San Diego, CA Trails and Parks

San Diego has 88 trails in the vicinity, including 63 hiking trails and 17 for trail running. These trails range from 0.5 to 32.2 miles in length. The most popular trails are Los Penasquitos, Laguna Mountain Recreation Area – Sunset Trail and Cabrillo National Monument. Trails.com member Rene S. recently completed Cedar Creek Falls.
  • Los Penasquitos CanyonView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Crickets sing, cicadas buzz, and bullfrogs groan. A sparrow hawk alights upon a sycamore limb, then launches with outstretched wings to catch ...

  • San Diego Area CampgroundsView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    On Presidio Hill in the city of San Diego stands the Serra Museum. A short distance down the hill, Old Town provides another sense of the state’s ...

  • Cedar Creek FallsView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2½ hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The San Diego River and its upper tributaries drain the pastoral valleys and forested hillsides around Julian, and the rugged western slopes ...

  • El Capitan Open Space PreserveView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    •  6 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    As you walk along the granite-ribbed ridgeline, down the middle of the El Capitan Open Space Preserve, a binational panorama of ocean, islands, ...

  • Cowles Mountain ClimbView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Day hike
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    At an elevation of 1,591 feet, the summit of Cowles Mountain is the highest point in Mission Trails Regional Park and the city of San Diego. ...

  • Cabrillo Tide Pools TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Cabrillo Tide Pools is the only area in Cabrillo National Monument where your dog is allowed. If you visit the other areas of the monument, your ...

  • Los PenasquitosView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  50 minutes
    •  7.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in San Diego near where Interstates 5 and 805 meet. Highlights: Waterfall. Hazards: Several trails closed to mountain bikers. Many violators ...

  • Cowles MountainView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Trail Running  
    •  .5 - 1.25 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    If you are looking for a quad-blasting experience on a short, steep climb, this is it. Cowles Mountain is the tallest mountain in the heart of ...

  • San Clemente / Rose CanyonsView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  17.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The placement of Miramar Naval Air Station and its strict no trespassing policies prevent this 17.1-mile out-and-back ride form coming together ...

  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park TrailsView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  25.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Anza Borrego Desert State Park is one of the “crown jewels” of the California State Park system. At 600,000 acres, this sweep of badlands, palm ...

  • River Mouth - South McCoy TrailsView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Tijuana River National Estuarine Reserve is located south of San Diego and within view of Mexico. The reserve comprises 2,531 acres of salt ...

  • San Diego, CaliforniaView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Up to a week's worth of fun.
    •  Guide

    Glorious weather, a beautiful bay, plus green expanses, lively arts, and festivals combine to make San Diego alluring. Free beaches stretch 70 ...

  • Oak Canyon to Grasslands TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Day hike
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This excellent hike features a rugged canyon, rolling hills, and begins at one of the city’s most historic sites: the Old Mission Dam.

  • Bayside TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Day hike
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    On September 28, 1542, Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo rounded Point Loma and became the first European to enter San Diego Bay. More ...

  • Sunset Cliffs ParkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Sunset Cliffs Park sits on the west edge of Point Loma, a 4-mile long peninsula that looks like a bent index finger. Stretching south from Ocean ...

  • Imperial Beach - Shoreline TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  40 minutes
    •  1.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Imperial Beach is a quiet, low-key beach town with a wide, sandy beach strand south of San Diego. The Tijuana River borders the south end of ...

  • San Diego Mission and Mission Trails Regional ParkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Walking  
    •  Up to 4 hours
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    A two-stop trip, combining Spanish-era history and a sampling of some of the pleasures of 5800-acre Mission Trails Regional Park, one of the ...

  • Mission Trails Regional ParkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  9.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a good choice for those of you stuck in the city. Just 8 miles from downtown San Diego, this 5700 acre tract is one of the largest urban ...

  • Los Penasquitos CanyonView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an easy, out-and-back, 12-mile round-trip ride. The terrain is gentle over an unpaved two-wheel-drive road that is in good condition ...

  • Famosa Slough TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  45 minutes
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    City dwellers in their rush-a-day life drive right by this tiny (37-acre) wetland ensconced in urban development, but for those who pause to ...

  • Coronado FerryView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    After taking a ferry to Coronado Landing Park, walk along the harbor to observe scenic San Diego Bay with the sparkling city as a backdrop. Wander ...

  • Lake MurrayView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Fresh breezes and sparkling lake views all along the route; superb bird-watching opportunities.

  • Tecolote CanyonView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Day hike
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Located minutes from downtown, Tecolote Canyon Natural Park is a peaceful refuge in an urban jungle. Although the sprawl of the city is never ...

  • Mission Trails Regional ParkView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  8.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Situated in Mission Trails Regional Park, this ride allows cyclists to experience both San Diego's past and future in a fun 8.1-mile loop. The ...

  • McCain Valley Road DriveView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    San Diego, CA

    • Off-Highway Drives  
    •  Easy
    •  2 hours
    •  32.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a scenic cruise through a divide between coast and desert. The broad, rolling uplands are strewn with massive granite boulders that provide ...