The City of San Marcos has an extensive network of hiking, walking, and biking trails. One of the most popular routes in the area is this hike up to Double Peak, a small, local park with an impressive panoramic view.
We began at Lakeview Park in San Marcos. The small parking lot was full, so we had to find a spot out on the street. It was pretty busy on a beautiful Sunday morning. I suspect that everyone, like us, was looking to get their excursion done early before the heat kicked in.
At this point the the cement gave way to a neatly manicured dirt walking path that passed right through a row of houses. This certainly wasn’t a wilderness hike, but I consoled myself with the knowledge that if I managed to get bit by a rattlesnake today, the ambulance should arrive quickly.
We continued up the trail along the road, trying not to peer into people’s backyards. Whenever I’m on one of these trails that goes right by people’s houses, I always wonder if it’s cool to have a trail so close, or just annoying to have so many weirdos walking by your house all the time. But the awkwardness quickly concluded as we crossed the street and picked up the trail on the other side, leaving the residential area behind.
The trail led up the hillside beyond the homes. We could see evidence of last year’s Cocos fire that burned through much of this area. A layer of green beneath the blackened brush showed the recovery was already underway.
There were a number of people milling about at the top with us. A handful were obviously hikers like us, but many people had clearly just driven to the top. We hung out for a bit and ate some snacks, then made our way back down.
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Take I-15 to 78 West. Take the Twin Oaks Valley Road exit. Turn left onto N Twin Oaks Valley Road and continue for approximately .8 miles. Turn right onto Craven Road and continue for approximately .6 miles. Turn left onto Foxhall Dr and continue for approximately .2 miles. The entrance to Lakeview Park will be on your right as the road makes a sharp 90 degree bend to the left. map
|Total Distance:||4.25 miles|
|Total Ascent:||1023 feet|
|Dog Friendly?:||Leashed dogs allowed|
|Bike Friendly?:||Bikes allowed|
|Facilities:||Bathrooms and water available at park|