Best Trails Near Escondido CA

Escondido has 44 trails in the vicinity, including 32 hiking trails and 15 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.7 to 15.3 miles in length. The longest trail in Escondido is Lake Hodges a well-known trail measuring 15.3 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Trail, Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Loop and Lake Dixon: Shore View Trail. Trails.com member Adam M. recently completed Bernardo Mountain.

More information on the best trails in Escondido can be found below.
  • Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve: Botanical Loop

    7 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This well-maintained trail offers a quiet, easy loop that makes it perfect for any age. The “Botanical Trail Guide” published by reserve staff lends an educational element that makes this foray ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This well-maintained trail offers a quiet, easy loop that makes it perfect for any age. The “Botanical Trail Guide” published ...

  • Daley Ranch

    5 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This ride is located northeast of Escondido in San Diego's north County region. Beginning a few miles from the center of Escondido, the ride quickly climbs through rocky, boulder-strewn land. ...
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride is located northeast of Escondido in San Diego's north County region. Beginning a few miles from the center of ...

  • Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Trail

    5 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    The 750-acre Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve serves two purposes: water management and recreation. The newly constructed Olivenhain dam and reservoir within the reserve holds 8 billion gallons ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The 750-acre Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve serves two purposes: water management and recreation. The newly constructed ...

  • Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Loop

    4 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    The 800-acre Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve has 17 miles of multi-use trails. About 10 miles are open to and appropriate for mountain biking. The reserve encompasses a stretch of Escondido ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The 800-acre Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve has 17 miles of multi-use trails. About 10 miles are open to and appropriate ...

  • Daley Ranch

    4 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    Adjacent to Dixon Lake is this 3058-acre expanse of hills, valleys, and meadows, with more than 20 miles of trails for hikers and bikers to follow. Daley Ranch offers a wide range of walking ...
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Adjacent to Dixon Lake is this 3058-acre expanse of hills, valleys, and meadows, with more than 20 miles of trails for hikers ...

  • Lake Dixon: Shore View Trail

    2 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    There’s something about ambling along a large body of water that calms the spirit. Unbelievably peaceful on weekdays, Dixon Lake is a slice of inland paradise: sage scrub, wildflowers, birds, ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    There’s something about ambling along a large body of water that calms the spirit. Unbelievably peaceful on weekdays, Dixon ...

  • Bernardo Mountain

    2 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    Imagine a hiking, biking, and equestrian trail extending from the coast at Del Mar to the crest of the mountains in mid-San Diego County. Today, certain sections of this 55-mile-long route, known ...
    •  3½ hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Imagine a hiking, biking, and equestrian trail extending from the coast at Del Mar to the crest of the mountains in mid-San ...

  • Daley Ranch: Engelmann Oak Loop

    2 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This truck-width trail is well graded and offers views to the north, east, and southwest. With only a few steep areas and the promise of quail, a variety of other birds, and even the glimpse ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This truck-width trail is well graded and offers views to the north, east, and southwest. With only a few steep areas and ...

  • Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    Spacious views of inland North County, the ocean, and distant mountains.
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Spacious views of inland North County, the ocean, and distant mountains.

  • Lake Hodges: North Shore Trail

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This easy hike is overrun by bicyclists on the weekends, but weekdays (outside fishing season) are quiet and serene.
    •  3.5 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy hike is overrun by bicyclists on the weekends, but weekdays (outside fishing season) are quiet and serene.

  • Daley Ranch: Combined Trails Loop

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This easy combined-trails loop offers the best of Daley Ranch, with its wide-open spaces, rustling grasses, and ponds. The description below takes you back to a central point, allowing you to ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy combined-trails loop offers the best of Daley Ranch, with its wide-open spaces, rustling grasses, and ponds. The ...

  • Wilderness Gardens Preserve: Combined Trails Loop

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    The pond, quiet forest, meadows, and hillside scenery make this preserve a relaxing retreat that doesn’t require a long drive. Even on weekends, you may be the only hiker on these seldom-used ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    The pond, quiet forest, meadows, and hillside scenery make this preserve a relaxing retreat that doesn’t require a long drive. ...

  • Felicita Park

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    With 53 acres of rolling hills, shade trees, and flat grassy areas, split by a pleasant year-round creek, this pretty county park offers family and group picnicking, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, ...
    •  45 minutes - 1 hour
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    With 53 acres of rolling hills, shade trees, and flat grassy areas, split by a pleasant year-round creek, this pretty county ...

  • Jack Creek Meadow

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    Serene scenery, ranging from grassy meadow to oak woodland, nearly all of it in its natural state.
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Serene scenery, ranging from grassy meadow to oak woodland, nearly all of it in its natural state.

  • Lake Hodges

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This 15.3-mile route is scenic and easily accessible to most of San Diego, but it's also hot, full of other users, and a bit flat. Making lemonade out of lemons, advanced riders have turned ...
    •  15.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This 15.3-mile route is scenic and easily accessible to most of San Diego, but it's also hot, full of other users, and a ...

  • Lake Hodges

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    Located in Lake Hodges in northern San Diego County near Escondido. Highlights: This trail is fun easy singletrack which runs along the south side of the lake. Hazards: Summer heat, gnats, and ...
    •  43 minutes
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Lake Hodges in northern San Diego County near Escondido. Highlights: This trail is fun easy singletrack which ...

  • Clevenger Canyon North: East Trail

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This tasking hike includes 3 straight miles of uphill walking on a sometimes narrow trail. Experienced hikers will enjoy the challenge, with its rewarding views.
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This tasking hike includes 3 straight miles of uphill walking on a sometimes narrow trail. Experienced hikers will enjoy ...

  • Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve: Way Up and Equine Incline Trail

    0 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    Delicate springtime flowers in this rugged terrain may surprise you. The Way Up Trail earned its namesake because of its continual uphill tread leading into the Equine Incline, which heads first ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Delicate springtime flowers in this rugged terrain may surprise you. The Way Up Trail earned its namesake because of its ...

  • Del Dios Highlands County Preserve Trail

    0 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    An ever-steepening trek on a wide, welldefined dirt road up into the Del Dios–area highlands offers a taxing climb rewarded by panoramic views. At the top, the trail hooks into the Elfin Forest ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    An ever-steepening trek on a wide, welldefined dirt road up into the Del Dios–area highlands offers a taxing climb rewarded ...

  • Clevenger Canyon South: West Trail

    0 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    A steady, though fairly gradual, ascent makes this a brisk workout on well-defined trails where chaparral and aromatic sage provide a thick habitat for birds. The birdsong-filled atmosphere makes ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A steady, though fairly gradual, ascent makes this a brisk workout on well-defined trails where chaparral and aromatic sage ...

  • Clevenger Canyon South: East Trail

    0 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This moderately steep ascent makes for a vigorous aerobic workout on well-defined trails. The thick chaparral, manzanita, and aromatic sagebrush are in recovery process from the devastating 2007 ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This moderately steep ascent makes for a vigorous aerobic workout on well-defined trails. The thick chaparral, manzanita, ...

  • Doane Valley

    0 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This is a hike for inspiration. Here, at Palomar Mountain State Park, you’ll find some of Southern California’s finest montane scenery, complete with trickling streams, rolling meadows, and mixed ...
    •  1½ hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a hike for inspiration. Here, at Palomar Mountain State Park, you’ll find some of Southern California’s finest montane ...

  • Inland Rail Trail

    0 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This suburban rail trail, stretching from Escondido to Palomar College in San Marcos, provides safe passage to work and school for residents of both communities. Its length also makes it an ideal ...
    •  6.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This suburban rail trail, stretching from Escondido to Palomar College in San Marcos, provides safe passage to work and school ...

  • Boden Canyon Trail

    0 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    With dirt roads of varying width featuring gentle ascents and descents, the reserve is a perfect place for casual hiking and jogging. Mountain bikes, horses, and all forms of motorized transport ...
    •  4.5 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    With dirt roads of varying width featuring gentle ascents and descents, the reserve is a perfect place for casual hiking ...

  • San Pasqual Hiking Trails

    0 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    The San Dieguito River Park’s San Pasqual (a.k.a. Clevenger Canyon) Hiking Trails are a system of lateral trails that will eventually connect with the “backbone” trail of the park—the Coast to ...
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    The San Dieguito River Park’s San Pasqual (a.k.a. Clevenger Canyon) Hiking Trails are a system of lateral trails that will ...