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20 Best Hiking Trails in San Diego

20 Best Hiking Trails in San Diego

Apr 17, 2018

Here in San Diego, physical fitness is part of the culture. Local residents and visitors alike often take to the outdoors to get their exercise. We have some of the best hiking trails in the region here, giving you a great chance to enjoy our beautiful weather. Here’s a list of some of our favorite trails to get you started. 

1. Torrey Pines State Park 

Torrey Pines State Park is home to a wide variety of best hiking trails around, the vast majority of which are 2 miles in length or shorter. The trails range from easy to challenging so there is something here for all skill levels. 

2. Mission Trails Regional Park 

You’ll find a broad range of trails at this regional park, encompassing all skill levels. Bring along a picnic lunch and make a day of it with your family. Many of the trails are quite short so you’ll have plenty of time to try out a few. 

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3. Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail 

The Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail will take you up close and personal with some of the region’s most beautiful plant life. This easy trail is accessible to all skill levels, even children, so bring the whole family along for a day of exploring. 

4. Sunset Cliffs Park Trail 

This picturesque trail takes you along the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Expect to enjoy some incredible views. The trail is dog-friendly and easy enough for beginners so feel free to bring your furry friends along to join in on the fun. 

5. Cowles Mountain 

This moderately difficult trail is one of San Diego’s most popular hikes. It is a bit steep and challenging, but you will be well rewarded when you reach the peak. This is the highest point in San Diego, a destination that will treat you to spectacular views of the city and the surrounding area. 

6. Lake Miramar Trail 

This 5-mile loop takes you along the shores of Lake Miramar. The trail is easy to navigate and suitable for all skill levels. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept on leashes. 

7. Iron Mountain Trail 

This trail starts out relatively flat but begins to get steeper further along. Beginning hikers can stay on the main trail, while more advanced trekkers can increase the difficulty by taking a number of side trails along the way. 

8. Tecolote Canyon Trail 

Despite the fact that the difficulty level is only moderate, this trail sees far less foot traffic than many of the other options. With any luck, you may even have this trek to yourself. Be sure to take the time to check out the beautiful native plants that line the trail. 

9. Cuyamaca Peak Loop Trail 

Cuyamaca Peak offers several trails to get to the top. You can choose the best one for your skill level. The views from the top are quite incredible so don’t forget to bring along a camera to capture the sights. 

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10. Bayside Trail 

This picturesque trail takes you along the bluffs of the San Diego Bay, culminating at the Cabrillo National Monument. This trail is suitable for all skill levels and is open year-round. 

11. Lake Poway to Mount Woodson 

Known for Potato Chip Rock, a thin outcropping at the peak, this trail attracts tons of hikers who wish to defy death by sitting or standing on this paper-thin slice of rock. It is important to note, though, that the trail is very steep and suitable only for experienced hikers. 

12. Nighthawk Trail Black Mountain Loop 

This beautiful loop trail takes you throughout the Black Mountain Open Space, giving you the chance to take in the beautiful wildflowers that grow there. This fun little trek is great for children and pets so bring the whole family along for your hike. 

13. Cedar Creek Falls to Devil’s Punchbowl 

This challenging trail leads to the Devil’s Punchbowl, a large swimming hole at the end. Take care, because the way back to the trailhead is all uphill. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks to get you through. 

14. Seven Bridge Walk 

Although not a hiking trail per se, this is a great walk that takes you all over the city. Don’t forget your camera so that you can commemorate your visits to each of the seven bridges that make up the loop. 

15. Double Peak Trail 

The first mile of this trail is paved, making it suitable for all skill levels. After that, the route is unpaved, upping the difficulty level to moderate. When you reach the peak, you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the North County area. 

16. San Clemente Canyon Trail 

The San Clemente Canyon Trail follows the CA-52 freeway, but you’d never be able to tell from the solitude along the trail. This trail is suitable for all skill levels and totals less than 3 miles to the end and back. 

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17. Three Sisters Falls Trail 

This is one of the most difficult trails in the region and is intensely steep and rocky. However, those who are up to the challenge of boulder-climbing will be rewarded with stunning waterfalls at the end. 

18. Point Loma Tidepools and Bluffs Trail 

This is a great trail for ocean lovers as it takes you along the coastline. Be sure to stop and check out the marine life that lives in the tidepools, including sea urchins, anemones and more. All ages can handle this easy trail. You may even see some dolphins splashing out at sea. 

19. Chollas Lake Park 

This easy loop trail is accessible to those of all skills levels. Be sure to arrive early, though, as all of the parking spots get snapped up quickly. 

20. Balboa Park Trails 

Balboa Park is a stunning section of greenery in the heart of the city. Bring along your dogs and kids to enjoy this easy trail with you, but be sure to keep your pets leashed. 

Take a Break from Hiking 

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