Lake Hodges Overlook Trail

MODERATE 131 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





7 hours ago

Pretty moderate hike with amazing views!

1 day ago

Fun uphill hike!

14 days ago

loved it. great hike. bring water

17 days ago

Great hike the views at the top are rewarding

Great workout!

1 month 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!

5 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!

5 months ago

Good fun trail, good views of the lake

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

7 months ago


8 months ago

Beautiful day

8 months ago

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

10 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.

11 months ago

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

Thursday, February 02, 2017

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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

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.

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