The Coast to Crest Trail at Santa Fe Valley/Del Dios Gorge

Trailhead location: Del Dios Highway, east of Rancho Santa Fe and west of Lake Hodges Dam.

Directions to Trail From the West: take the I-5 freeway to Via de la Valle. Go east on Via de la Valle then right at Linea del Cielo, which becomes Del Dios Highway. After passing Calle Ambiente, turn right at the fruit stand (“The Lemon Twist”) at 8175 Del Dios Highway. In the southwest corner of the fruit stand parking area, take the trail access road downhill to the trail parking area. From the trail parking area, walk south (up the slope). The trails can be accessed at the top of the slope.  The Coast to Crest Trailhead through the Del Dios Gorge is on the left, and the Coast to Crest Trailhead through the Santa Fe Valley is on the right.

Directions to Trail From the East: take the I-15 freeway, exit at Via Rancho Parkway, head west.  At Del Dios Highway, turn left.  Continue driving past Lake Hodges.  Watch for the fruit stand parking lot on your left, which is across from Cielo Village.  Turn into the fruit stand “The Lemon Twist” parking lot, and then follow the directions above.