Daley Ranch Combined Trails Loop

Escondido, California 92030

Daley Ranch Combined Trails Loop

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"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 leave out sections for a shorter hike if you prefer."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sheri McGregor
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"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 of a coyote, Engelmann Oak Loop is an easy-to-get-to choice for a family day hike."
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"This hike, which visits a number of ponds and some riparian habitat, serves as a good introduction to Daley Ranch. Get an early-morning start, so as to take advantage of the best bird watching and listening, the solitude, and the cool comfort of the morning air."

Daley Ranch: Combined Trails Loop Trip Reports

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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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3/5/2011
This is a nice trail if you enjoy bird-watching, but other than that it isn't much in terms of wilderness. For the entire journey you can hear the cars on eithe Lake Drive or Del Dios Hwy, really the trail just follows these roads along the lake. There were also a lot of people using the trail, so if you like solitude this isn't the trail for you.
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2/15/2009
Note: trail south of Del Dios is closed due to fire damage. We joined with another family to explore parts of this trail adjacent to the community of Del Dios. A great place for kids to play, to explore and to have a picnic. Several short side trails take you down to the lake shore. Ducks, grebes, coots, cormorants and other birds are plentiful and easily seen. Bring your binos. We looked under a few logs and found some salamanders (Garden slender salamanders: check out this website to identify herps: http://californiaherps.com) that thrilled the kids. It's certainly not wilderness but it is scenic, relaxing and a good romp by the lake.
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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
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
6.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Daley Ranch
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