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Lake Hodges - South

Average Rating:    (2.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Moderate single-track and easy walking trails. Not very well marked.
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Latitude
33.05104752274869
Longitude
-117.07657814025879
Trail Directions
I-15 North towards Escondido, exit Pomarado Rd/West Rancho Bernardo Road. Take West Rancho Bernardo Road west. Trail head and parking across from retirement home. Back entrance for Rancho Bernardo locals - Trailhead at Pablado and the river (just south of Matinal Way).
Trail Length
You can get a 10 mile loop
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
San Diego
   


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Review Date
March 6, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: sgtluke ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hodges South contains a large volume of trails compacted into a few square miles. The park is very diverse and accommodates nearly every riding style. In most areas, you will be riding on or above the shoreline, which provides some scenic views. Unfortunately, the park is unmarked and takes months of exploration to truly experience everything that it has to offer. Because all trails are in close proximity, you also may find yourself riding over the same ground in order to get to the desired area. Even if you've been before, you will always find something new to explore.

Recommended Route:
From the trailhead on Duenda Road, pass by the waterfall and over the bridge. Once behind the RB Community Park, be sure to attack the two most prominent ridges, as well as search for the sheltered bay in the northwest corner.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hodges North, Noble Canyon



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Review Date
August 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: rodster ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
An aerial photo of my route described below can be found at:

http://img319.imageshack.us/img319/1180/shodges7up.jpg



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Review Date
August 2, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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4.80 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: rodster ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Not a lot of acreage but some fun rolling loops can make for a good aerobic workout. Some trails are awfully overgrown after this winters heavy rains. Watch out for the thistles!

Recommended Route:
My after work "loop" starts on Matinal Road (south of the lake) opposite the school. A trail runs north adjacent to an apartment complex emerging on Poblado Rd by Moon Song Ct. Consult Google Maps for street locations and satellite aerial images. Just beyond Moon Song Ct (far side of Poblado) pick up the dirt trail (again adjacent to some condos) heading further north toward the lake. Once the trail flattens you'll be confronted with several trail options. At this "hub" my choice is to continue in the same general northerly direction then to take the right (slight uphill) singletrack fork that works its way up a small hill past an overlook. There are a couple technical sections on the way down to test your skills. Hang a right at the bottom of this trail and continue along the singletrack (again in a mostly northerly direction) that follows the lakeshore (sort of). This trail can be ridden quite far but it gets increasing narrow and hike-a-bikeish. I bail out early while the trail is still flat at a spot that loops around some oak trees. A short uphill push through an overgrown single track dumps you onto a fire road. Head left on the fire road that rolls up and down before assuming a constant uphill pitch. The single track climb to the overlook is on your left as you ascend. Right before the fire road gets ugly steep make a left turn back down towards the "hub" described earlier. From here take the singletrack heading easterly and descend the switchbacks past the waterfall. Continue on this trail over the bridge and up near the park and the senior center. From this vantage point (looking towards the lake) you'll note a somewhat prominent hillock with a trail laced with wooden water bars climbing the near face. This trailis climbable but I don't recomend bothering as I haven't found any decents of this hill worth the bother. Instead, I opt to skirt to the right of this hill on the fire road width trail. As this trails starts to descend turn onto a singletrack that works itself up the slope to the right. There are a couple of intersections along this trail, but they eventually lead to the top of the ridge. Follow the trail to the left along the top of the ridge. I suggest the righthand fork in the trail as it begins to descend as it seems to be less eroded from the rains. Both forks have some rain erosion ruts that will keep you on your toes. Here some of the vegetation growth makes spotting the trail ahead iffy. Bear left as the trail levels out and follow this trail through the overgrowth and thistle thickets following the lakeshore. You'll emerge from the worst of it at a short upslope easily identifiable by the wooden fence at the top. Once past the fence continue of single track following the lakeshore around that hillock I spoke of earlier. The singletrack eventually plays out and becomes a boring wide fireroad width trail. Follow it back up towards the park and senior center and retrace the earlier route across the bridge to the switchbacks, waterfall and then the trails skirting the apartments and condos back to the starting point.



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Review Date
March 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Don , from San Diego

Summary:
This is a very nice ride. It's not marked well, so just take it and follow the lake. After you ride there awhile, you'll see other riders take alternate trails... check those out and you'll find some nice challenges. Once you get to a boat launch area/parking lot, go along to the right up the road. You'll get to the Del Dios Country Store, where you'll enter some very nice singletrack which will continue until the very end... near the dam. This total out & back is about 15 miles. It's as challenging as you want it. Ride it fast or slow. It's always a good time for me. P.S. There are quite a few riders on Saturday morning... but most of the trail allows for it.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Via Rancho Pkwy. (east side) and go west until you get to the dam (or close to it).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Daley Ranch, Escondido



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Review Date
May 11, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: R.L. , from San Diego

Summary:
Heads south along main trail. Cut west to incline switch back past water fall. Sweep north along choice of fire road(easy) or valley single tracks towards lake. Guide west (left) to lake onto great single switchback trail along lake edge (great technical parctice). COntiue west upward (and down)as far as you can go. Gets chaotic as you go deeper towards the dam. Well worth the quad cramps and technical paractice. Now your ready for Noble canyon (maybe)

Recommended Route:
15 north to the Lake Hodges/Pomerado rd. exit. West to the dirt lot. pull the bikes and ride west, your choice of trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Noble canyon/ Pine Vallley, North & South Eastern Mission trails. UCSD (very short)trails, Anderson truck trails.



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