs and 7 yr. old enjoyed this hike. We only saw 3 other people, two mountain bikers and one other walking his dog. Out and back, this trail is only 4 miles, but it was well worth the cardio work out!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Small parking lot at trailhead through a narrow gate that is easy to miss. Trail seems more popular with mountain bikers than hikers and is quite narrow in places so stay aware. Easy walk, nothing too steep, not much shade. Glad to have done it but probably won't go back.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013