Lake Hodges Overlook Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Really nice trail. Small parking lot, but there's an overflow lot nearby and plenty of street parking. The trail does lead to the lake via the reservoir, just keep following signs to Lake Hodges Overlook (when starting, the first trail is actually the Way Up Trail, which connects to the overlook trail), you'll be glad you did! Good elevation change and nice views, especially at the final overlook.
Steady and steep!! Most def some nooks and crannies back there
This trail was pretty easy. Beautiful day in February. The trail was clear and even with all the rain lately, it was mostly dried out.
Worth the hike up if your in the area.
Once you make it up here you might as well circle around the lake and see what's below, and that does include Lake Hodges.
These directions get you to the Elfin Forest and Olivenhain Reservoir.
Check out Bernardo Mountain Trail to get to the Lake Hodges overlook.
This whole page should be trashed. The map on front shows Olivenhain Reservoir, not Lake Hodges.
And another thing , there's already a Bernardo Mountain trail page on here which is basically what overlooks Lake hodges.
So this hike is switched back up hill for at least the 1st Miles after that little rolling hills and flat I started at 6:30 am but the park does not open till 8am so had to park on the side of the road ..... great views I would bring water this is a good easy /moderate hike the first part is the hardest after that not to bad ..... I did the whole hike it took me 3hr to do I'm slow and took brakes to see the view .... my Fitbit said I did 7 miles .... trail is well marked I only got lost once ..... but if you go during the day there will be no shade and very hot ..... also get there early if you want a spot to park gets full quick.