Escondido offers many unique opportunities for the enjoyment of walkers and hikers. Today we’ll highlight just a few of those that are accessible and free to all.
Walking Tours of Historic Escondido
Did you know that thousands of people have been enjoying 60–90 minute, docent-led walking tours of historic Escondido since 1992?
Led by very knowledgeable docents from the Escondido History Center and / or the Escondido Citizens Ecology Committee, five different routes can be explored as their rich history is explained.
Walks are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. A detailed listing of dates, times, and routes, can be found on the Escondido History Center Events page.
Phone inquiries can be made to 760.743.8207.
Parks and Trails
The City’s web site is a great resource when looking for specific amenities offered at Escondido’s many parks and trails. There’s truly something for everyone! Please visit the City's Parks, Lakes & Open Space page for detailed information, or call 760.839.4691.
A visit to the City’s Daley Ranch page, specifically details valuable information about this historical area. Formerly a working ranch, its 3,058 acres are now dedicated to habitat preservation. This vast and unspoiled open space offers unique recreational opportunities for its visitors. It’s truly one of a kind.
While all can enjoy a hike there seven days a week, frequent docent led walks also provide unique opportunities to learn about its rich history and pristine environment.
Whether going there for exercise, or to take a step back in time, or to be close to nature while taking in the stunning views, this is a favored destination by many.
Please note: This is probably not the best destination for those who prefer leisurely walking since the first section of the trail is quite steep. However, once you’ve made it ‘over the hill’, the trails level out considerably. For safety’s sake, please remember to bring your own drinking water, wear sunscreen and stay on the pathways.
Living in the North end of town, one of our favorite walks is around the Brookside Community. While it’s a gated community, walkers are able to enjoy a walking path that goes totally around it.
If you choose to go around the entire perimeter of Brookside, you will enjoy an approximately 2.4 mile journey which includes meandering sidewalks, a dirt path, and even a tree lined wooden bridge. Again, water and sunscreen are advisable.
For those who prefer to remain ‘undercover’ and stay indoors, did you know that Westfield Shopping Center is the ‘trail of choice’ for numerous ‘Mall Walkers’?
For more information, please visit the Concierge booth in their First Level Center Court during store hours (M-Sat.: 11-7; Sun. 11-6). You may also call 760.839-0631 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Realizing that we’ve just highlighted a few of the great walking and hiking areas in Escondido, we hope you’ll ‘step up’ and share your favorites with our readers! Thank you, and now… Let’s hit the trails!
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