Lake Hodges Pedestrian Bridge Trail: Escondido, CA

Trail Stats

1.75 miles
Elevation Gain
121 feet
Total Time
14 minutes
Moving Time

Lake Hodges Pedestrian Bridge Trail is a 1.75 mile trail with 121 feet of elevation gain and is part of San Dieguito River Park located in Escondido, California. This is a nice quick trail that can be walked or biked and part of huge trail system that you could make longer to match your needs.

Parking & Getting There

At the start of this trail there is a decent size parking lot. During the week this parking lot will most likely have spots available. On a beautiful San Diego weekend, you might have to wait for parking or find somewhere else. This is a very popular location which can make parking harder when everyone else thought it was a nice day to head to Lake Hodges as well.

Directions to parking: Google Maps

Lake Hodges Pedestrian Bridge Trail Parking
The trail is represented in Green and the parking in Red.

The Trail

This trail is a very small part of a much larger trail system at Lake Hodges. This segment is a very popular portion of this park. While walking or biking from the parking lot to the bridge make sure to watch your surroundings and share the pathway. I tried to make an extra effort slow down and create as much space between others on the path to be safe and prevent any accidents.

This trail was very easy to follow, especially using the AllTrails app. You wont find signage that shows you this exact path so make sure to do your research before hand. For this trail though, it is very easy to follow along. even if you make a wrong turn, work your way back to the bridge, then the parking.

While you are on this trail you will find that there is not any shade. Escondido can be very hot so make sure to plan your adventure accordingly. Bring plenty of water for you and your pets. If it’s too hot, adventure somewhere else or come back a better day.

The best part of this trail was the bridge crossing. It provides some beautiful views and a nice breeze while crossing. Make sure to take some time to enjoy as you are crossing.


Overall Lake Hodges Pedestrian Bridge Trail is a wonderful trail to explore while in the area. Seeing that I was on a bike, I made this apart of a much larger ride. This trail alone would not have been enough of a bike ride. This would have been an enjoyable walk, minus the final ascent back to the parking lot.

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Wrap Up

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