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Lake Hodges Overlook Trail

MODERATE 932 reviews

Lake Hodges Overlook Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,371 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, CA 92029. The Reserve opens each day at 8:00 a.m. The Reserve is closed on days affected by inclement weather, and on December 25. Please check the main entrance signs for current closing time. Parking lot gates are locked at closing time and vehicles are subject to tow. The only permitted sites to enter and exit the Reserve are via the Harmony Grove staging area or via the Del Dios Highlands County Preserve.

Good training/trail running trail with beautiful views of Olivenhein Reservoir. The weather was perfect during mid-to-late afternoon.

Go in the morning it's the best

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rocky
21 days ago

It's a decent incline to the lake, but a beautiful view. Defiently recommend putting sun screen on and checking the weather before hiking, not a lot of shade. Get some good shoes, as it's pretty rocky on the path. Overall, if you're just walking with a bit of sight seeing, have 3-4 hours for this hike. Totally worth it, went during late October, but during spring time it's beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail// There were plenty of places to rest in between the hike. It’s better to start early as the trail is partially shaded. Met amazing dogs!!! Views are outstanding, totally worth it!!!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Make sure you go to the left at the trail head in the parking lot. If you don't hit an immediate incline, you're on the wrong trail. There is water available at the 1.6 mile point.

hiking
2 months ago

peaceful and quiet ! the water is also pretty clean considering that ppl take their horses to the edge. lots of new vegetation too and families of birds ! :-)

hiking
2 months ago

Went a little off path but still a great hike! Parking lot opens at 8am and filled up pretty quickly.

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2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

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scramble
3 months ago

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3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Great trail! For a nice walk. Creative and slightly challenging. in a good way.

Done this hike 20+ times I never get sick of it

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rocky
3 months ago

Easy, well maintained trail. Plenty of loose rocks at some sections so protect your ankles! Once you clear the first mile or so of incessant climbing it gets very pretty and worth the effort. You'd have to clear a few ridges before the overlook point so you are not done yet, but at least you get to enjoy the reservoir along the way. The Lake Hodges overlook loop is a very narrow single-track with tight turns, which make it difficult to negotiate when running. Make sure to get back to your car before closing. The ranger was very diligent and if I had been a few minutes late, would have closed the gate on me.

rocky
4 months ago

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4 months ago

This was a great hike! Not my favorite in the San Diego area, but definitely one to visit. BEWARE - You risk getting fined if you enter park before 8am. We ran into 'Ranger Rick' upon arrival, as we were crossing the closed fence, and he made it very clear we could have gotten in trouble for that. Once he let us off and as we were reviewing the trail, 'Ranger Rick' suggested the Equine trail (20 on the map) since we had the extra time. He did mention the length of the hike but failed to mention how incredibly hot the trail gets. I stupidly assumed that since we'd be near water it would be cooler. WRONG! TOO HOT FOR PUPS! I also would have hoped that 'Ranger Rick' would have noticed our 3 dogs and made sure to mention to steer clear of such a long/unshaded/hot trail. Very disappointing for a Park Ranger to make such a dangerous suggestion. Fortunately there are areas to fill water. Each of the stopping points offer shade but there is ZERO shade throughout the trail! I'm from the desert and I would say this trail is too hot for most already - especially after the 8am entry rule. Stick to the the Way up trail (7 on the map) and those along the Reservoir and you'll enjoy yourself. Definitely a hike to visit again in the Fall/Winter.

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4 months ago

The views are amazing. The hike itself had wonderful steep hills and small picnic areas in rest.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great Father's Day ride with a long time good friend since High School. My friend David is also a father and fantastic way to start of the day today.

hiking
5 months ago

Solid hike, especially the longer Lake Hodges trail. There was nothing too challenging, too breathtaking, or overly memorable, but that’s also not to say it wasn’t worth it. Perfect hike for exercise, whether you want it to be 1, 2, or 3 hours. Some good uphill climbs, reservoir makes for some cool views along the way, and would definitely go back. There were also an insane amount of bugs (more so than most hikes), so be prepared for that.

The initial mile and a half is a fairly challenging climb, but a good workout and worth the work. If I did it again I’d pass on the Lake Hodges Loop. It’s a little boring, and doesn’t add much to the hike in terms of views or workout. Overall a good hike!

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bugs
5 months ago

Beautiful! I couldn’t follow the trail on AllTrails all the way around the lake, so I took witch trail and it took me to the same spot

hiking
5 months ago

tons of flies but pretty hike

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rocky
5 months ago

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