Double Peak Trail

San Marcos, California 92096

Double Peak Trail

Double Peak Trail Professional Guide

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"As of 2006, a messy old homesite still occupied the summit, along with scattered eucalyptus and olive trees. The foreground landscape will surely change, but the view of distant features likely won’t. On clear winter days you can often see the highest mountain ranges of southern California (San Gabriels, San Bernardinos, and San Jacintos) in the north, and the shining Pacific Ocean in the west and southwest. On days of exceptional atmospheric clarity, add to that list Santa Catalina Island offshore from Orange and L.A. counties, and the Coronado Islands off the northern Baja coast."

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50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"South of the spreading suburbs that cluster along CA 78, a scruffy ridgeline scrapes the southern sky. Topographic maps note the obscure names of its various high points: Cerro de las Posas, Double Peak, Franks Peak, and Mount Whitney (not that Whitney but still the highest of the group). Double Peak, our destination on this hike, is the most hiker-friendly. Its summit lies within a City of San Marcos regional/interpretive park that takes full advantage of the peak’s panoramic view. When the park was completed in 2009, it became possible to drive all the way to the summit from the San Elijo Hills housing development on the south side. Our chosen route, however, goes up Double Peak’s mostly undeveloped north slope and capitalizes on a roughly 1,000-foot elevation change. That is appealing, of course, only if you’re amenable to a bit of vigorous exercise."

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Beautiful vista hike from Discovery Lake. Double Peaks is a San Marcos gem. Nice trails throughout Neighorhood’s and mountains. The views at the top are 360 and breathtaking.

Trail Information

San Marcos
Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
October through June
City of San Marcos
Local Contacts
USGS Rancho Santa Fe
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