Explore the best trails near Chula Vista with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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walking
2 days ago

Nice, long-ish walk; in one way and back the same way with a few splits off the trail to break it up. Looks like a fun bike trail. Little bridges throughout. Found a rope swing along the route. Took a couple hours to complete. Go through the tunnel at the end of the trail before going back, for a little artistic treat.

The trail is definitely tough, but doable. And because it is "closed to the public" there are three fences/gates that you need to navigate through. It took us 3 1/2 hours to go both ways. And coming down is challenging too, as it is steep. The views at the top are worth the effort though, with great views to the west out to Pt. Loma, south to Otay Lakes and mountains to the east.

The fact they have closed the trail to the public, is a shame. Here is the official reason given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service http://bit.ly/2gP2zWF

Considering the adjoining Sweetwater River Trail has figured out a way to accommodate hikers, I would think the we could figure out a way to do it here too. And after all, it was our tax dollars that allowed this land to be acquired in the first place.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice trail fro getting out for a bit. Nice and flat, path is wide.

mountain biking
6 days ago

I went there yesterday and did the loop all
The way up and down vía otay lakes road . Went trail running. Great exercise!, 10 mile loop starting form proctor valley trailhead. Then again, doing the loop i would rate it as hard due the steep climbs and the difficult and slippery descents. The map showing the trail in this app does not get to the flags shown on the pictures by fellow hikers. Go there early as it gets really warm after 9 am.

Accidentally went on this one today while trying to do Rock House. It's not easy getting up but getting down was almost harder.

Did this hike a ways back. It was hard, but worth it.

hiking
8 days ago

Fun and different take on Lake Otay.

hiking
8 days ago

This is like Cowles for Southbay. Not really hard but can be a little steep toward the first crest. But you can see more than enough from the top.

walking
8 days ago

It has some good views on a clear day. Nice for a moment to get out of the house for a couple hours.

Trail is paved and clearly marked; it's the bayshore bikeway path. Lots of traffic on the Coronado side closer to the cayes. It's a nice outting with some good views (again on the Coronado side). Would recommend cycling it instead of walking. Lots to see, but not one of the best.

Any photos you see here with an AMERICAN FLAG ARE NOT MOUNT SAN MIGUEL, but the rock house hike nearby.

hiking
18 days ago

Fun trail! No shade so start early! It was definitely a workout going up. Watch your step when descending as there is lots of loose gravel.

23 days ago

fun easy hike

1 month ago

Bike

on Lower Otay Lake

1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

2 years ago it was sick! I did the teeter totter on my first time down!!!!!!!! I hadn't been on a bike since I was a kid but holy shmokes! The entire trail was an adrenaline rush!

hiking
1 month ago

Of course I went the wrong way - I made a right instead of going straight across the cement "bridge." Couldn't find the switchbacks and the app wasn't working so I found the hill that goes straight up. It was a great workout. There's not too much to look at on the way up, reminds me a lot of McDowell mountain in Arizona, but it was pretty clear for a little bit, so I did get a nice view of downtown San Diego in the distance. It's worth it once you get to the top; so cool to see the American Flag and POW glad. I just sat up there for a while and took everything in. The climb down wasn't bad, and I did find the switchbacks this time, which I would recommend to take down because the straight up hill is too steep, and some people did slip down it as I was hiking up it. Good hike, I'd do it again.

Nice smooth trail that's not crowded and winds around a small tranquil lake. :-)