Been spending time around Lake Hodges for hiking, running, birdwatching and recently mainly for mountain biking. There are continuous trails near the lake, first on its south, east and north side, then after the dam the trail continues as Del Dios Gorge Trail and even further as Santa Fe Trail (counter clock wise). San Dieguito River Park org provides good information about the trails.
Spring time the lake was full of wide variety of birds. Once summer came, majority of them were gone. However, I've seen on every visit Hummingbirds and Vultures as well as Snowy Egrets. Usually Roadrunners run on hills near Rancho Bernardo Community Park. Hoping more birds will return late Autumn back to the lake. Rattlesnakes are a common view there, too.
About 50km (some 30 miles) loop around the Lake with a mountain bike is tough, though trails near the lake are quite flat, they become tougher after Santa Fe when the trail merges to Lusardi Creek Trail and especially to Lusardi Loop Trail. The loop around the lake one can gain total about 750m in vertical (about 2400 ft), basically all in a fairly short distance.
|Paddling on Lake Hodges|
|A moment in shadow|
|Singletrack trails, my absolute favorite|
|Southern trails, Bernardo Mountain on back|
|A bridge provided by Arnold Schwarzenegger|
|Crossing a creek|
|Lake Hodges towards north|
|'A name to be added' bird|
|Lots of bunnies|
|Once you learn it, it'll be easy|
|Horse riding trails, too|
|Long waited shadow|
|Plants are modest here, it's dry|
|A Roadrunner, live in action|