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Sage Trail to Cougar Ridge Trail to Boulder Loop

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Sage Trail to Cougar Ridge Trail to Boulder Loop is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escondido, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,469 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching

partially paved



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. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities and experiences in a historically significant setting. The property contains a number of natural vegetation communities including lush oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grasslands, and riparian areas. Approximately 1.5 miles from the La Honda entry is the redwood ranch house (currently a private caretaker's residence), redwood barn, and numerous outbuildings of historical interest. Daley Ranch offers over 20 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Six distinct trails cover most of the property. Most popular are the Boulder Loop Trail (2.4 miles) which affords outstanding views of Escondido, and the Ranch House Loop (2.5 miles), which passes two small ponds and the site of Daley's original log cabin. $5 to park For more information about the park entrances:

3 months ago

I went to the humane society and next thing I know is a am hiking up this trail. Found a cool pond and walked down to lake Dixon. Beautiful trail..

3 months ago

Lived in SD for 8 years and never heard of this place. Loved it!

Best hike yet. Lots of hills and nature.

3 months ago

great place to get nice views over the valley, and views of Palomar mountain. Nice and tucked away on the west side of Daley ranch. easy to shorten and lengthen the hike. lots if shade and beutfiul landscape

6 months ago

Great hike with lots of options to shorten or lengthen the adventure. Wildlife and amazing views year round.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Epic fun ride, great views, lots of climbing! Hidden Spring is a technical climb. I walked most of it. Overall, it was fun, flowy, and challenging, great for mountain biking. This is my 4th time at Daley Ranch exploring trails. Will do this again starting the opposite direction

6 months ago

Parking can be difficult, but I never had to pay. Great for trail-running, hiking, or walking. Shady canyons and big views from rocky outcrops. Plenty of elevation change for a good challenge.

7 months ago

Easy to moderate 10 mile hike that is an easy drive from Vista. You need a map or GPS as some routes aren't marked well. Saw a few bikes at the beginning, but few people after that. Overall a good day.

8 months ago

Got a little lost, would highly suggest keeping a map close by. Great hike overall. Little hidden ponds were fun to find.

10 months ago

This was a great hike. A good workout but not too hard. It feels way out there but really just a few minutes off the freeway. Pay close attention to the trail markers to stay on the 10 mile loop. We got lost the first time we did this and ended up hiking a total of 14 miles because we had taken a wrong turn at some point.

11 months ago

Fun, beautiful hike! We saw many coyotes and rabbits! Very scenic and lots of shade. I would definitely recommend to others who are looking for a long, somewhat challenging at times, hike!

Monday, July 02, 2018

amazing placer

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Monday, June 04, 2018

Take plenty of water and make sure to wear sun screen. Not a lot of shade but overall a great place to go hiking.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Excellent trail. Take a map if you haven't hiked it before. Go early, take plenty of water. Have fun!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Great trail with lots of options to go in different directions. We hiked a total of 7.9 miles and went up Stanley Peak which is 0.7 miles out and back to the top with nice views overlooking Escondido. Lots of elevation for a good workout plus different types of scenery, which alternated from being woodsy to a more sage brush environment.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Theres a variety of options. Paved with slight grades to completely dirt with rock, step grades, or for acomplete experience of both do the loop. Even the full loop has a few route options more difficult.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Great trail. Steep incline. Lots of trail choices!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

My 5 year old daughter and I went for a hike in the rain one Sunday about 5 months back. Going early in the rain we were alone with the wildlife. Quite magical. We ended up jogging back from the lake on the loop. Excellent easy hike.

Monday, April 23, 2018

My favorite North San Diego County trail. You can make this as long as you want as there are multiple trails spread throughout Daley Ranch with some very challenging trails to more easy trails. As the warmer months are fast approaching, make sure to bring hydration as it can get very hot. Also, the earlier the better for your hikes. If you follow the full perimeter of Daley Ranch, you can make it a 13 mile trek. Love it!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Epic view, more than happy!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

This is one of the best trails in San Diego county. It has so many variations and challenging trails for all levels. I haven’t found another trail that matches its intensity and the sights and sounds are a real payoff

Monday, February 19, 2018

This trail was a good time. Overall there are so many different paths that you can take which is nice. This will allow you to make the hike as long and challenging as you would like. We ended up going about 11 miles and started the hike around 7am. We really enjoyed being there early and seeing the "earth wake up", with lots of spiderwebs covered in dew, fog over the lake, and much more. Make sure to watch out for mountain bikers, they are all over the place, and you cannot always hear them coming around the corner.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Awesome hike started early . Got to see the change in life from morning dew to midday song birds and the cool shade of the oak trees. We did 10.1 miles but had trouble with recording. Phone lost service. Anyhow enjoy it grab a map at trail entrance and use AllTrails to guide you there’s a lot of side trails to enjoy just be careful there some good rutts

Friday, February 09, 2018

The trail is pretty narrow the majority of the way so be cautious of bikers. It’s a very fast trail for bikes and not a lot of visibility for them to notice you and slow down in time.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Nice hike! Levels out a lot! I went at 0830, finished at 1230... 0630 start time would be best!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A beautiful gem right in North County. there are so many variations and places to explore. Great indigenous flora and fauna. Great for hiking, horses, mountain bike too.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Great for all type of hikers. Easy to moderate.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Great hike!! The first of many with my 7 year old son!!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Daley Ranch is a decent place to hike if you're desperate, however the views are not very rewarding.

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