Sage to Jack Creek to Crest to Boulder Loop

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Sage to Jack Creek to Crest to Boulder Loop is a 17.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for trail running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from March until July. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 17.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,388 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

mountain biking

nature trips

running

lake

views

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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Daley Ranch is a 3,058-acre conservation area acquired in 1996 by the City of Escondido and is managed in perpetuity for the preservation of a biologically unique and diverse habitat area of regional importance. This Loop is a revised version of the popular Daley Ranch Loop, it features most of the longer trails that connect to each other around the area, including Jack Creek Meadow Loop Trail, Engelmann Oak Trail and Boulder Loop Trail. Due to the distance and elevation, it is advised to start earlier in the morning, the average time to complete is 5 hours, mixing both jogging and power hiking. This is one of the longest routes that can be done inside the ranch, it features around 19 miles of scenic views. The course is built around the Ranch House water fountain, so you don't run out of water. The trails listed in order are: Creek Crossing Trail Sage Trail Jack Creek Meadow Loop Trail East Ridge Trail Ranch House St. (Water access if needed) Boulder Loop Trail Cougar Ridge Trail Engelmann Oak Trail (Taking the Burnt Mountain Shortcut for fun) Cougar Ridge Trail Crest Trail Ranch House St. (Water access if needed) Boulder Loop Trail Ranch House St. The trails are well marked, the course can be sliced in 3 parts: (Entrance) Creek Crossing Trail - Ranch House St. Just to get you in shape, the first part can be a bit steep at first, but when you get to middle part of the Sage Trail and until the Ranch House, the terrain is mostly flat and runnable. (Be sure to fill up your water reservoir and empty your bladder at the Ranch House). Ranch House St.- Engelmann Oak Trail You will encounter with long trail going north until you get to a Y at the end of the Cougar Ridge Trail, head to the right following the Engelmann Oak Trail, the terrain is mostly downwards and a bit technical (Treking poles are advised at this part), be sure to check the Burnt Mountain Trail as is one of the funnest downhill jogging trails of the ranch, but be cautious and smart about it, MTB: have fun. Engelmann Oak Trail - Ranch House St. (Exit) Really technical terrain at first, and one of the longest and steepest hills at the Cougar Ridge Trails (trekking poles are advised), but after that, the terrain is runnable, until you get to the Crest Trail, (MTB: enjoy it, Runners: be cautious as there are many bikers going down fast) after this, far down the road you will when you get to the Ranch House St. check your water reservoir so you don't run out of water before running around the Boulder Loop Trail. The exit is heading south on the paved street. Make sure to bring at least 2-3 liters of water, a compass and print the ranch map in a piece of paper (there is almost no cellphone signal at parts 2-3), be safe and have lots of fun.

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rocky
29 days ago

Daley ranch is a neat place with great trails for families, and hikers. arrive early or go when it's cooler in the season though. the road up from Escondido is pretty rutty, a low risen vehicle would have a hard time. coming from hidden meadows is nice and smooth.

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