Lake Hodges Overlook Trail

MODERATE 116 reviews

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.

6.1 miles
1272 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





14 days ago

The Lake Hodges Overlook trail is the longest trail in the park. There are other trails that aren’t as long or steep. The view of the lake is beautiful and worth the long incline. Also, if you have a Fitbit and like to keep track, you can easily cover 10,000 steps if not more, on this trail!

4 months ago

We arrived at 12pm. Carry plenty of water!!! The first trail is pretty steep with patches of shade. The second trail didn't have any shade spots but the view overlooking Lake Hodges was well worth it when we got there!

4 months ago

Good fun trail, good views of the lake

5 months ago

I'm 56. Nice easy/moderate trail. Scenery is good not great. A decent six-mile workout.

5 months ago

First mile hard climb, carry plenty of water!!!

6 months ago


6 months ago

Beautiful day

7 months ago

First time hiking the trail. It was nice. Thank goodness that it was a cloudy day, otherwise it would be pretty hot.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

Steady and steep!! Most def some nooks and crannies back there

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Worth the hike up if your in the area.

Monday, January 16, 2017

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.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

These directions get you to the Elfin Forest and Olivenhain Reservoir.
Check out Bernardo Mountain Trail to get to the Lake Hodges overlook.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

great hike. not alot of shade. 9.5 miles adding the overlook trail and the equine incline trails.

Monday, September 19, 2016

We started from the Del Dios highway side.. still 6 miles lots of climbing..Fun hike, avoid hot days,it gets even hotter on trail. First mile is fun..

Friday, September 02, 2016

Fun hike with a nice breeze coming off the reservoir. Sadly I could here the sound of traffic coming up the valley from Escondido, but headphones fixed that.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Definitely challenging esp in the summer heat but rewarding views of the reservoir and lake at the end. You take walk up trail to the lake hodges overlook trail. Bring lots of water! And be out of the park by 730pm!

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