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North Shore Trail

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  3.0 from 4 votes
green  Easy from 3 votes
Rank: #12 in the Escondido area
#546 in CA, #6,030 Overall
Views: 466. Last 30 days: 22
Oct 26 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Escondido,
“Great all around trail for all abilities.”
David Hekel on Jun 24, 2013
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8.814.1 milesKilometers 325’99 m Ascent 463’141 m High 1% Avg Grade (1°)
Doubletrack Type -243’-74 m Descent 325’99 m Low 12% Max Grade (7°)
1:52 average time for 16.9 miles. Details

The San Dieguito River Parks North Shore trail system surrounds Lake Hodges in North County San Diego. Year round good riding in the scenic California inland valleys.

The North Shore trail is a hard pack mostly doubletrack trail with some tight singletrack for a couple of miles before you get to Lake Hodges Dam. Most of the trail is beginner to intermediate with some technical areas. This is the most popular trail within the SDRP due to it's ease of riding and close proximity to trail heads and staging areas.

If you want to see Lake Hodges this trail will take you on a tour of the whole North Shore. If your feeling hungry along the way stop at Hernandez Hideaway a nice little Mexican restaurant just off the trail on the way towards the dam.

If your looking for a longer ride keep going past the dam and link up to the Del Dios Gorge/Santa Fe Vly trail.
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PHOTOS of North Shore Trail
  3.7 from 3 votes
Bernardo Summit trailhead. (Escondido, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
View of Del Dios Gorge from Lake Hodges Dam. (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
North Shore Lake Hodges Trail meadow. (Escondido, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Upper trailhead for North Shore Trail (Escondido, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Lake Hodges from North Shore Trail (Escondido, CA)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Shoreline view. (Escondido, CA)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Upper easement trail. (Escondido, CA)
  2.3 from 3 votes
The big dipper. (Escondido, CA)
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