Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

San Diego County, California

Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain1,541ft
Trailhead Elevation369ft
Top1,149ft
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.

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101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"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" Read more
Best Dog Hikes Southern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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"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." Read more
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"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." Read more
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"The massive bulk of Bernardo Mountain rises from the north shoreline of Lake Hodges, almost like a smooth-sided pyramid. The summit area of the mountain was purchased for inclusion in the San Dieguito River Park in 2002, and that gave public access for hikers and bikers. The park, designed to preserve as much of nature as possible within the San Dieguito River/Santa Ysabel Creek watershed, stretches about 50 miles between the coastline at Del Mar and Volcan Mountain near Julian." Read more

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San Diego County
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Dog-friendly
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Moderate to Difficult
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Birding
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Dec 2018