Hiking near San Diego, California

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South Fortuna via Jackson
South Fortuna via Jackson
San Diego, California, United States (9.1 miles away)
 
5.3 mile trail in Mission Trails Regional Park near San Diego, California

This hike is about 5.3 miles long and located near San Diego, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day
Sweetwater Reservoir to Cactus Hill
Sweetwater Reservoir to Cactus Hill
San Miguel Ranch, California, United States (9.3 miles away)
 
Moderate 5.1 mile hiking and riding trail near San Miguel Ranch/Bonita, California.

Sweetwater Reservoir to Cactus Hill is about 5.1 miles long and located near San Miguel Ranch, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. A great hike close to town but with the wide open spaces and views most hikers crave. The trail starts at the Sweetwater County Park and parking for day use is free. While you feel...
Cowles Mountain to Pyles Peak
Cowles Mountain to Pyles Peak
Santee, California, United States (11.3 miles away)
 
Difficult: 8.0 miles, 1-3 hours
This is the Cowles Mountain Region of the Mission Trails Regional Park. This is an intermediate to advanced ride.

Mission Trails Regional Park is a short distance from downtown San Diego and provides easy access for those who live near San Diego. With over 40 miles of trails, it is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. In this ride guide, I describe the trails in the Cowles Mountain Region. I rate this ride as intermediate to advanced due to the...
La Jolla Shores, Scripps Pier and Two Swings
La Jolla Shores, Scripps Pier and Two Swings
La Jolla Shores, California, United States (11.3 miles away)
 
Difficult: 1.6 miles
A walk from La Jolla Shores Beach to Scripps Pier, across a pedestrian bridge to two hidden tree swings.

La Jolla is the jewel of San Diego County. There are pristine beaches, tourist-friendly seals, world-class restaurants and theatre and great architecture. On this tour, we start at the Kayak Launch site and travel north to Scripps Pier, duck into the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, climb some (OK, a lot of) stairs, cross a beautiful bridge and...
San Miguel Mountain
San Miguel Mountain
Eastlake, California, United States (12.6 miles away)
 
Challenging 4.7 mile hike up to the top of San Miguel Mountain near Eastlake, California with great views of San Diego.

San Miguel Mountain is about 4.7 miles long and located near Eastlake, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This is one of the most challenging hikes I've done in San Diego. They way up is very steep and there aren't any switchbacks. This is a hot hike, as there is no shade, so best to do it on a cool day and start...
The Beach Trail at Torrey Pines State Beach
The Beach Trail at Torrey Pines State Beach
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, California, United States (15.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 1.7 miles, 1 hour or less
0.75mi geological walk through a sandy trail down to the beach

The beach trail brings you from the parking lot across the lodge from the bluff down to the beach. You can choose to visit the Red Butte, the Razor Point and the Yucca Point trails along the way. Of the other trails, this trail seems to provide the most complete walk through of geological features discussed in the park's "Geology Walk" article; it...
Los Penasquitos Canyon
Los Penasquitos Canyon
Mira Mesa, California, United States (15.6 miles away)
 
6.1 mile trail near Rancho Penasquitos, California

Los Penasquitos Canyon is about 6.1 miles roundtrip from the staging area to the waterfall and located near Carmel Valley/Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa, California. The trail is great for hiking, mountain biking, and horse back riding, and can take 2-4 hours. This is a generally flat hike that you can make as long or as short as you like. There...
High Point and Parry Grove Trail
High Point and Parry Grove Trail
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, California, United States (15.3 miles away)
Moderate: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
Whitaker Garden and then 0.5mi steep hike up and down the hill at Torrey Pines State Park

The Parry Grove trail is a short 0.5 mile loop that starts on the side of the Torrey Pines Park Road, across from the stairs leading to High Point. Starting from the trailhead, walk through the Whitaker Garden area, where you will find the names of many plants in the area. The loop part of the trail is a steep descent down to the grove with a bench...
Dust Devil Nature Trail
Dust Devil Nature Trail
Del Mar, California, United States (18.3 miles away)
1.3 mile nature trail near Carmel Valley, California.

Dust Devil Nature Trail is about 1.3 miles long and located near Del Mar/Carmenl Valley, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1 hour or less. An easy, flat walk near the San Dieguito Ecological Preserve. The trail is flat and hard packed so good for kids and older folks with limited mobility. There are a couple ponds which...
Hollenbeck Canyon
Hollenbeck Canyon
Jamul, California, United States (19.6 miles away)
Moderate: 4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
A beautiful canyon just east of San Diego, California

This trail is out-and-back, not a loop, and is 2 miles in one direction, or 4 miles round trip, and it is easy to moderate. If you are hiking after recent rains, the landscape will be green and lush, but also make the creek crossings (3 total) treacherous. The trail continues past the recorded route if you wish to extend the hike. The whole area...
El Cajon Peak
El Cajon Peak
Lakeside, California, United States (21 miles away)
 
Difficult: 11.8 miles, Half day
11.8 mile trail near Lakeside, California

This is an out and back hike of 11+ miles with a nice side trip to the El Capitan cliff area if you've still haven't had enough (14 miles with the side trip).  There are some nice views and some interesting points along the trail including an old mine shaft and what looks like either an old military or fire vehicle.
Elfin Forest Hike
Elfin Forest Hike
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, California, United States (26 miles away)
 
6.8 mile trail near Escondido, California

Elfin Forest Hike is about 6.8 miles long and located near Escondido, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours
San Bernardo
San Bernardo
Escondido, California, United States (25 miles away)
 
Moderately strenuous 7.3 mile summit trail near Escondido, California just off I-15.

San Bernardo Mountain is about 7.3 miles long and located near Escondido, California. The trail is great for hiking, mountian biking and bird watching and normally takes 3-4 hours. Great hike just off the I-15 in Escondido. Hike past Lake Hodges and up a mountain for views of the surrounding area. We hiked on a misty/hazey morning so the weather...
South Carlsbad State Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach, California, United States (29 miles away)
 
Easy: 3.9 miles, 1-3 hours
This San Diego beach is popular for surfing, fishing, skin diving and camping. This guide takes you from end to end.

South Carlsbad State Beach is a great stretch of bluff-lined beach that makes a beautiful place to amble about, exploring the beach, enjoying the sunshine and the ocean breezes. At low tide, the beach becomes a broad, almost level expanse of sand strewn with seaweed, sea shells, well worn beach stones and other treasures. This walk will take you...
North Clevenger Canyon Trail
North Clevenger Canyon Trail
San Pasqual, California, United States (29 miles away)
 
5.2 mile trail near San Pasqual, California just east of the Wild Animal Park.

North Clevenger Canyon Trail is a 5.2 mile long out and back hike and is located near San Pasqual, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This hike is about 5 miles east of the Wild Animal Park directly off the 78 Hwy. You start off heading down to a creek and then up up up to great views of the surrounding mountains...
Horsethief Canyon
Horsethief Canyon
Alpine, California, United States (29 miles away)
Great 3.3 mile trail to a swimming hole near Alpine, California.

Horsethief Canyon is about 3.3 miles long and located near Alpine, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This is a great, short hike down to a small swimming hole surrounded by rocks. There is some shade on the trail, but not much. When we were there (early June 2012) the water at the deepest came up to my neck....
Mt Gower Open Space Preserve
Mt Gower Open Space Preserve
Ramona, California, United States (30 miles away)
Moderate: 7.5 miles, Half day
Typical San Diego terrain, 7.5 mile hike near Ramona, California. Share the trail with a few friendly horseback riders.

Mt Gower Open Space Preserve is about 7.5 miles long and located near Ramona, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. The trail starts off pretty flat with a shorter option to head to the view point (also tracked here). There weren't very many people on the trail but a few friendly horseback riders. After the first mile...
Lake Calavera Hills Preserve--Carlsbad
Lake Calavera Hills Preserve--Carlsbad
Rancho Calevero Mobile Home Park, California, United States (32 miles away)
6.8 mile trail near Rancho Calevero Mobile Home Park, California

Lake Calavera Hills Preserve--Carlsbad is about 6.8 miles long and located near Rancho Calevero Mobile Home Park, California. The trail is great for mountain biking and normally takes 1-3 hours. A good early morning ride that is close to Carlsbad, CA and not too far east from I-5.  We headed out early (6:00 AM) and started riding at 6:30.  Best...
Corte Madera Summit
Corte Madera Summit
Alpine, California, United States (35 miles away)
Moderate: 6.8 miles, Half day
A gorgeous 6.8 mile trail near Alpine, California. Hike to San Diego's Half Dome with fantastic views the whole way!

Corte Madera Summit is about 6.8 miles long and located near Alpine, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. Start off along an oak lined road and then take a left and head out through San Diego typical shrubbery. When you reach the main saddle you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view of Corte Madera Mountain, which...
Stonewall Peak
Stonewall Peak
Descanso, California, United States (38 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.3 miles, Half day
Stellar views and a variety of terrain in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Want to see some of the best that Cuyamaca Rancho State Park has to offer? Hike up Stonewall Peak and enjoy the view of the surrounding park and nearby Lake Cuyamaca. The hike up the east side is a popular and relatively easy trail. The elevation gain is about 1000 feet, but doesn't seem like it with lots of switchbacks surrounded by Cuyamaca's characteristic...
El Camino Real Award Hike for Cub Scouts from Mission San Luis Rey to Guajome Pk
El Camino Real Award Hike for Cub Scouts from Mission San Luis Rey to Guajome Pk
Oceanside, California, United States (37 miles away)
Easy: 5.4 miles, 1-3 hours
5.4 mile trail near Oceanside, California

El Camino Real Award Hike for Cub Scouts from San Luis Rey de Francia to Guajome is about 5.4 miles long and located near Oceanside, California. The purpose of the El Camino Real Award is to encourage Scouts and Scouters to learn about the history of the California Mission System and the way of life of our earlier settlers. One of the requirements...
Hellhole Canyon Preserve
Hellhole Canyon Preserve
Escondido, California, United States (37 miles away)
Easy: 3.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Easy 3.8 mile trail near Escondido, California.

Hellhole Canyon Preserve is about 3.8 miles long and located near Rincon, California. The trail is great for hiking or horseback riding and normally takes 1-3 hours. An easy hike in an area with blooming flora to enjoy. At the beginning of the hike there are signs that give you information about the area. There are a few loops or hikes you can do...
Kitchen Creek Falls
Kitchen Creek Falls
Boulder Oaks, California, United States (39 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.9 miles, Half day
4.9 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail near Boulder Oaks, California

Kitchen Creek is about 4.9 miles long and located near Boulder Oaks, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-4 hours. This is a moderate hike along the Pacific Crest Trail out to a series of waterfalls at Kitchen creek. The trailhead is just off the highway and easy to find. The terrain and trail are easy to navigate although...
Vulcan Mountain
Vulcan Mountain
Volcan Mountain Preserve, California, United States (42 miles away)
Easy: 3.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Great visitas and Apple Pie near the historic mining town of Julian

Located near the old mining town of Julian, Vulcan Mountain Trail is perfect for sunny winter day, spring or fall hike.  The trailhead is located a few miles north of Julian. The trail follows an old road to the summit, however, about a mile up the road, follow a well marked trail which to the right which parallels the road through old oak groves...
Upper Santa Ysabel Creek
Upper Santa Ysabel Creek
Julian, California, United States (43 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.3 miles, Half day
Great hike near Julian, a 7.3 mile trail near Julian, California. Hike in a amongst the cows and their babies!

Upper Santa Ysabel Creek is about 7.3 miles long and located near Julian, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 3-4 hours. This hike starts off near a creek and continues through a grassy meadow with lots of cows enjoy the local fare. The hike is mostly flat with a steep incline to the top which has great views of the surrounding...