Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Escondido with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike spot if you’re looking for a quiet place to enjoy some beautiful scenery. You make the hike however long/challenging as you like with the various trails you can pick once you get to the top! Starts with. 1.5mile trek up the mountain, but once you get to the top you have several trails to pick long or short that offer lake views, ocean view, or overlooking all of Escondido’s city. Highly recommend! Grab a map from the resource center in the parking lot for a guide on which trails you want!

hiking
12 days 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!

It was a fun hike with my wife and our first trail in California. The scenery was beautiful.

I’ve done this one a few times. Pretty easy terrain until you actually get to Stanley Peak Trail, then there’s some good incline to the top, but it’s not super long. The trails are well marked at Daley Ranch and of course it can get toasty there. The only reason I knocked off a star is because the view at the top is disappointing. Your view is of a road and you can hear the cars, but it’s worth the hike to see the other mountains.

PARKING: limited parking in the dirt lot that opens at 8AM so i recommend getting there a little early to claim the prime spot.

THE HIKE: locating the trail head was a bit difficult for me since there were multiple trail heads at the start. choose the right one or you'll end up by the river with no where else to go (whisper: saw a lady doing yoga posses on this very short trail and i awkwardly walked backwards as though i just saw a bear)

Anyway, the hike itself is very well maintained and saw a few rangers making rounds making sure that people are leashing their dogs and making sure poops are in poop bags. I went during the weekday so didn't notice a lot of human traffic (perfect for my introverted self). HOWEVER, the reserve does offer guided hikes and as i was heading back, a swarm of (i kid you not) 20 children were running past me and 1 chaperone absentmindedly staring at her phone.

You'll go through some slight inclines and declines but overall, the hike was bearable. The dam (which i mistook for the lake) is pretty cool but definitely make your way up to the actual overlook for breathtaking views!!! i guarantee you're hiking mind will feel the euphoria of gorgeous scenery. Take your time taking it all in, too! It was nice being the first and only one at the overlook.

I would say this is one of my favorite hikes in the area. Warning though, there's very little shade so either go super early to beat the heat (especially during the summer) or be prepared and slather layers of sunblock. Also be careful for random animal droppings. And bugs.

Great hike with views of the Escondido valley. Take the OWT (old water tower) spur to the top of Stanley Peak for an extra treat.

First 10-15 minutes are difficult but well worth it

amazing placer

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful. Trails were well defined and had adequate signage. Grounds were beautiful— a lot of trails and hiking nooks to check out! If you’re not a hiker or out of shape it probably won’t be as enjoyable. I found it to be easy but it was a challenging easy! There are portables and drinking fountains found throughout the grounds. One could easily spend a day here I came on Sunday morning very little foot traffic. *put on sun screen

This is a very nice Trail. However your coordinates for the trailhead are wrong and your distance is wrong. The trailhead is farther east from the coordinates you list. Also the trail itself is closer to 6 Mi not 4. If you do the westfork as well as the East Fork. You will have 10 miles. There are beautiful views. I don't really understand the chairs at the top. I would rather just stand up on a natural rock.

Very Nice smaller, short hike. Beautiful views of layered mtns. Saw some of the wildlife-a Buck & coyote. Good spot to do some bouldering in a few spots. Highly recommend if ur in the area

Beautiful views!

Nice hike. That first mile or so is definitely rough but well worth it. The Equine Incline loop is nice and quiet and likely a brand new hike if you do the loop in reverse. Great parking as well at the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Uphill, uphill and uphill some more. But it’s a great trail with lots of great views.

One of my favorite hikes to do in this area!

hiking
2 months ago

It is a great beginners trail or someone who is getting back into working out.

It was a nice hike...looking forward to trying different trails at Daley Ranch

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

Great hike glad I live close to this trail!

trail running
2 months ago

This was a fun challenging run for being 4 miles. Lots of uphill and just when I thought I had done enough and was starting to go downhill I started back up again. In all it wasn’t just 4 miles but also the equivalent of climbing 40+ flights of stairs

This is not the hike that is described here. the trails here are very limited. You can hike Wes about 1 mile in and the trails disappear. They are not maintained in the water level is very very low. I went bushwhacking for a while and turn around. I then drove over the dam on Oakvale Road to check out the Egret Trail on the south side of the lake. it is basically a service road. About a mile long and then it just ends. so I turned around and went back to the car. there are some nice rocks to climb on on the lake is very pretty. Some people were catching a few fish.

There's a dirt lot before the entrance to the park that's free to park and the trail seemed to start there. We did the loop in a clockwise fashion which we recommend now that we've completed it as it will get the big elevation change out the way first. Lots of little ups and downs closer to the shoreline. We found using the recorded path helpful as there were a few forks in the road and some paths were slightly overgrown. Porta-pottys along the way.

It was awesome the view is spectacular ! It’s cute with the two chairs up there, I got a slight sun burn on my face and neck lol so make sure to take a hat and sun screen and relax on the rocking chairs and enjoy the view ! Totally worth the hike up ! Bring water and plan on going early so you won’t catch the sun so bright!

The first mile is rough, I would recommend warming up so you don’t go from sitting to walking up crazy hills. They do have bathroom and water along trail which I found unusual but I appreciated the water. There are lots of little loops to do. The damn is really pretty. Overall a good hike!

Bring a few beers once you reach the top when sitting on those chairs. Great views overlooking a winery in the distance. Also saw a few hot air balloons as well. I believe I went on a late Sunday afternoon and had the chairs to myself for about a good hour. Definately worth it!

Great Trail lots of options to choose your distance!!!

hiking
2 months ago

A nice little hike. Pretty easy.

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