Explore the most popular trail running 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! Even if you are out of shape, I believe you can still conquer it lol. My wife and my 7 year old was able to finish it under 3hrs. Beautiful view of Lake Hodge, Escondido, and RB!

Nice semi-strenuous hike near Escondido. Great views near and at the summit.

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

Nice trail. Definitely I will return to take side trails. Be careful, there are a lot of rattlesnakes! However, as elsewhere on such trails in California.

Easy to moderate trail to the peak with a little surprise at the summit. Wedge between boulders is a metal box containing journals and pen encouraging hikers to share their experience hiking Stanley Peak. Love the idea and made sure to share my thoughts. Most of the trail is paved with loose sandy soil and only almost half a mile to the summit that the trail became rocky. Easily doable even for children who love adventures.

Much harder then the reviews led us to believe but my husband and I found the surrounding nature to be worth the effort! LOTS of incline but it was so beautiful and peaceful

7 days ago

great hike.. interesting to read the history and all about the invasive species. you might even see a horse or two joining you on the trail!

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

hiking
13 days ago

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.

Easy to moderate hike and the view at the summit is worth the hike. Nice to see that in the midst of suburbs, nature is still abundant and accessible. Along the trail, you can enjoy the various wildflowers in bloom.

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.

Great hike!

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail. Steep incline. Lots of trail choices!

Plain and simple... a must do. Can't wait to return to this loop for the fall when the rain starts!

We enjoyed this hike yesterday, even though it was twice as long as we expected at the start 10.2 miles vs. the 5.1 miles that we expected. We also thought it was end atop a 1,500 ft peak but it ended in a ridge about 700 feet. Stlll it has lots of shady trees, primarily stays in the river valley and we made great time 4 hours, because the trail was mostly sand or dirt. We hiked from a parking lot at Sunset Drive to Raptor Ridge and back.

Trail closes at 7:30. Why?

mountain biking
24 days ago

Beautiful trail. Great for beginners. I started at coast to coast trail and totaled at 15 miles. Glad I did both trails.

mountain biking
24 days ago

Beautiful trail, your gonna want to keep going so check out del dios gorge trail. Worth worth it!

25 days ago

I recommend you continue all the way to overlook. it has a wide Rocky road, you may see a ranger in a truck, and if you keep going it goes around Lake Hodges and goes to a peak that's pretty awesome. It's worth the extra time and energy!

Great hike! There is a good mix of incline and level ground. Multiple routes to choose from once you hike about 1.5 miles!

Nice loop. You have options on directions as well as some side trails so not likely to get boring if you repeat. Great views. Bikers were considerate and trails wide enough to accommodate all.

Great little hike, beautiful day. There were quite a few people but still enjoyable. It would be good for dogs and kids but need to be patient. I don’t know what kind of tall spiked flowers I saw but beautiful. Look like a yucca of some type.

28 days ago

great hike! the lake is beautiful, and there's places to rest along the way. Do go all the way to the Overlook it's worth the five and a half miles round trip

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.

great hike, beautiful creek, flowers and views
starts going up, there's no shade but the views are breathtaking. you can see so many lakes and reservoirs

1 month ago

great trail for a run, beautifully tucked down below houses up on the Hills so you feel like you are in the wilderness but you are still near civilization

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!

Nice hike, part of the Coast to Crest Trail. I have now been able to complete the entire portion from the Coast to Lake Hodges.

This particular section of the hike was not overly challenging but enjoyable. I enjoyed the views especially of the Dam as you approach Lake Hodges.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is just okay. There’s nothing particularly special about it. You never feel like you really get away from civilization because you always see homes at almost every section of the trail. We did see a mule deer bounding through the grass and a woodpecker pecking on a tree, which were both really neat. The trail is pretty narrow so it’s a bit annoying to have to make room for mountain bikers and there’s coyote and dog poop throughout the trail in various places. The trail abruptly ends at a shaded picnic table area.

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