Del Dios Gorge / Santa Fe Valley Trail

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Rank: #9 in the Escondido area
#549 in CA, #6,176 Overall
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Trail in the area near Encinitas,
“A nice flowing trail in the Del Dios Gorge corridor.”
David Hekel on Jun 24, 2013
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4.06.4 milesKilometers 285’87 m Ascent 404’123 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -448’-137 m Descent 96’29 m Low 15% Max Grade (8°)
This is a great little trail in the Del Dios Gorge area. West from the staging area will take you to the switchbacks and the end of the SDRP inland trail system. The trail is hard pack singletrack that cuts threw the bottom of the gorge then back out and up via a series of about 30 continuous switchbacks. Great views of the gorge and a challenging climb.

East from the staging area will take you towards the Lake Hodges dam and join up with the SDRP- North Shore Trail. This direction is a steady climb out of Del Dios Gorge on a single and doubletrack hard pack trail. The climb is broken up in areas by flats and view points making it fairly easy. Good views of the dam are available at the Rattlesnake Viewing Area that also doubles as a cool piece of art.
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PHOTOS of Del Dios Gorge / Santa Fe Valley Trail
  3.0 from 3 votes
Flowers in bloom on the switchbacks of Del Dios Gorge trail. (Solana Beach, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
View of Del Dios Gorge from Lake Hodges Dam. (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Rattlesnake viewing platform in Del Dios Gorge. (Encinitas, CA)