Hike Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

5.0
7.36 miles 1150 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Robb Keele

This hike, part of the growing Coast to Crest Trail, features amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains. It's dog and family friendly, so pack up all your little ones.

Bernardo Mountain is located on the Coast to Crest Trail in San Dieguito River Park.

The 7.36 mile out-and-back trail to the 1150 ft. summit starts on the east side of I-15. It's a relatively easy hike all the way to the top. It picks up a little once you make it to the Summit Trail junction, where you will begin to gain some elevation. But even this part of the trek isn't all that difficult if you're in moderately good shape.

At the base of the mountain, you're welcomed by the Lake Hodges nature preserve, a beautiful lush, green area that even has a palm tree lined oaisis with a small creek running through it. Further up, the trail becomes more typical of other trails in San Diego with the dense vegetation and chaparral we're all familiar with. At points, the trail overlooks the houses of lucky homeowners whose backyards butt up against the preserve. If you start to feel like your prying eyes are unwelcome, simply look back to the trail ahead and your attention will once again be nature bound.

Once standing atop the peak, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding hills and mountains. Mt. Woodson and Iron Mountain are both visible to the east, and Black Mountain to the South, and Lake Hodges sitting in between.

And remember to sign the summit register to let everyone know what you accomplished on this day.

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Dog Friendly
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Lake
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Fun Hike

Great hike with an amazing view. Took a few hours but was definitely worth it. It's very easy to miss the summit trail head. The sign is facing west on the trail and you come up to it from the east side so it's very easy to pass.

Awesome Hike

It's a long hike, but the view at the end is worth it

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