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Double Peak Park, San Marcos

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#421 of 1,108 in Parks in California
Double Peak is located south of San Marcos, California. The elevation at the is summit is 1646ft, and approximately 1,000 feet (305 m) above the north foot of the mountain. Most trails leading to the summit of Double Peak are classified as "moderately strenuous."Double Peak is a popular hiking and biking area due to its many trails and convenient access points. On the north side, the mountain can be accessed by hikers and bikers through Discovery Lake Park, but this trailhead is closed to motorized vehicles. On the south side, the mountain can be accessed by vehicles through Double Peak Drive, extending from the neighborhood of San Elijo Hills. Both the North and the South access trails offer wide, partially paved surfaces. There is also a less-accessible rock and dirt trail which allows summiting the mountain from the East side. The Eastern trail has a steep incline, with rugged, staircase-like rock extrusions and at some points, loosely packed shale. The Eastern trail can only be accessed by following other trails along either the north or south face of the mountain, around to the eastern face of the mountain.Accessing the mountain from the north side, at Discovery Lake Park, a City of San Marcos information sign states that the length of the trail is 2.5mi from the park to the summit.On a clear day, the peak offers views of distant places such as Mexico, Downtown San Diego, San Clemente Island, Catalina Island, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Santa Ana Mountains, and the San Bernardino Mountains.
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  • Unbelievable view. You can drive up or if you want the excersise, hike up from Discovery Lake. Not for the faint of heart. Probably on a clear day the best view in Southern California.  more »
  • Great place to go to get a great view to the ocean (depending on marine layer). Playground portion of the park is a bit limited but still fun for kids.  more »
  • This is the perfect park to check out the best views you can find in the entire county. You can see on a clear day from Mt. Laguna to Catalina Island and all of downtown San Diego. By far a great loca...  more »
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  • The view from this place is stunning. 360deg view covering a wide swath of nearby communities. When the weather is clear one can see from the ocean in the west to the mountains in the east. From Mexico in the south to Camp Pendleton to the north. I never miss an opportunity to take out of town guests up there.
  • Definitely worth the visit. There are amazing 360 views from the top. There are hiking trails, but you can also drive to the top, so it's accessible for all ages.
  • The views are amazing! Can't wait to go back and hike some of the trails. So glad we found this gem!!
  • Great view! Drive up if you're lazy or walk from discovery pond. Nice playground and picnic tables on top as well as a restroom.
  • Excellent view of St Marcos from this plateau on a hilltop. This is the highest point in the entire stretch with clear visibilty of the surrounding landscape with a 360 degree view.

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