Lake Hodges Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Escondido, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.3 miElevation gain626 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingMountain bikingWalkingRunningLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Jennifer Holden
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HikingGreat!

Good but A LOT of mountain biking persons. They go fast

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Catherine Hazel
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린 다
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Hiking

Lots of noise from Del Dios Rd. Otherwise, pretty empty and quiet for a Monday afternoon... 1 small trail closer to Lake, parallel road appears to be a fire road. Did not go all the way.

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Matt X
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livia cournoyer
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WalkingNo shadeRockyScramble

fun hike with some rock climbing. lots of bikes

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Ashley Mynes
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Gail Pazdur
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Hiking

Lovely views of lake , popular bikers trail if >70 use pole ,boat launch at end of trail

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Sean Chen
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Sharon W
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Hiking

Lots of mountain bikes on a compact trail. Mostly flat. Families and small groups.

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Denny Manning
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HikingNo shade

This trail for me was pretty uneventful and disappointing. I thought I would be closer to the lake itself but it was a walk along the road and I could overlook the lake

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Sue G
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Assia Lamrous
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Duane Kiddy
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail with many side trails to the water. There were several bikes on the trail and with the exception of a few, they were courteous and shared the trail. Kid and dog friendly.

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Wendy Waters
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Britt Marin
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Grace D. Wild
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Regan Jung
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Hiking

Good trail. Not as many bikes today as expected. Don’t be afraid of them! They’re usually very nice and will let you know when they’re coming.

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M.J. Besarra
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Hiking

fun, bring water, watch for bikers

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Dan Luka
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Ten Emms
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HikingGreat!

I hiked the 15-16ish miles from the south end. Starting on turtle head mountain trail to the Lake Hodges dam. It was overcast most of the day, perfect hiking conditions. Definitely well worth the stroll and highly recommended.

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Kyle Phillips
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Mountain biking

It was really nice. A nice mix of some technical terrain and some fun down hill

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Aparna Ghosh
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Hiking

Nice trial, did come across lot of bikers after 7 on our wayback... so be alert ... lake view right from start, then a dam and you get to see the san dequito river, and a bridge. we started at 6am and the trail was ours....

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Thomas Styles
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Hiking

great trail bunch of poison oak though along the trail in a few spots, great place to familiarize yourself with the plant because one can see it growing as a ground cover, giant bush, and as vine along with the shades of red and green based on how much sun hits it. One can also learn what poison oak looks like when it grows over the trail and a bunch of people have brushed past it. I run all the time here and have seen one person brush right up on it and even though he said he knows what poison oak looks like he had no idea he did. in fact I've seen a few people who said they know what it looks like have some close encounters with it so just be alert. Also poison oak can grow in a multitude of ways so.... leaves of three let them be. and red is dead

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David Hunter
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Hiking

You can’t walk this trail. Mountain biking only. So ridiculous it’s crazy that people even call this a “hiking” trail. It literally looks like a bicycle course. Don’t hike. Don’t bring dogs.

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Jake Hirshberg
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Hiking

Decent Outing, but there were WAY too many bikers on this small trail. Not a great place to take dogs, and the bikers are going very fast, often times leaving little reaction time. Very few shaded spots, so bring lots of water, and sunscreen. Beautiful scenery!

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karen harrington
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really beautiful right now. Only issue I had was not knowing where to stop for the in and out 6 mi mark.

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Malcolm Shaw
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HikingMuddyRocky

Perfrct cool weather.

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