San Elijo Hills Loop is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

Length6.4 miElevation gain1,276 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingWalkingPartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Starting points 1105 Elfin Forest Rd W, parking lot at San Ellijo Park.

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Reviews (97)
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Recordings (101)
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Xinting Lan
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Megan Lindsey
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Hiking

Great workout.

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cat watkins
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Hiking

Good trail. Good inclines. Part of the trail is residential and another part has you walking 1.3 is miles along the road. Make sure that you pay attention to the map so that you do not get lost.

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Sara Hayes
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Hiking

Very hard but very beautiful!

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Codi Smith
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Hiking

Great for trail running.

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Kiara Kiara Carmon
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Jessica Gavin
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Hiking

Good inclines in the beginning! Amazing views! Great hike overall!

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Krista Horrigan
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Hiking

This is a well-maintained trail consisting primarily of asphalt paths. There are some really beautiful views of the ocean on a clear day. 

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Steve Skinner
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Mountain bikingGreat!

We did this trail on our e-bikes, and even with the power assist, reversing this trail will definitely give your legs and your lungs a workout.

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Mark Jennings
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Mimette Baasen
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Hiking

Awesome trails!!!!

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Alex Hebert
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Hiking

Really steep beginning, great views at the top. Didn’t do the whole loop. Cut back through a residential neighborhood. Paved the whole way.

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Nancy Lee
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Hiking

Steep climbs, but nice trails. If you start at SE park & hike straight, you’re in for a climb. Trails mostly empty today after 11.

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Mimette Baasen
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HikingGreat!No shade

Famous San Elijo Hills loop in the neighborhood. Great up hill workout with awesome views!

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Aaron Feinstein
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Jessica Legrue
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Hiking

Definitely no longer closed to covid. Partly paved. Some nice steep inclines. Big parking lot. Would come here again!

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Mimette Baasen
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Hiking

Awesome uphill trails and beautiful views!

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Mimette Baasen
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HikingGreat!No shade

Awesome trails mostly paved you take the loop around the neighborhood to double peak trail and you get out on ridge trail across double Peak School in San Elijo Road!

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Franck Pedretti
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Hiking

Pretty awesome!!!! Nice scenary... lovely trails

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Rob Pizzurro
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Perfect sunny, cool, breezy run/walk. Very few people and bikes. Recording stopped 2x during run, so mileage and time were off. Overall, good outing with Blanche.

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Erica Merica
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Hiking

Mostly paved, Nice elevation hike!

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Maxx Zomick
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Victoria A
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Hiking

Great trail for a low-moderate intensity workout. Trail is in the middle of a residential area however far enough to feel like your “one with nature.” Lots of steep inclines for a great leg workout. Trail is mostly paved so you can also run or ride your bike. Great views; lots of trees and bushes along the trail.

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em the winner
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Hiking

Lots of pavement, but still good for running amd walking. Some steep parts and mountain bikers.

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Sean Donahue
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Hiking

Was pleasantly surprised. This was a good one with some amazing views. Hiking poles helped on some of the steeper stuff. Would recommend if you’re old, slow and handsome. Good luck!

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Jeremy Velarde
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Hiking

Much of this trail is paved so depending on what you’re into that could be a good or bad thing.

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Erica Mills
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Hiking

Just did a portion of this loop but the elevation gain was intense! Mostly paved so it was good for a rainy day :)

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