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Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!

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**We are not giving directions to the Lake Hodges Dam**

Lake Hodges Dam is a multiple-arch dam that sits on the San Dieguito River. It was commissioned by the Volcan Water Company and designed by John S. Eastwood. It was completed in 1918, and later purchased by the city of San Diego. Water from the Lake Hodges Reservoir services the customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District and the San Dieguito Water District.

Personal Experience: I am putting this spot up here for historical reference, and not encouraging people to actually explore it. This spot is very dangerous and serious injury or death could occur. This is also a private property area and trespassing is strictly prohibited. With that said, I will let the photos speak for themselves.

You will walk by the old flume:

 

Near the flume we found some old ruins and a tunnel:

The top is super-high!

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  • Jonathan
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    Ive been here a few times except I came from the other side. After hiking on the mountain. Its pretty sketchy over there. But its also pretty cool.

    July 12, 2013

  • Cynthia
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    This looks so badass! Can you please tell me how to get here?

    September 15, 2013

  • Jesse
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    How much time would you suggest is needed to head to the dam and back? And where should we park to get to the dam? Thanks in advance for your help!

    September 16, 2013

  • To Jim
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    Can you elaborate?

    December 6, 2013

  • jim
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    body was stashed in the pond by the bottom and guns were stashed sround there as well

    December 6, 2013

  • jim
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    you don’t want to encounter the ones who go there

    December 6, 2013

  • Admin
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    Thank you for the tips! Just explored those ruins too! I will be posting that shortly. I had forgotten about that ship. Must be explored during low tide. So cool.

    December 7, 2013

  • Angel
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    Was pretty cool, went out there today but didn’t have much time to explore. Maybe about 20-30 mins we saw a security guard watching the area and there are ton of no trespassing signs. Got some awesome pics but got outta there Asap so we would not get caught..

    January 21, 2014

  • Student Filmmaker
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    Me and some friends are looking to film a short film down here within the coming weeks… Do you think it’d be safe as far as security guards and possible homeless people being there goes? We would film around 7-10pm

    January 5, 2017

  • Patti
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    How do I get to the dam I am on Del dios highway sw

    July 15, 2017

  • Anonymous
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    How do I get to this location?

    May 10, 2020

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