Stelzer Park Loop Trail

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Louis Stelzer County Park

Stelzer Park Loop Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lakeside, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 620 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

walking

running

river

wild flowers

Stelzer Park includes 310 acres of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub. Birdwatching, hiking and picnicking are all available here, as are playgrounds, a horseshoe pit and barbeques

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no shade
22 hours ago

there is a small parking fee of $3 but its worth the hike.

hiking
fee
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Very fun trail. Splits at the top right side is quite easy, left side is a good incline. Once you hit the no camping sign on the left side the trail narrows out to an awesome view at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked with a 6, 4, and 3yr old and they all loved it. It’s not flat, but not strenuous. Awesome picnic area and playground at the bottom. I recommend hiking early to beat the heat, then playing and eating lunch at the bottom

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. No shade so hike it earlier In the year or day. Steep incline up Stelzer peak but gorgeous views on top of the rocks and a unique climb under the rocks at the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Very beautiful and underrated, not too difficult. Lots of shade in the beginning but going towards the peak is pretty exposed. It has a steep stretch towards the peak, but well worth it because it has beautiful views from the top! Also cool rocks to climb over and underneath. I recommend!!

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muddy
2 months ago

A decent trail. The summit was beautiful. Lots of mud after the rain and $3 parking fee. Empty at 10am on a Friday

hiking
fee
2 months ago

Love taking my kids here! The hike is beautiful, but not too hard for them.

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muddy
2 months ago

Pretty easy trail, very nice and secluded. Little muddy because of recent rain, also $3 cash only parking fee

skiing
fee
3 months ago

$3 parking fee

hiking
blowdown
3 months ago

A good walk. A beautiful view over the valley! Oak tree fell down at bottom.

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rocky
4 months ago

Loved it. You walk through a park and campsites to start. 2 ways up. 1 starts out easy fooling you it’s an easy hike. Definitely moderate. But well marked. I saw one couple. Up top, lots of boulders to scramble over and under. Views are beautiful. Little road noise, but you can easily block it out. I loved it and will do it again as a training hike. Dog loved it too. But bring lots of water. No shade until the very end. Rocky areas with tiny gravel. Wear shoes that grip the terrain.

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fee
5 months ago

Nice little morning stroll with the dogs. Clean clear and not a person in site. Little rocky in spots but is a beautiful quick hike close to home. Remember to turn the light off on your vehicle. I have a dead battery lol

hiking
6 months ago

This is more of a workout then a “hike” only because of the closeness to the main road. Lots of street noise. For those that say it’s soo hard. It’s not. It just requires patience and the ability to walk. I’m chubby and out of shape and so is my dog and we got to the top in no time. View is amazing highly suggest if you’re looking for a quick uphill workout with a view!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful views, no shade, and STEEP!!!!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Great short workout beautiful area

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bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
Mon May 06 2019

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

Nice short hike. There’s a $3 parking fee

hiking
Sat Apr 27 2019

with Pierce on the 27th of April 2019. Better trail than we thought. Beautiful park and good hike too. It was overgrown in some places but doable. Steep hike up to Stelzer summit. We went up but didn’t go to the very top because it was too overgrown and we weren’t prepared today. Overall nice short hike!

Mon Apr 22 2019

This is a really nice park. The loop trail is challenging enough, but not too much for beginners. However, the summit trail which can be accessed from the highest point of the loop is significantly more challenging. You need the right shoes which we didn't have. and you should probably have poles, which we didn't have. it was a slow, steep descent over loose gravel.

Mon Apr 15 2019

we were by ourselves early in the am on this. The climb to the top was short and steep, just the way i like it. Youll need good grip shoes for the way down.

hiking
Sun Apr 14 2019

Always a good day here. They have a enclosure with some reptiles that kids love.

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2019

Always a great moment here. The rangers are very helpful. They have some reptiles in a enclosure that kids love and learn from too.

Worthy walking uphill to Stelzer Peak 650 miles. Awesome hiking. Great workout

Fri Mar 29 2019

Being a Special Education Tecnition I appreciate going to this park with students with disabilities. There is an area on which people with disabilities can workout. It's a well maintained park with trails that are accessible to wheelchair and some not so accessible.

hiking
Sat Mar 16 2019

One of my favorite trails in SD! Relatively easy hike. Some shade and somewhat steep in certain parts of the trail. My 8 year old was able to complete the hike. Bring water.

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