Lake Hodges

3.88 out of 5
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↑ 2,500 ft
↓ 2,500 ft

Out & Back
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Trail Description
About this trail
Once on the trail you have many choices on which way to go. Best route is to take the first climb and follow it around the mountain. You will have many opportunities to break left but wait for about a mile and a half for the decent that goes into the woods. This singletrack is shotgunned with ruts, rocks and a stream crossing. Once across the 10 foot wide stream pay attention and break on the first left which will follow the stream for about a mile with some awesome singletrack with big rocks drops and log jumps. Once you get out of the woods take the right up a very rocky climb and keep to the right for some good jumps and then follow the trails around the lake and then loop back and do it all again. You can average about 20mph on the way back. Enjoy
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (18)

Bunny Hop

April 28, 2019
BryanBaird Bunny Hop  
Review: Some single track, some double, small water, gentle hill. Busy day here on Sunday. Please use a bell or be courteous. Just watched a large group bombing the hill out of 25 of them no bell 2 on your left. Beutiful place, don't ruin it and get it taken away.


August 4, 2018
Mateo Juez Gnarly  
Review: One of the better trails in the area, Hodges has some of the nicest trail surface and flow and easy access from trailheads. It connects with lots of trail and you could explore for days. Theres not good signage so take your app or map. Mostly beginner friendly, but still very fun for more experienced riders


December 5, 2017
BBelfield Gramcounter  
Review: A great place to get some pedaling in as there are few options in the area. You can park across the street from the mall and ride to the dam and back for an almost 30 mile loop. There are few technical features and no real jumps or drops. The south side of the lake is mostly singletrack and it's more fun but much shorter. I recommend starting at the sunset drive staging area and riding the north side to hernandez hideaway for a beer or three and back. It's a good 3 hour ride that way.

Granny Gear

August 2, 2017
Nathan99 Granny Gear  
Review: this trail is fun and is mostly fun which is fun with beginner riders or kids.

Granny Gear

April 3, 2017
Carriero Granny Gear  
Review: One of my favorite areas to mountain bike.

Bunny Hop

April 13, 2016
j1nelsonsd Bunny Hop  
Review: Lots of variety. Bernardo Mountain is a steep rock garden. Be careful as it washes out after rains. Don't bomb down unless you verified the trail is intact. I actually emailed the ranger because there is a 9 foot drop right in the middle of the trail as of the time of this review

Bunny Hop

January 9, 2016
Review: I did the west side of the trail towards raptors ridge with the kids. Great beginners ride. Not alot of hills. Wide path for the kids not to run into anyone.


November 4, 2015
Review: Pleasant XC ride along the lake's edge. Ride includes singletrack, double track and some gravel paths. A few fun rocky spots for beginners or light intermediate types. The return through Del Dios Gorge requires some steady climbing, but nothing to discourage the moderately fit. I prefer it over the trails just south along the I-5 corridor.

Similar Trail: Most the San Diego area beginner trails.


March 19, 2014
k2rider Trailblazer  
Review: Hands down, the go-to BEGINNER area in San Diego County. There is very lil' technical challenge but the views can actually be pretty nice when the lake is full or even better, overflowing over the dam. Beware of a plethora of runners and families out here on the trails, especially on weekends.

Granny Gear

March 16, 2014
Review: Fairly fun trail, mostly along the edge of the lake. Not much in terms of technical but there are a few fun parts. Pretty popular area for hikers, and common dog walkers so be on the lookout. Have fun!

Lake Hodges MTB Trail 3.88 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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