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.
Del Dios Gorge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Sheri McGregor, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Jerry Schad & Don Endicott , 50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press).
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