Best Easy Day Hikes San Diego  by Sean O'Brien

Best Easy Day Hikes: San Diego Guide Book

by Sean O'Brien (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes San Diego  by Sean O'Brien
This guide to hiking in San Diego proves that there is more to this Southern California destination than just beautiful beaches. Enjoy trails that wind through stands of the rare Torrey pine, follow routes once used by the Native Americans, and venture onto summits offering views that stretch from the stark deserts in the east to the blue Pacific Ocean — all this and wonderful sunbathing as well! This guidebook describes 24 short, easy hikes in the area with clear, easy-to-read maps and concise written descriptions.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: San Diego" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 24.

Escape to the Azalea Glen Loop Trail for some of the most peaceful hiking imaginable. It’s hard believe that such forested paradise—filled with wildlife, musical streams, Native American archeological ...
Descanso, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
Hemmed in by housing developments, a golf course, and one of the busiest freeways in the world, Batiquitos Lagoon won’t be confused with the wilderness backcountry. However, if you’re an avid bird wat ...
Carlsbad, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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On September 28, 1542, Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo rounded Point Loma and became the first European to enter San Diego Bay. More than 300 years later, one of the first eight lighthouse ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
This hike will take you to the very brink of the Pacific, passing through scattered Torrey pines (one of earth’s rarest species of trees), and past two magnificent viewpoints on the 350-foot sandstone ...
Del Mar, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.25
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Nestled on the western slopes of Mount Woodson, the 470-acre Blue Sky Ecological Reserve holds a bounty of natural sights and sounds. Established in October 1989 as a natural habitat, Blue Sky feature ...
Rancho Bernardo, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
Part of the appeal of the Laguna Mountains is the huge eastern escarpment that drops away to the desert floor—4,000 feet below the forested mountain slopes. The transition is abrupt: forest one moment ...
Pine Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
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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. This immensely popular hike can see hundreds of trekkers a ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
According to lore, Burnt Rancheria Campground was named for a seasonal house that was torched by Native Americans unhappy with the numerous ranchers heading to the Laguna Mountains in the 1800s. Fortu ...
Pine Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
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When it comes to diversity, it would be hard to find another hike in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park that shows it better than the East Side/Juaquapin Trail. In the 4.7-mile course of this strenuous hike, ...
Descanso, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.7
The summit of Garnet Peak will send shivers of joy down your spine, and, if the weather is clear, might offer the most spectacular views in San Diego County. Reach the trailhead before dawn for a subl ...
Pine Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.25
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Perched atop massive sandstone bluffs above a lonely stretch of coastline, one of the world’s rarest trees, pinus torreyana, or Torrey pine, has found a lasting and protected home. Once widespread alo ...
Del Mar, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
Like the Paso Nature Trail in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, the self-guided Kwaaymii Interpretive Trail offers excellent insight into the natural history of the region. This trail primarily highlights t ...
Pine Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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Meadows have a special appeal. Perhaps it is their promises of water and cool grass. Perhaps it is because meadows offer great opportunities for spotting wildlife. And perhaps it is because a meadow i ...
Pine Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
This excellent hike features a rugged canyon, rolling hills, and begins at one of the city’s most historic sites: the Old Mission Dam.
San Diego, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
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If, after completing the hike up Garnet Peak or out to the Cottonwood Canyon viewpoint, you find yourself wondering what life in one of the steep canyons leading to the desert is like, this is the hik ...
Pine Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Before tackling one of the longer hikes in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park—or anywhere in San Diego’s mountains, for that matter—plan to take the short stroll around Paso Nature Trail. This short hike brie ...
Descanso, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
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Sure, it’s an ambitious distance to tackle, but this 6.5-mile hike follows smooth, nearly level fire roads for most of its length, and ends at a soothing waterfall where you can soak your sore feet be ...
Del Mar, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
Like Tecolote Canyon, part of the appeal of San Clemente Canyon is its proximity to downtown, but its natural values also are appealing. In the early spring, when the stream is flowing and wildflowers ...
La Jolla, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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Great blue herons stand still as statues in the rippling water. Snowy egrets perform Tai Chi-like movements as they forage for supper. Cattails wave in the wind and the setting sun casts a golden hue ...
Cardiff, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
A city walk isn’t without its hazards. The numerous shops, galleries, and restaurants of downtown La Jolla have been known to suck would-be hikers into the black hole of terminal window-shopping. In a ...
La Jolla, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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