The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Spring Hiking Near Rancho Santa Fe

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Spring in Rancho Santa Fe is the optimal time to get outdoors and experience some of the sublime scenery that the Ranch and surrounding areas have to offer. Also, it is the perfect opportunity to explore some of San Diego County’s best kept secrets.

Below is a list of some favorite hikes that you and your family might want to try over the next couple months before the weather becomes too hot.

Coast to Crest Trail at San Dieguito Lagoon

The Coast to Crest Trail at San Dieguito Lagoon is an easy 2.20 miles, with relatively no elevation gain, which you can either hike or bike. This trail is part of an on-going restoration project that when finished will span 70 miles from Del Mar to Volcan Mountain. In this segment of the Coast to Crest Trail, hikers can see the Birdwing Open Air Classroom and beautiful lagoon views.

Coast to Crest Trail at North Lake Hodges

This hike is a little bit more strenuous than the Coast to Crest Trail at San Dieguito Lagoon. Spanning 7.95 miles, it is open to hikers, bikers, and equestrians. There is a fantastic creek about midway in and several hills with beautiful scenery. During the weekend, this trail is quite popular and often becomes congested with bikers and hikers, so plan accordingly. Bring plenty of water for this hike!

David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge

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Open from 6am to 9pm daily, the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bridge is the longest stress ribbon bridge in the world! It is open to hikers and bikers, is only 0.19 miles, and is an easy hike for the whole family. The easiest way to access the bridge is to take the West Bernardo Dr./Pomerado Rd exit from the I-15, take West Bernardo Drive, park in the Bernardo Bay Staging Area and walk down West Bernardo Dr.

Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

For a gorgeous 360 degree view of Lake Hodges all the way to the ocean, this hike is for you. This hike is labelled as strenuous but older children can easily accomplish it. Is spans about 7.4 miles with around 900 ft elevation gain. The trail is rocky in sections so be sure to watch your footing, bring plenty of water, and take it slow.