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Coast to Crest Trail: North Shore Lake Hodges

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Location
Escondido,  
CALIFORNIA
From You7767.76 Mi
Local TipsThere is a Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings from 10:30-3:30 year round at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, next to the first Sikes staging area.
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2014-07-13
Created ByTracy
Surfaces
  • Soft
Activities
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
Features
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Limited Hours
  • Hills
  • Out And Back
  • Single-Track
  • Technical
  • Family Friendly
Street Crossings
  • None
Max Distance15-39
Volume of Use
  • Steady
DescriptionReady to get in some good varied mileage on soft surface? The North Shore Lake Hodges segment of the Coast to Crest Trail is over 8 miles in length one-way. You can also connect to the Del Dios & Santa Fe Trails to the west, adding almost 4 more miles, or the San Pasqual Valley Trails to the east, adding 10 more miles. Going west on this trail from the Sunset staging/parking area where the pin is dropped, you can also take detours over the 990 ft long David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge (the longest stress ribbon structure in the world when completed in 2009) to the Piedreas Pintadas & Bernardo Bay Trails on the south side of the lake (~3.5 mi single track), and/or up the Bernardo Summit Trail on the north side (1.95 mi). There is a short paved section to begin but then dirt once you get to the bike/ped bridge.

This great recreation resource is most easily accessed from the parking area right off of I-15 at Via Rancho Pkwy. Turn onto Sunset Dr almost immediately off of the fwy exit on the east side (across the street from Westfield North County Fair Mall) and take the road to the parking area at the end of the cul-de-sac (there is also street parking & a second parking area next to the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead). There are 3 other parking areas accessible off of Via Rancho Pkwy & Del Dios Hwy going west.

This is a well-used resource by runners, hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians alike. It is also an active birdwatching area. Restrooms are available along the route in some areas but no water. There is very little shade on this trail, which makes sunloving critters like lizards & snakes happy--be aware!
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