Daley Ranch

Escondido, California 92030

Daley Ranch

Daley Ranch Professional Review and Guide

"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. There are good views of adjacent Lake Dixon as the trail roller-coasters through the Diegan coastal sage scrub ecosystem and into some grasslands. Ponds are sprinkled on both sides of the trail as you meander to the Ranch House, a 1928 redwood building that served as the headquarters for the Daley family dairy. this is a shady, cool place to stop for a break before climbing up the steep Central Valley Loop Trail. As you approach the ranch's northern border, the route unveils a fun, quick singletrack that leads to a steep downhill. afterwards, a more mellow descent past ducks and ospreys returns you to the ranch entrance and the parking lot. It's now just a few minutes drive to a celebratory burrito in Escondido."

Daley Ranch Reviews

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10/15/2012
Good local intow ride. Worth 12 miles of up and down on double track.
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7/27/2008
Daley Ranch is situated as to afford great hiking for North County San Diego and South Orange County residents alike. The trails are well marked and offer a wide range of difficulty levels. With a little planning, one can hike a few miles or several by combining loops, all of which are well documented on the free trail maps available at the main entrance trail head. Because of the presence of a handful of small ponds, early morning treks will provide the visitor with views of several species of birds and an occasional glimpse of coyotes hanging about. Late afternoon and evening walks also bring out the critters which makes any hike more enjoyable. Water is available at the trailhead and at the Daley ranch house. Both locations also provide chemical toilets which can be useful, of course. I also like the varied terrain, ranging from meadows, ridge lines, boulder dells and tree-lined trails. It can get hot during the summer months, so plan ahead and bring plenty of water if you find yourself walking in the middle of the day.
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3/28/2002
This is an excellent park for Bikers, hikers and Equestrians. At the entrance take the main road. It is a leg burner, but it will get you ready for the Boulder Loop trail. Take the first left on to Boulder Loop. You will most likely find yourself walking your bike up the single track, but once you get to the top- the down hill side ranges from steep to gentle tree lined fire road. It's the best downhill in the whole park. Then head over to the Meadow past the ranch house. Pick anyone of the south leading trails and work your way back to the parking lot. Keep an eye out for the coyotes that shadow the trails.
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10/27/2000
Daley is one of my favorite rides in this area. It has a good variety of terrain and gives you an excellent workout. There are many different loops you can combine to made the ride any distance you want. I recently did a 23 mile ride here, combining lots of singletrack, doubletrack and a little paved fireroad. The best way to learn the trails here is to take every one you see, find out where it goes and soon you'll be able to make a good ride. Riding here has made me a better rider with all the climbing. You have to push or perish at this place and almost all of it is ridable in the big and middle rings. Also if you're into rock climbing you can stop and boulder in the southwest portion of the ranch.
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8/29/2000
Daley Ranch is one of my favorite trails. Although be prepared for the killer uphill right from the get go! It has lots of singletrack to explore as well as some really fun fire road with lots of whoop de doos to go flying off of. I wouldn't recommend this trail for a beginner as the large uphills can be discouraging, but the payback comes on the way back down!
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Trail Information

Escondido
Nearby City
12
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
Year-round.
Season
City of Escondido, Daley Ranch
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