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Rancho La Costa Preserve

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10 mi 16 km of trail 3 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 1 Trail Intermediate Trails 9 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

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Recommended Routes in Rancho La Costa Preserve - 3

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Favorite Copper Creek Falls at end of Whiptail Loop
Difficult

Whip tail loop + Copper creek

4.4 mi 7.0 km 692' Up 210.9 m Up 695' Down 211.87 m Down

Lake Sa…, CA
Favorite Horned Lizard Rocky Descent
Difficult

Horned Lizzard to Whiptail Loop

5.4 mi 8.7 km 730' Up 222.39 m Up 729' Down 222.31 m Down

Lake Sa…, CA
Favorite Horned Lizard Rocky Descent
Difficult

La Costa Preserve - South Side Access

8.8 mi 14.1 km 1,216' Up 370.54 m Up 1,216' Down 370.49 m Down

Lake Sa…, CA

Trails in Rancho La Costa Preserve - 8

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Switchbacks
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA 13 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #2Horned Lizard
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #3Whiptail Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #4Denning Road
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.5 mi 0.9 km #5Water Tank Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km #6Diestro Connector
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #7Connector
Easy/Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Copper Creek Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA

Photos of Rancho La Costa Preserve - 14

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Horned Lizard Rocky Descent
Sep 8, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
By far the most technical section that I encountered.
Feb 23, 2019 near Lake Sa…, CA
Copper Creek Falls at end of Whiptail Loop
Oct 17, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
Sitting at the top of Nascar
Jan 11, 2015 near Lake Sa…, CA
The view from the top is worth the climb.
May 27, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
Switchback descent
Nov 12, 2018 near Lake Sa…, CA
Just showing the typical width of the trail with a few steep climbs like the upcoming one in the background.
Feb 23, 2019 near Lake Sa…, CA
Switchbacks Straightaway
Sep 8, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA