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Coast to Crest Trail - North Shore Lake Hodges

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (51) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great all-around trail for all abilities.


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Map Key

15.6

Miles

25.1

KM

40%

Singletrack

424' 129 m

High

323' 99 m

Low

407' 124 m

Up

407' 124 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly A wide path and an easy grade with beautiful views and access to nearby restaurants and amenities.

Overview

The San Dieguito River Parks North Shore trail system surrounds Lake Hodges in North County San Diego, providing year-round good riding in the scenic California inland valleys. This route is a terrific option for families and riders of all abilities as there are always options to stay on the fire road with access to more challenging singletrack trails, too.

Description

The ride predominantly follows hard packed doubletrack, but there is some tight singletrack for a few 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 its ease of riding and close proximity to trailheads and staging areas.

If you want to see Lake Hodges, this trail will take you on a tour of the whole North Shore. If you're 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 you're looking for a longer ride, keep going past the dam and link up to the Coast to Crest Trail: Del Dios Gorge and Santa Fe Valley to the ride.

Contacts

Land Manager: San Dieguito River Park

Shared By:

David Hekel

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 51 votes

#1

in Lake Hodges

#325

Overall
  4.0 from 51 votes
5 Star
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4 Star
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3 Star
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2 Star
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1 Star
2%
Recommended Route Rankings

#1

in Lake Hodges

#46

in California

#325

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17,738 Since Jun 24, 2013
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Photos

Awesome views of Lake Hodges after the winter rains.
May 4, 2017 near Escondido, CA
At the Lake Hodges lookout.
Mar 12, 2016 near Escondido, CA
Refuel at the Dam
Jan 22, 2021 near Rancho…, CA
Great views at the Dam
Jan 22, 2021 near Rancho…, CA
View of Del Dios Gorge from Lake Hodges Dam.
Jul 2, 2014 near Rancho…, CA
North Shore Lake Hodges Trail meadow.
Nov 10, 2014 near Escondido, CA

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Mar 16, 2021
Tom Chalgren
14.6mi — 2h 23m
Jan 22, 2021
Rich C
Dec 22, 2020
Cody Livingston
10.1mi — 1h 27m
Dec 6, 2020
Zasha Welsh
15.6mi
Oct 10, 2020
Eric Carlson
Jun 6, 2020
Paul Delos Reyes
2h 38m
Jun 5, 2020
Susan Patch
May 16, 2020
Miguel Castro
First ride 15mi