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Escondido, California

Escondido, California is full of activities and attractions that are perfect for adventurers of all kinds. From scenic trails to must-visit outdoor adventures, there is something for everyone. The best trails and outdoor activities in and near Escondido include Kit Carson Park, Lake Wohlford, Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, San Dieguito River Park, and Daley Ranch. Kit Carson Park is a great spot for hiking, picnicking, and other activities. Lake Wohlford offers fishing, boating, and swimming. Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is great for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. San Dieguito River Park is great for birdwatching, fishing, and kayaking. Lastly, Daley Ranch is great for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. With all these great activities and attractions, Escondido, California is the perfect place for all kinds of adventurers.

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  • Dana Point, California

    Surf Salt Creek

    5.0
    There are two HUGE parking lots off of PCH, so parking isn't an issue (unless it's on a weekend in the summer, then it does get full). This is a paid lot with a few pay stations located around the parking lot, and they take cash and credit/ debit card...you can pay by the hour. Once you find your...
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  • San Diego County, California

    Hiking the Laguna Hills via the PCT

    5.0
    20 mi / 2000 ft gain
    This trail is well-maintained, but gets a little rocky on the PCT, and the Chariot Fire burn-zone between Penny Pines and Hayes peak will have a few downed trees and some overgrown grasses. On the other hand, the trail network of the BLT is confusing to follow as the entire network is named "Big ...
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  • Hemet, California

    Hike South Fork Trail

    5.4 mi / 1056 ft gain
    Begin by following the unsigned but visible trail on the south side of the turnout. You climb steadily through bushes and past granite boulders. At half a mile, you pass over to the western slope of the hill where the trail bends southeast, providing your first look of the river valley far below....
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  • Corona, California

    Hike to Santiago Peak via Holy Jim

    5.0
    15 mi / 4500 ft gain
    When you think of Orange County, you think of beaches, boardwalks, but what you may not know is that there are some great hikes in our very own backyard! My favorite is a fairly strenuous day hiking adventure that only the strong survive. Not to dissuade any interested parties, since this is a ...
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  • Corona, California

    Hike to Holy Jim Falls

    3.0
    2.9 mi / 570 ft gain
    To start, directions on how to get to the trail there are two different ways, the most common , which I will explain, being through Rancho Santa Margarita you will head east on Santa Margarita Parkway, turn left at the dead end (into a parking lot for a shopping center) on Plano Trabuco Road, thi...
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  • Laguna Beach, California

    Laguna Beach Caves

    3.8
    Explore some beautiful caves right on the beach in Laguna. The stairs leading down to the beach are just off the side of PCH at 9th st. You can park anywhere along the PCH on both sides near 9th st. Head down the stairs and the main caves are on the left. To the right there are also some small c...
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Explore Walker Canyon

    4.3
    Walker canyon is within easy driving distance from most places in Orange County and San Diego which makes for a great day trip.  While there is no official parking lot for the trail you will be able to find parking all along Lake Street and Walker Canyon Road.  The trail begins at the corner of L...
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  • Trabuco Canyon, California

    Hike the Bellview to Dove Lake Trail

    2.5 mi / 75 ft gain
    This hike will be about going from the Bellview Trailhead to Dove Lake and back. Note that once you get to Dove Lake there are numerous offshoots that can take you in different directions (you can follow the road into the Dove Canyon housing community, take a paved road back to the Bellview parki...
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  • Laguna Beach, California

    Aliso Peak via the Valido Trail

    5.0
    1.14 mi / 325 ft gain
    The Valido Trail trailhead can be found just off West street off the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Aliso Beach. Park on West Street past the trailhead. The trail proceeds approximate .5 miles till it intersects with the Aliso Peak Trail. Go left .4 miles to the obvious summit and wooden p...
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  • Laguna Beach, California

    Skimboard Table Rock Beach

    Laguna Beach is both the birthplace *and* and the capital of skimboarding, and for good reason: it boasts an impressive array of beaches where (if you know where to look) you can find one where the conditions are right for one of the most difficult but rewarding of water sports. Table Rock is one...
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  • Mountain Center, California

    Lion Peak Trail

    9.39 mi / 1722 ft gain
    Lion Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Mountain Center, California.
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  • Julian, California

    Agua Caliente Hot Spring

    5.0
    1.53 mi / 164 ft gain
    Agua Caliente Hot Spring is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a hot springs located near Julian, California.
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  • Laguna Niguel, California

    Kick Back at Laguna Niguel Regional Park

    This is an awesome tucked away little adventure that will have you occupied all day! With plenty of picnic tables you can be sure to have your own privacy tucked into a corner free from other people. Grab a lake side picnic table or even the numerous ones around the grass fields, they are all won...
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  • Mountain Center, California

    Apache Peak Trail

    9.4 mi / 2966 ft gain
    Apache Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Mountain Center, California.
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  • Laguna Niguel, California

    Dripping Cave in the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness

    4.4
    7.68 mi / 889 ft gain
    Dripping Cave sits tucked away in a corner of Wood Canyon, part of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, and the trail to the cave, while short, requires *at least* a 2.25 mile hike in from the nearest trailhead (West Ridge Trail to Mathis Canyon), though this is less than ideal as that rou...
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  • Laguna Beach, California

    Bodysurf at Aliso Beach

    5.0
    This wave is super fun to bodysurf and shoot photos of when there is a swell. It is a shorebreak so be careful of shallow water and little rocks. It usually isn't too crowded especially on weekdays. Bring your fins and a smile and you have a good time.
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