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Double Peak Park

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I am always surprised when I find out somebody hasn't been here or doesn't know what or where this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Teresa S
San Diego, California
Beautiful sunsets

Nice place to stop by for sunset views. The parking lot fills up quickly around that time so you... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
San Marcos, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a 2.5 mils hike starting from Foxhill. The was is part paved and part not but very fine and smoothed out. Most of the walking is up and pretty steep so it maybe a challenge but one worth doing. The downside of this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gedalyahu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am always surprised when I find out somebody hasn't been here or doesn't know what or where this North San Diego County landmark is. Right smack dab in the middle of (above) San Marcos. A beautiful site where you can catch a sunrise or...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Teresa S
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Nice place to stop by for sunset views. The parking lot fills up quickly around that time so you may want to arrive 20 minutes before sunset.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alibi75
Reviewed November 6, 2018

On a clear day you can see: Mexico and the Channel Islands not to mention Lake San Marcos and the mountains to the East. Spectacular view. Drive up or hike up. Rest awhile or have a box lunch. Well worth the time.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bryan G
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Pick a a nice clear winter day and you will have a 360 degree view that includes San Clemente and Catalina Island and the San Gorgonio and San Jacinto Mountains

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Joachim S
Reviewed October 21, 2018

There used to be an old house at the summit I hiked up there many times before the "Park" was built.in the 1990's I have photos of the house with stone sink and tree growing through the middle of the house. Don't know mush about...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank sealerdave
Reviewed October 3, 2018

I hiked up from Discovery Lake in San Marcos! I am 68, and over weight but I made it! It was worth it! 360 degree views .... on a clear day you can see to Mexico south, West to Catalina Island and probably 100 miles...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank R3284OXcynthiav
Reviewed September 27, 2018

A place to visit or a quick pit stop to enjoy a lunch or even just to meditate. There is no entrance fee, to boot. We enjoy coming to the Peak especially, it's just off the main road off, San Elijo Road. The view is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rdoc26
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

This place makes you feel comfortable no matter what mood your in. I like to go before the sun comes up. The view makes you feel confident about you having control of your life. Regardless of how sh;tty you have behaved lately. Once you see...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

This a great place to hike at a moderate level. Plenty of trails and multiple starting points. Can be hot so bring water. Nice resting area at the top and a great place to watch the sunset

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Eric M
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renee g
April 1, 2016|
Response from Rosiethewanderer | Reviewed this property |
I believe the park closes at dusk. I would not want to hike after dark there regardless.
March 1, 2016|
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Response from Michael C | Reviewed this property |
No. There is a gate appx 0.5 mile down from the top of the peak which is closed at dusk by city staff. You can park near the gate and walk up to the park and take in the view though. But get ready for some exercise, it's a... More
August 30, 2015|
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Response from amarion | Reviewed this property |
The trails start at Discovery Lake, which is about 600 feet in elevation. The top of Double Peak is 1600 feet so it's about a 1000 feet of elevation over 2 miles. So round trip is about 4 miles. The trails are well... More