San Diego Trails: Mule Hill Trail

San Diego Trails: Mule Hill Trail

Mule Hill Trail in Escondido has a great history, yes, there’s a historic tale behind the trail. The trail follows a beautiful path through grasslands with the odd boulder thrown in for good measure, around the north side of Lake Hodges (formed in 1918 by the San Dieguito River dam).  The Mule Hill Trail actually forms a part of the San Dieguito River Park, connecting with the San Pasqual Valley Agricultural Trail, in actual fact, both trails form a small portion of the much longer 55 mile  Coast to Crest Trail – but that’s another story, for now we’re only interested in the Mule Hill Trail.

Mule Hill Trail part of the trail is only around 1 and a half miles long before it becomes the San Pasqual Trail, but along it’s length there are lots of placards telling all about it’s history. It’s certainly a great way to spend a couple of hours, hiking, cycling or horseback riding in the beautiful countryside while learning all about what went on in years gone by.  I won’t spoil it for you, you’ll have to go and find out for yourself, but there are tales of battles and hardship, with the American soldiers becoming short of food and having to eat their mules (that’s where the name comes from).

Mule Hill Trail is a great place to go hiking, jogging, cycling or horseback riding. Allow a couple of hours there and back for the trip if you are hiking (especially if you want to stop and learn about the history), but if you want to go a little further then it’s also great to continue along the San Pasqual Trail. There are also lots of wild flowers and animals to watch out for, jack rabbits and red-shouldered hawks live here, as well as the Golden Eagle.

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