Kit Carson Park sits in a valley that is approximately five miles west of where Kit Carson fought in the Battle of San Pasqual. An historical monument showcasing the battle is located on Mule Hill, one mile southeast of the park. One day I will be writing about this battle and Kit Carson, but that will be for another day.
I've hiked this trail multiple times before and would say it's personally one of my favorites in Escondido, although I do not recommend hiking it alone. It does have a rather creepy vibe. If you only hike it once, do it in early spring after a good amount of rainfall.
There's a lot going on in this area so you can hit up multiple spots in one day including Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden. The hike is shaded with trees and there are small details to take note of such as what appears to be old ruins, a swinging rope across a creek, beautiful trees that hang over the trail and more. It's quiet and peaceful. Watch out for poison oak as it's thriving out here!