Lake Hodges: Bernardo Bay Loop

San Diego, CA
Length: 2.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 6    Average: 4.2/5]

The Bernardo Bay Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile easy path that travels along the Lake Hodges shore. The path is relatively flat with a few rolling hills and there are a few rocky areas, but overall it is a great hike for beginners with a gorgeous view of the lake. Unfortunately, I would not recommend a stroller on this path. This hike is best to do in the cooler months because it can get hot with its limited shade. This area is great for toddler paced hikes too and there are some places to stop and explore near the water. There is a trail that cuts this loop in half, and there are many connecting trails to make it longer if you wanted to. Friendly leashed dogs are welcome.

The trailhead starts at the back of the parking lot past the gate. There will be many forks and trail intersections, but keep straight on the widest path. This will take you down to the lake which will be on your left. Then you will continue next to the lake until it loops around and will eventually hit the paved bike path. If you want to check out the cool pedestrian bridge you can turn left, otherwise turn right up the hill to head back to the parking lot.

Restrooms: There is a porta potty in the parking lot and on the back side of the pedestrian bridge.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 127 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Fishing, Lake, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, and Wildlife Viewing

Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Hodges on this easy but fun trail!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park in the free dirt parking lot for the Piedras Pintadas trailhead.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 6    Average: 4.2/5]

Hike it Baby member since spring 2016. Current HiB Asheville NC Branch Ambassador. Past HiB San Diego CA and Orange County CA Branch Ambassador, and past National Team volunteer for Community Values, HiB30 Challenge Prizes, Mentor, and Ambassador Continued Education teams.


Trail Head


Trail Map

Getting There

Exit the 15 Freeway on Pomerado Road/ W. Bernardo Drive and turn west on W. Bernardo Drive. You will see apartment complexes on your left, and there will be a dirt parking lot on your right for the trailhead. If you pass the community park you have gone too far.