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Lake Hodges North Side

Intermediate
 4.5 (11)

A beginner trail with some (very) deep descents.


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10.2

Miles

16.4

KM

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Singletrack

458' 140 m

High

324' 99 m

Low

294' 90 m

Up

294' 90 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

The nearby parking lot has a gate to close it; I am not aware of the opening and closing times.

Overview

A combination of the Bernardo Mountain Lake View Trail and the Coast to Crest Trail, running east to west.

Need to Know

You may have a casual encounter with snakes.

Parking is across from the Chevron gas station (just pass the golf club parking).

There are a couple of restrooms along the course.

Description

The trail is about 10 miles long, out and back. There are plenty of hikers—be considerate and control your speed!

As a beginner I was scared by the few (4) downhill sections because they are short and steep (at least for someone starting mountain biking). I followed a more experienced biker and had no issue with them, but I would not recommend a beginner child to start here, while the adults, once they overcome fear, will love it.

The trail is mostly flat terrain and does not require a high level of fitness (although it may be hard for the couch potatoes out there).

Overall, I really liked it, and being a beginner, I appreciated that the downhill is short and manageable.

Contacts

Land Manager: San Dieguito River Park

Shared By:

Carlo Tarantino with improvements by Theodore Barkley and 3 others

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 11 votes

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  4.5 from 11 votes
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Photos

At the Lake Hodges lookout.
Mar 12, 2016 near Escondido, CA
Upper trailhead for North Shore Trail
Nov 10, 2014 near Escondido, CA
A view across Lake Hodges.
May 1, 2017 near Escondido, CA

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Minor Issues 14 days ago
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Mar 11, 2022
Andrew Rummerfield
Delicious — 1h 00m
Mar 6, 2021
Tom Chalgren
very crowded on Sunday mid-morning afternoon. Side trails add fun main trails crushed limestone like a baseball foeld, pretty easy 5mi — 1h 00m
Feb 28, 2021
Douglas Taylor
Jan 1, 2021
Linh Nguyen
Jun 30, 2020
Glenn Cole
dry. some loose sand. 9.7mi — 1h 05m
Jun 5, 2020
Susan Patch
May 28, 2020
Paul Delos Reyes
13.2mi — 1h 45m
Sep 28, 2019
Isaac Jordan
Second ride and went off trail. — 1h 30m