50 Best Short Hikes San Diego  by Jerry Schad & Don Endicott

50 Best Short Hikes San Diego Guide Book

by Jerry Schad & Don Endicott (Wilderness Press)
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego  by Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
Sunshine. Water and waves. Blue skies and mild temperatures. Sports and leisure. This list of attributes pretty much sums up the image that San Diego projects to the world—and that image is true! Tourists visiting San Diego for the first time are amazed at the sheer magnitude of park spaces and recreational venues. Everywhere, it seems, people are engaged in outdoor recreation. People are not only swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, picnicking, golfing, and playing tennis, but they’re also running, biking, skating, and walking. The focus of 50 Best Short Hikes: San Diego is all about walking, and doing it on the most outstanding 50 trails in this metropolitan region. The selection is so varied that you can match the trail to your time, your mood, your energy level, and even to what shoes you’re wearing—or not: the trail surfaces throughout San Diego range from concrete and asphalt to dirt footpaths and sandy beaches.

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Trails from the "50 Best Short Hikes San Diego" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 50.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.

Balboa Park’s historic buildings, museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo have pretty much framed the site’s reputation for decades. What many visitors and even locals don’t know is that ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.0
Balboa Park’s easternmost section isn’t well known among most San Diegans, let alone tourists. Local residents, along with local golfers, do know of several out-of-the-way features here: Golden Hill P ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.4
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With its quaint footbridges spanning two wooded ravines, scores of historic homes, plus a wealth of mature landscaping, Bankers Hill speaks to historical elegance and the preservation of nature. The f ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.3
Barnett Ranch County Preserve, operated by the county of San Diego, is one of several former cattle ranches converted in recent years to parkland throughout San Diego’s suburban and rural areas. A ...
Ramona, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.4
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Just beyond the placid north shoreline of Batiquitos Lagoon, white flecks of shell glint in the sunlight where the land begins to rise. Centuries ago, American Indians of this region gathered and cons ...
Carlsbad, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.8
The massive bulk of Bernardo Mountain rises from the north shoreline of Lake Hodges, almost like a smooth-sided pyramid. The summit area of the mountain was purchased for inclusion in the San Dieguito ...
Escondido, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 7.2
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The 700-acre Blue Sky Ecological Reserve near Poway protects one of the finest examples of riparian (streamside) vegetation in Southern California. As one of the most popular of the California Departm ...
Poway, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.8
The long, south-pointing peninsula of Point Loma and the spectacular curving shoreline of San Diego Bay are two of the principal elements responsible for San Diego’s legendary beauty. Most of the sout ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.0
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More than a decade’s worth of public improvements have literally paved the way for pedestrians, cyclists, Segway riders, and skaters traveling along the curving shoreline of west Mission Bay and its u ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.0
You get a stunning perspective of La Jolla Bay and the sparkling La Jolla Shores coastline on this short walk along the clifftops. You’ll be walking directly above the La Jolla Caves, on or near the v ...
La Jolla, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.8
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Travel magazines routinely rank Coronado’s oceanfront beach as one of the nation’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, and you will surely agree with this assessment when you get there. Actually, t ...
Coronado, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.8
For good reason, this switchback trail is the most heavily trafficked hiking route in all of San Diego County. The route ascends the sunny south side of Cowles Mountain to the summit—at 1,591 feet, it ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.0
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On its roughly 50-mile course from the mountain crest near Julian to the beach at Del Mar, the combined Santa Ysabel Creek/San Dieguito River courses through several steep and narrow canyons. The lowe ...
Escondido, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.4
Combining canyon, crest, and sandy strand, this loop hike touches on every natural landscape that the woodsy community of Del Mar has to offer. The tide line scenery along the route is some of the bes ...
Del Mar, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.0
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South of the spreading suburbs that cluster along CA 78, a scruffy ridgeline scrapes the southern sky. Topographic maps note the obscure names of its various high points: Cerro de las Posas, Double Pe ...
San Marcos, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.6
The 784-acre Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve serves two purposes: water management and recreation. The Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir within the reserve holds nearly 8 billion gallons of water (24,000 ...
Escondido, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 7.2
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Mission Gorge is arguably the most spectacular topographical feature in the city of San Diego. On both sides of the gorge, walls rise several hundred feet at a nearly 45-degree pitch. From a geologica ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking,Road Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.0
Formerly San Diego’s skid row, this core downtown historic area was reborn in the 1980s under a new name: the Gaslamp Quarter. Actually, gas lamps were never used for outdoor lighting in San Diego, th ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.0
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Afternoon ocean breezes keep Guajome Regional Park temperate yearround, making it a popular destination for neighbors and visitors to engage in outdoors activities, including hiking, biking, or riding ...
Oceanside, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.0
Harbor Island, like Shelter Island (Hike 29, page 102), is an artificial, T-shaped peninsula lined with hotels, restaurants, small-boat marinas, and a grassy linear park fronting the waters of San Die ...
San Diego, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.0
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