Lake Hodges Overlook Trail

MODERATE 51 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 1446 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

rocky

25 days ago

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

1 month ago

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1 month 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.

2 months ago

Worth the hike up if your in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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..

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6 months ago

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hiking
6 months ago

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.