Lower Otay Lake

EASY 93 reviews

Lower Otay Lake is a 5.3 mile out and back trail located near Chula Vista, California. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

lake

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of interesting vegetation with many small little forests. Lots of lizards small birds and frogs and wooden bridges. Just wish there was parking and a sign at the entrance naming the trail. Very nice view of the mountains and the lake. Will return with my family.

hiking
1 month ago

took my wife and son for nice and easy hike this morning. For the most part we are rookies to hiking, so this was a good way to do something but not push ourselves too hard. we had our 3 dogs with us and they seemed to enjoy their hike . trail is mostly flat with a few ups and downs on the road. a few bridges that my son liked a lot. some mud and sections with water because of recent rain but there are alternate narrow paths in areas where water accumulates. we only did about 5 miles total because we it is our first time walking long distance but you can make this hike as long or short as you want to. very light trail traffic today, a few bikers and walkers. trail was clean for the most part, a little trash and dog droppings in some areas but it doesn't seem to be a problem. parking is on side of road at entrance to trail. highly recommended hike

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy hike for beginners. Straight shot, forward and back.

2 months ago

Really nice easy in and out walk with views of the water... some shade but not much. A lot of bikers so watch out for bends.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail with tons of things to see and cool little bridges mostly for the bikers but some to get through little pockets of water or weeds. Honestly an amazing hike especially since it’s so close to the lake for about 90% of the trail, new favorite spot close to home! One thing to keep in mind, since it is a hiking trail as well, just make sure if you’re hiking or running you keep an eye out for bikers, while there’s a ton of smaller trails that offer bikers access to an alternative route there’s just some areas you need to keep an eye out cause the path is a bit smaller. Overall super happy i found this place :)

3 months ago

Nice.

6 months ago

It's a nice easy trail I've walked both sides of the lake the west side is much more fun

mountain biking
7 months ago

One of my favorite trails to mtb on and take it easy. Not too much uphill or downhill. Most of this trail is leg work. It's also mostly single track and includes some pretty fun obstacles; like multiple single track bridges slightly over swampy area, and some small jumps here and there.

hiking
8 months ago

Only did half the trail started at the mountain hawk park. Extremely easy walk. I think it would be great for biking.

10 months ago

Nice easy scenic walk not hard at all

trail running
11 months ago

11 months ago

Good trail for beginners or for short rides. Really overgrown due to the recent rain.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Great trail for beginners, a lot of fun

trail running
Monday, March 06, 2017

Great for jogging with your dog! Can get muddy from the rain but it's very peaceful and a good variety of terrain with slight moderation.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Liked the longer distance. Did not like the garbage and broken trees along trail. Currently also has quite a bit of muddy spots due to our recent rains. Some parts w wooden bridges need repair.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Great for mountain bikes and dog friendly.

walking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Out walking the doggies today! Extremely muddy so I had to alter the route for today.

mountain biking
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Good trail for mountain biking, easy, fun nice and peaceful. Had a great time

walking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nice, long-ish walk; in one way and back the same way with a few splits off the trail to break it up. Looks like a fun bike trail. Little bridges throughout. Found a rope swing along the route. Took a couple hours to complete. Go through the tunnel at the end of the trail before going back, for a little artistic treat.

walking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

It has some good views on a clear day. Nice for a moment to get out of the house for a couple hours.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

So beautiful

mountain biking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Went there with my two young kids and we have a good time, the path is easy and fun for beginners, nice ride nice view.

mountain biking
Monday, May 16, 2016

My wife and my first time riding at Lower Otay Lake and we had a lot of fun. The occasional wood bridge and small jumps kept things interesting and had us laughing. We'll definitely be back.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

good trail....ups and downs...not to difficult.

trail running
Monday, March 09, 2015

Only went about 3 miles, 30 yards from shore line. It was beautiful. I encountered a few mountain bikers, and everyone was very friendly.

mountain biking
Sunday, January 05, 2014

This is a scenic trail around a man-made lake, good for biking and hiking. It is relatively flat, with some ups and downs and little bumps. There are some wooden bridges, two of which go over water. If you have good balance and are confident, you can make it across them on a bike, but if you have doubts and try to put your foot down, it and possibly you are going into some very stinky, shallow, brown water. There are a few little jumps in a couple places. The path is narrow, with lots of twists and turns, so you always need to look and listen for bikers coming from the opposite direction, particularly on weekends. Wildlife along the trail are mostly little birds and rabbits, and occasionally hawks flying overhead (although one time I came upon an apparently injured hawk standing on the side of the path). One time I came upon a rattle snake resting on the trail, and one other time I saw what appeared to be a fox. The trail does not go completely around the lake. The longest possible route is to go from the boat landing on the southwest side, up to the clearing on the north end of the lake, then onto the road for a little bit until you get back onto the path to go south to a point where the trail ends. You can enter the trail in the middle, though, behind Mountain Hawk Park, and go either north or south for a shorter ride.

hiking
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

This review, is the same from the upper otay lake trail. It's a nice trail where you can fish, mountain bike, picnic, row. it's open wed - sunday. the trail will continue to the upper lake and it's a perfect trail for the beginner. It does have nice views and do recommend for everyone. 2 miles east is where one can skydive. people should learn about this place to come and enjoy..I sugest you read Afoot and Afield is a book about trails in San Diego.

hiking
Sunday, July 07, 2013

Very nice flat trails. Narrow in sections. Views of the lake are worth the trip. Bring your fishing poles and make a day of it. You can also rent boats if you like.

hiking
Monday, November 26, 2012

This trail has beautiful views of the reservoir and very little up and downs. However, the trail is very narrow and bikers and hikers share the way. Be very careful and alert as you walk this trail. You will come to parts of the trail that are not marked well and you have to persevere to get back on track (like walking through the boat dock for the Olympic Training Center). You also cannot get very close to the dam anymore. We started our hike at the intersection of Olympic Parkway and Wueste Road and headed south with the lake to our left. We hiked all the way to Otay Lake County Park and walked one of their trails that put us on top of a mountain overlooking the damn. We also could see all the way to downtown San Diego.

mountain biking
2 days ago

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