San Diego Trails: Lake Hodges

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San Diego Trails: Lake Hodges

Lake Hodges is a birdy paradise, so you know what that means, where there are birds there are . . . . . twitchers! Okay, bird watchers to you and me, but twitchers is their real name! Anyway, if you’re a bird lover, or a twitcher or whatever else you like to be called, if you like looking at birds . . . of the feathered variety . . . then a hike to Lake Hodges is definitely for you. Of course, hiking is great for hiking’s sake, but when you’ve got lots of other things to look out for two, double whammy! The type of birds you can expect to see does depend on the season, but let’s go through a few anyway.

Lake Hodges BirdLife

If your lucky you’ll see not only waterfowl gliding and wading along the shores of Lake Hodges, but some pretty interesting characters perched in the trees too. Look out for red headed turkey vultures (in the trees) as well as circling ominously over a carcass.  There could be some song sparrow flitting around the coastal sage scrub and the pure majesty of white egrets paddling along the shores.  Herons, mallard ducks, black American coots, and red-tailed hawks are also on the “to see” list if you’re lucky. Apparently there are more than 200 different bird species who live at Lake Hodges, either year round or just pop along for the winter months, and if you time it just right in the winter you could witness the remarkable spectacle of thousands of migratory birds.

Hiking Lake Hodges Trails

There are a few different trails to choose from when you visit Lake Hodges (lots of people love to hike here, even those without a love of bird watching).  The longest trail is the North Shore Lake Hodges Trail which is more than 8 miles long, but you can easily cut down to 3 or 4 miles if you want something shorter.  The trails are mostly flat and pretty easy to hike.  You can also go boating or fishing on the lake, but you need to sort that out  before you go really.

Finding Lake Hodges Trails

Lake Hodges Trails can start from different points, but one good place is to start towards the end of Rancho Drive, head east off S6 and there’s a great parking lot at the end of the drive, just below the Mexican restaurant. (Not a bad place to come back to after a hard days hiking and bird watching).

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