The Best Backpacking in Oceanside

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Top backpacking spots in and near Oceanside

  • Escondido, California

    Cougar Ridge to Jack Creek Meadow to East Ridge Loop

    14.58 mi / 2011 ft gain
    Cougar Ridge to Jack Creek Meadow to East Ridge Loop is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Valley Center, California.
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  • Murrieta, California

    Fisherman's Camp Loop and Tenaja Falls

    6.8 mi / 1017 ft gain
    Fisherman's Camp Loop and Tenaja Falls is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Elsinore, California.
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  • Poway, California

    Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake Trail

    5.91 mi / 1027 ft gain
    Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Poway, California.
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  • Escondido, California

    Clevenger Canyon South West Trail

    4.39 mi / 1099 ft gain
    Clevenger Canyon South West Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Ramona, California.
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  • Temecula, California

    Agua Tibia Full Loop Trail

    19.91 mi / 4639 ft gain
    Agua Tibia Full Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Temecula, California.
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  • Temecula, California

    Eagle Crag via Agua Tibia Loop

    25.25 mi / 6053 ft gain
    Eagle Crag via Agua Tibia Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Temecula, California.
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  • Temecula, California

    Hiking the Dripping Springs Trail

    4.0
    12.8 mi / 3200 ft gain
    The trail immediately begins to climb out of the campground on a well-graded incline. The next mile contains some climbing leading to a set of switchbacks. A long strenuous climb ensues until the 3200' elevation is reached. The trail then makes an easy southward traverse to the basin before resum...
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Hike Bear Canyon Trail to Sitton Peak

    6.4 mi / 2200 ft gain
    A MUST hike for any orange country resident! The hike starts of off Ortega HWY 74 at the Bear Canyon Trail head on the same side of the road as the Ortega oaks candy store. Its recommended you park in the lot across the street from the trail head (tip:there is a working water spicket in the parki...
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Hike Sitton Peak

    10 mi / 2037 ft gain
    It's amazing what you can find in your own backyard if you really do you research. In Orange County there are so many awesome hiking options that are often overlooked. The Bear Canyon to Sitton Peak Trail in the San Mateo Wilderness is one of those. Sitton tops out at 3,273 feet and it's a 5 mil...
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls

    8.62 mi / 1598 ft gain
    Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Elsinore, California.
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    San Juan Trail to Los Pinos Trail Loop

    21.79 mi / 5341 ft gain
    San Juan Trail to Los Pinos Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Trabuco Canyon, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    South Fortuna Trail and Fortuna Saddle Trail Loop

    6.06 mi / 1342 ft gain
    South Fortuna Trail and Fortuna Saddle Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near San Diego, California.
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  • Warner Springs, California

    Barker Valley Spur Trail

    7.48 mi / 1145 ft gain
    Barker Valley Spur Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Warner Springs, California.
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  • Warner Springs, California

    Oak Grove Trail to High Point

    13.43 mi / 3655 ft gain
    Oak Grove Trail to High Point is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Warner Springs, California.
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  • Laguna Beach, California

    Big Bend Trail to Old Emerald Trail to Upper Moro Campground

    7.83 mi / 1755 ft gain
    Big Bend Trail to Old Emerald Trail to Upper Moro Campground is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Laguna Beach, California.
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  • Laguna Beach, California

    El Moro Canyon to Moro Ridge Loop

    8.09 mi / 1050 ft gain
    El Moro Canyon to Moro Ridge Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Laguna Beach, California.
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