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Lake Hodges North

Average Rating:    (3.77 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

Fire roads, leading into single track. Several loops possible of varying lengths up to total of 18 miles or so.
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Latitude
33.065938256310694
Longitude
-117.06799507141113
Trail Directions
I-15 to Via Rancho Parkway East. Turn right on access road just past Chevron station on the east side of I-15. Follow road to the parking lot.
Trail Length
7 miles, 14 miles round trip
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Escondido
   


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Review Date
April 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Roller62 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail mainrenance seems to be limited to the lower part of the Bernardo Mtn trail at this point. The fun little singletrack from the upper creek crossing to the lower creek crossing is still there, but is an absolute poison oak grove, so make sure you are covered or have your Technu handy.



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Review Date
December 17, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: softweyr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There has been some moderately catastrophic "trail maintenance" on the north side of Lake Hodges recently. The upper trail west of Felicita Creek has been seriously dumbed down, the challenging rock garden that lead down the main trail has been bulldozed into a fire road.

Some Boy Scouts built bridges across the upper and lower Felicita Creek crossings, but the bridges are only 2 feet wide. Careful lining up to get on the bridge, my riding buddy Jim fell off the lower bridge last weekend, hit a rock in the creek, and trashed the seat stay on his Turner.

This is still a good ride, I just hope the maintenance crew doesn't keep turning the entire trail system into wheelchair paths.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Same trail heading east, up over Raptor Ridge. The flat part past Mule Hill is a bit boring, but Raptor Ridge never fails to challenge going up and thrill coming down.



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Review Date
February 12, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: FastDDS ,  Racer

Summary:
The Lake Hodges fun singletrack between Hernando's Hidaway and the damn is largely fenced off as of Feb 2006. There is no info on when it will be open again. Hopefully they don't ruin this trail after they are done with the water pipe project. By the size of the bulldozers it doesn't look promising.

On the bright side there is a new trail going through "the Crosby estates" just west of Hodges off of Del Dios Hwy. This trail is a bit hard to find, but worth it. You will need to ride south down an access road at the produce/flower shop on Del Dios (across the street from the Fire Station). Look for the singletrack heading right when you get to a closed gate on the road (at the top of small hill).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Black Mountain
Twin Peaks
San Pasqual River trails
Daley Ranch
Elfin Forest



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Review Date
January 30, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: HuCo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First off, many thanks to Bill of http://www.mountainbikebill.com

I don't know if he is actively managing the site anymore, but it has maps, photos, directions, and descriptions that are extremely helpful.

This trail is a lot of fun!

I have been looking for a fast, fun, ride around here for years, and am thrilled with Lake Hodges. Calavera Lake was OK, but was so heavily damaged by the rains it seems to be unrideable. Flightline is gone too. Dailey Ranch is great, but the best sections involve a lot of climbing.

Lake Hodges is over 18 miles of singletrack and fireroad. The climbs aren't especially difficult, but the trail is in great shape (no six foot deep sinkholes), is suitable for a variety of riders, and a blast to run.

The western end, along the lake as it goes towards the dam, is the best part. Very fast, small up and down rollers. It is very narrow with the fence up, so be careful for riders coming the other direction. I was there from 9-11 on a Saturday morning, and there were a lot of other riders, but it never felt crowded. Only one near-collision.

Recommended Route:
Follow the directions on mountainbikebill.com I started at the Park and ride next to the McDonalds, and that seemed fine. I didn't do the Bernardo Mountain climb, but want to work up to it. Take the singletrack (the high road) as close to the top as you can go, then turn around and run all the way to the boat ramp. There are a few more singletracks that aren't on his map that were fun too.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dailey Ranch



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Review Date
December 10, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Lawrence ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
See posts below. Last post in series.

Recommended Route:
Advanced: Start at the cul-de sac on Sunset, off of I-15. Take the main trail to Felicita Creek. Cross the creek, up the hill; take the singletrack dead ahead when the fireroad veers left. This singletrack is a narrow, twisty, rocky, overgrown climb through the woods, and is a blast. Take the trail to the left after about 0.4 miles (estimated), climb up, and go right at the T-intersection. Continue on this trail as it first gently, then steeply, climbs Bernardo Mountain. You'll ride up narrow, rolling-rocky, sometimes lung-busting climbs. It gets more technical the closer you get to the top. Pause at the viewpoint about 2/3 of the way up. If you can make the climb past the water tank, you rock! Look around at the top for a few minutes - you've earned it. You can see from the ocean to the Cuyamacas. Take the trail back down for a fun, rocky, technical downhill. Do any of the other Hodges trails if you want more mileage.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
See posts below.



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