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Best trails in Escondido

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Looking for a great trail near Escondido, California? AllTrails has 59 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Palomar Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lake Poway Park or El Capitan County Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 30 moderate trails in Escondido ranging from 1.9 to 20.4 miles and from 334 to 1,952 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Escondido
Top trails (59)
#1 - Lake Hodges Overlook Trail
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
The Reserve opens each day at 8:00 a.m. The Reserve is closed on days affected by inclement weather, and on December 25. Please check the main entrance signs for current closing time. Parking lot gates are locked at closing time and vehicles are subject to tow. The only permitted sites to enter and exit the Reserve are via the Harmony Grove staging area or via the Del Dios Highlands County PreserveShow more
#2 - Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail
San Dieguito River Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
Great hike just off the I-15 in Escondido. Hike past Lake Hodges and up a mountain for views of the surrounding area. This trail is part of a network of trails from Coast to Crest so you can hike as long or as short as you'd like. Show more
#3 - Sage, Cougar Ridge and Boulder Trail Loop
Daley Ranch
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 6 m
Daley Ranch is a 3,058-acre conservation area acquired in 1996 by the City of Escondido and is managed in perpetuity for the preservation of a biologically unique and diverse habitat area of regional importance. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities and experiences in a historically significant setting. The property contains a number of natural vegetation communities including lush oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grasslands, and riparian areas. Approximately 1.5 miles from the La Honda entry is the redwood ranch house (currently a private caretaker's residence), redwood barn, and numerous outbuildings of historical interest. Daley Ranch offers over 20 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Six distinct trails cover most of the property. Most popular are the Boulder Loop Trail (2.4 miles) which affords outstanding views of Escondido, and the Ranch House Loop (2.5 miles), which passes two small ponds and the site of Daley's original log cabin. $5 to park For more information about the park entrances: http://daleyranch.org/explore/entrances-driving-directions/Show more
#4 - Way Up Trail to Harmony Grove Overlook
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Trail is open with restrictions. Masks required when passing other hikers and in common areas. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
#5 - Piedras Pintadas Interpretive Trail
Rancho Bernardo Community Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
#6 - Turtle Head Mountain Trail
Escondido, California
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
#7 - Coast to Crest Trail at Lake Hodges
San Dieguito River Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
A bit of a loop/out and back trail and easy to access from the highway. Great wide trails for most of the hike/run, but going up and down Bernardo Mountain, there's a lot of cobble stone/ankle biters. From the bottom of Bernardo Mountain, it's 1.95 miles to the top. Good for runners/hikers (aside from the cobblestone rocks), some shade along the trail, but not great for strollers.Show more
#8 - Fletcher Point
Escondido, California
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
Note: Please stay on trail as surrounding areas are private property.Show more
#9 - Bernardo Bay Trail
Rancho Bernardo Community Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
#10 - Del Dios Gorge Trail
San Dieguito River Park
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 4 h 42 m
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