The city of Escondido lies in a long valley in the coastal mountains of Southern California; 100 miles south of Los Angeles, and 30 miles northeast of San Diego.
The city has a total area of 37.0 square miles. 36.8 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.48%) of it is water.
The Escondido Creek runs through downtown and continue through the Harmony Grove area in the southwest, before emptying into the San Elijo Lagoon. The creek path, a long the city, features a concrete flood control channel and a Class I bicycle path that runs along the channel.
Downtown Escondido has an extension of approximately 460 acres and is bounded by Centre City Parkway on the west (with an additional narrow section extending west along Valley Parkway to Interstate 15); Hickory and Ivy Streets on the east, Washington Avenue on the north, and Fifth Avenue on the south.
The area of Old Escondido features single-family residential housing, and it is bounded by Fifth Avenue on the north, Escondido Boulevard on the west, Chestnut Street on the east, and Thirteenth Avenue on the south.
An excellent place to appreciate the variety of natural vegetation in the area (chaparral brushland, oak woodland, riparian (stream) woodland, and grassland), is the Daley Ranch Preserve, located north of the city.
Escondido has a typical Mediterranean climate, summers are warm and cool, while winters are mostly wet. During summer, temperatures tent to be warmer in this area, than the coastal cities of San Diego, Carlsbad or Oceanside; and cooler in the winter.
The July high is around 87 degrees, while the January low is 42.
The city gets at about 15 inches of rain per year, but that amount varies from year to year, and it is higher in the hills to the north and east.
In most areas above 2,000 feet elevation, the average precipitation is 20-24 inches, and over 30 inches on Palomar Mountain, which is located 15 miles east of Escondido.
The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 44.
Most precipitation takes place from November through March. Winter and springtime thunderstorms drop some hail, occasionally.
On average, there are 266 sunny days per year in Escondido.