Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

San Diego County, California

Elevation Gain1,541ft
Trailhead Elevation369ft
Elevation Min/Max369/1149ft
Elevation Start/End369/369ft

Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is two miles long and begins at 369 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,541 feet. The trail ends near Bernardo Mountain (elevation 1,145 feet). There is also a bench near the end of the trail.

Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 as the Coast to Crest Trail, are already open. These and other future sections of the trail will define the main axis of the San Dieguito River Park"

"This hike is an opportunity to sample the Coast to Crest Trail that will eventually stretch 70 miles from Del Mar to the Volcan Mountains overlooking Anza-Borrego Desert.

If you can go to your Zen place just long enough to get beyond the intrusive freeway noise at the start of the hike, the payoff is a jaunt past expansive cactus habitat, across a year-round creek in a palm canyon culminating with 360-degree views from the summit of Bernardo Mountain."

"The trails along the Lake Hodges shoreline have long been popular, and now a route up Bernardo Mountain is attracting attention as well. The bulk of the mountain was purchased for inclusion in the San Dieguito River Park in 2002, so now hikers and mountain bikers (with expert riding skills) can reach the top without leaving public land."

"A summit view encompassing the Lake Hodges reser- voir, plus valleys and mountains as far as the eye can see."

Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail Reviews

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Never made it to the trail as the road (los tules) listed in the book do not exist at the location. Talked to a local sheriff who advised that you may very well be arrested by the local Indian constable for trespassing if you go onto the reservation. After searching on google I found another entry that shows a phone # to call and the proper street name. The print date on my book shows September 2006.
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The recreation area of the Los Coyotes reservation is closed for hiking and camping for the next 1-2 years due to construction. See for more information and updates.

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Trail Information

San Diego County
Nearby City
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
San Dieguito River Park Office, 18372 Sycamore Creek Rd., Escondido 92025; (858) 674-2270;
Local Contacts
USGS Escondido; Coast to Crest Trail Map–Lake Hodges
Local Maps

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Oct 2018