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Coast to Crest Trail - North Shore Lake Hodges



15.6 mile 25.1 kilometer out and back
40% Singletrack


Ascent: 407' 124 m
Descent: -407' -124 m
High: 424' 129 m
Low: 323' 99 m


Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Trail shared by David Hekel

A great all-around trail for all abilities.

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


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.


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.


Land Manager: San Dieguito River Park

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May 16, 2020
Miguel Castro
First ride 15mi
Mar 22, 2020
Jeff Williams
Jan 19, 2020
Keith ORourke
Trish and I did this together. We didn't finish but made it around 11.5 miles round trip.
Jan 12, 2020
Daniel K
15.6mi — 3h 00m
Sep 14, 2019
Dana B
1h 50m
Jun 16, 2019
Sam Svitenko
Continued past damn for 4 miles then back. Great trail! Great shape! 25mi
Apr 14, 2019
Oscar Bernal
Mar 23, 2019
Chad Teets

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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
North Shore Lake Hodges Trail meadow.
Nov 10, 2014 near Escondido, CA
Lake Hodges from North Shore Trail
Nov 10, 2014 near Escondido, CA
Upper trailhead for North Shore Trail
Nov 10, 2014 near Escondido, CA
View of Del Dios Gorge from Lake Hodges Dam.
Jul 2, 2014 near Rancho…, CA

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