Del Dios Gorge Trail

San Diego, California 92172

Distance2.5mi
Elevation Gain910ft
Trailhead Elevation362ft
Top419ft
Elevation Min/Max138/419ft
Elevation Start/End362/362ft

Del Dios Gorge Trail

Del Dios Gorge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in San Diego, California. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 362 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 910 feet. Along the trail there is parking.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sheri McGregor
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"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 Recreational Reserve system, which allows for all-day hiking if you choose."
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"On its roughly 50-mile course from the mountain crest near Julian to the beach at Del Mar, the combined Santa Ysabel Creek/San Dieguito River courses through several steep and narrow canyons. The lowest of these, the Del Dios Gorge, is partly inundated by Lake Hodges, a reservoir whose concrete-arch dam began to impound the waters of the San Dieguito River in 1918. Below that dam today, a steep section of the gorge remains in evidence. A section of the Coast to Crest Trail, which will one day stretch the entire length of the San Dieguito River and its main tributary, Santa Ysabel Creek, threads its way right down the gorge."
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Trail Information

San Diego
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level