Way Up Trail to Lake Hodges Overlook Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Way Up Trail to Lake Hodges Overlook Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Santa Fe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.4 miles
1446 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




no shade

8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, CA 92029. The Reserve opens each day at 8:00 a.m. The Reserve is closed on days affected by inclement weather, and on December 25. Use of the Reserve outside of posted hours is considered trespassing (California Penal Code 602). Please check the main entrance signs for current closing time. Closing time is approximately 30-45 minutes before sunset. Parking lot gates are locked at closing time and vehicles are subject to tow. Use of the Reserve outside of posted hours is considered trespassing (California Penal Code 602). The only permitted sites to enter and exit the Reserve are via the Harmony Grove staging area or via the Del Dios Highlands County Preserve.

8 days ago

Very scenic hike around the Olivenhain Resevoir with views of Lake Hodges and the Paciific Ocean.

10 days ago

I really liked this hike. I ended up doing about 6.5 miles round trip with a few small route detours.

First mile is a pretty good uphill workout, great training hike for harder hikes. I liked the views and that you view first the Reservoir and then Lake Hodges if you go all the way up.

Will definitely do this one again.

11 days ago

Great day hike. Nice workout and good views. You can park down the road if the lot is full. There is also a water fountain up near the top with potable water.

4 months ago

Good local day hike with some great views of the lake. Tough minor switchbacks to reach the peak. Pretty crowded trail.

6 months ago

Loved this hike!

7 months ago

I do this hike all the time it's not bad for experienced hikers but it's no price of cake the is some technical stuff on the way up and down but once you get to the top there are plenty of options from overlooks to picknick areas

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