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Trail of the Month: Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

The challenging North County trek is worth it for the views at the top


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Illustration by Victoria Fernández

Difficulty Level

Challenging, experienced hikers in peak physical shape

Distance

7.3 miles out and back

Good to Know

Dog Friendly Free Parking

Where

Park in the lot on Sunset Drive next to I-15 and take the trail along the highway. At 1.8 miles, turn right to follow Summit Trail to the top.

 

Why We Love It

It takes you past the longest stressed ribbon bridge in the world and brings you away from the highway through beautiful meadows and marshes.

 

Where to Refuel

Get kebabs, gyros, and falafel at Pioneer Organic Cuisine in Westfield North County. Or venture farther to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido) for beers and upscale pub fare on the garden patio.

 

What to Instagram

The view from the very top, where you can sign your name in the summit book and look out at Lake Hodges below.

Photo by @knudson_j

 
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