Tecolote Canyon is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
You're down in a valley for most of the way, so the views are pretty limited. But there are some creeks, and lots of wildflowers, and tons of birds. Saw a Lesser Goldfinch and a Western Bluebird there a few days ago. Will hike here again!
Can get steep closer to the golf course. But a fun way to spend a couple hours.
Pleasant early morning walk with dogs
Nice trail to bring the dogs. Lots of birds to see. It is a good place for runners and bikes too.
Great hike and you can bring your dogs.
The last third of the trail is inaccurately depicted. You can continue to hike by the unimproved road up the right side of the canyon wall. The depicted trail on the map would require you to find a hole in the fence and walk the golf course which is located in the floor of the canyon at that point.
Easy sand / gravel out and back path with steep hills at the end. Not a lot of shade with great space to bring the dog on leash.
So much fun! I went there with my friends and dog and we had a blast, so beautiful and peaceful! Wish we would have finished it, but we spent too much time taking selfies in the beginning lol!
Very short and easy with pretty terrain (except for the smelly creek that bordered the trail).
Great trail, will definitely return but a word of caution...don't take the monster hill to the right of the fork unless you are an expert hiker with professional gear, or otherwise are ready to meet your Maker! The valley back down was so steep I had to slide down on my butt just to be safe rather than sorry. Do yourself a favor and hang a left at the fork.
We live close to this trail, which is why we have been here several times. The scenery is the not the best, but the vertical hills are killer! They are great training hills for more vigorous hikes. We walked over to Tecolote Canyon once a week when we were training to hike Half Dome. Great for hill sprints! The first hill is long and a little more gradual but the remaining 6 big hills are very very steep! We can not run down them because they are so steep. You almost need treking poles to come down them if you are not careful. We really love coming here for our workouts versus just going out for a beautiful hike. It's great training on these hill and really working your glutes and your legs!
Fun hike. I really enjoyed the alternate routes that go along the main trail out.
This was one of my first nature hikes I ever did as a kid. Great for kids, not too long. Great place to start getting out in nature without leaving the city.
Nice dog walk. Thank you Serita Gates for the history. it would be great for you to post more. This must have been a really great spot way back when. I enjoy the wildflowers in spring and early summer.