Top Adventures in Escondido

  • Camp at Dixon Lake

    Dixon Lake is Escondido's best kept secret! A man-made reservoir located right next to Daley Ranch, Dixon Lake offers overnight camping, boat rentals, fishing, and hiking, along with picnic areas, a kids park, and more.  The campground is open yea...

    2.1 miles 295 ft gain

  • Hike Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

    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 o...

    7.36 miles 1150 ft gain

  • Day Hike Elfin Forest

    Elfin Forest is one of the most beautiful and unique trails in all of San Diego, CA. The parking is free as well as the overflow parking area. There is an Interpretive Center located in the staging area where you can speak to park rangers, learn a...

  • Hike to Battle Mountain's Cross

    When it comes to Rancho Bernardo, most people overlook this "mountain" because of its size compared to Mule Hill and other neighboring peaks. The trailhead begins between two residential houses but is fairly easy to find and tackle in less than an...

    0.42 miles 803 ft gain

  • Hike the Double Peak Trail

    The Double Peak Trail in Lakeview Park is a moderate hike, good for most skill levels and families. Discovery Lake is the best starting point. When you reach the top, your efforts will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape...

    4.1 miles 1003 ft gain

  • Hike the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

    Starting at the trail head where you park your car, head south along the Green Valley Truck Trail. After less than a mile, you will notice the city and noise start to fade behind you, and a beautiful sight of towering oaks, willows, and sycamores ...

    5 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Woodson & Potato Chip Rock

    Mt. Woodson is located in Poway's most eastern region and is one of San Diego's most popular and most iconic hiking trails. Known for its grand photo opportunistic "Potato Chip Rock", Mt. Woodson is a 7.5mi out-and-back trail with amazing vistas, ...

    7.5 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hike Miner's Ridge Loop Trail to Black Mountain Peak

    The Miner's Ridge Loop Trail is relatively mild 4.5 mile out-and-back loop that takes you to the 1554 foot summit of Black Mountain Peak.Even from the parking lot, the views to the east are stunning. Get there early in the morning on a clear day, ...

  • Relax at Lake Poway

    It costs $5 to enter the park and they are open 6am to sunset everyday. There is plenty of parking and this park is huge! This place has so many outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, running, archery, feeding ducks, or just havi...

  • Catch a Sunset at Twin Peaks Mountain

    Start by parking at Silverset Park. You will see the trail head for Twin Peaks just behind the park. Park outside of the park if you think you'll be staying past sunset, as the park gates close at dark! Once you spot the trail head, veer left to t...

    2 miles

  • Hike up Black's Mountain in San Diego

    Starting at the trail head at the end of Oviedo way, you will see a power line on top of the small hill across from the rec center, which is the start of the South Point View Trail. Follow this trail about a mile until you see a sign for the 'Litt...

    5.5 miles 1554 ft gain

  • Hike the Nighthawk Trail Black Mountain Loop

    The Nighthawk Trail / Black Mountain Loop is a great alternative to Torrey Pines that is slightly less crowded. If you choose to hike this trail at night, the city lights are relatively romantic.  Bring lots of extra water and consider grabbing a ...

    5.5 miles 1268 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Valley Center, California

      Chandelier Springs Stream

      Perfect summer backcountry campsite. Long, difficult hike, very private.

      From $75/night

    • Valley Center, California

      Chandelier Springs

      Remote and picturesque campsite surrounded by Manzanita, Sage, and Live Oak trees. Hiking on property includes trails through a year round stream with waterfalls. World class biking opportunities. ...

      From $130/night

    • Encinitas, California

      Outsite // San Diego

      Outsite Grandview is located on Lorraine Drive, with a coworking space offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. There are 3 private rooms, 3 shared rooms and 2 bathrooms in this house. There’...

      From $60/night

    • San Diego, California

      Straw Bale Farmhouse

      This unique ecological cottage has a kitchen, fireplace, private bath area, private south facing patio and access to fresh garden food. Bring a moderate sense of adventure, a taste for Glamcampin...

      From $135/night

    • Palomar Mountain, California

      Fry Creek Campground

      Overview Fry Creek Campground is situated in the heart of Cleveland National Forest, uniquely located down the road from the world-famous Palomar Observatory. The fresh, clean air of the campground...

    • Palomar Mountain, California

      Observatory Campground

      Overview Science buffs and families are drawn to Observatory Campground for its proximity to the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center of astronomy research operated by the California Institute...

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