Explore the best trails near San Diego with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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trail locations for San Diego, California
trail running
15 hours ago

There is a trail that was too muddy from recent rains to run on, and there is a paved path/road that all visitors were on. So, it isn't off-road hiking. However, my husband and I went specifically for a run and did not want a lot of elevation changes for this one. This is a great, solid 5 mile run. It was pretty populated on a cool, sunny day, but not so much that we felt crowded in our run. Great for cyclists, especially kiddos. There are port-a-johns at a few points along the loop. It is a beautiful area with a great breeze flowing, shady and sunny spots, depending on what you like. :) Parking lots are not that big, so parking might be difficult. We were able to park in the larger lot without problem.

Simple trail for walk, jog and bike.

18 hours ago

I'm giving this 1 star because the directions do not take you to the trail head, they take you to a gated community.

hiking
22 hours ago

Beautiful views and history to read of the area was nice.

Easy walk but a great introduction to part of the city and history!

Very nice views!
Good uphills

Fun trail!

beautiful and informative.

walking
5 days ago

Beautiful views of the bay but definitely NOT moderate! Completely flat, completely paved with sidewalk.

on Cowles Mountain Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike and an amazing view. Trail can be fairly rocky, narrow and crowded but overall it was worth it. Parking can be a pain as well.

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent hike ! Started at Big Rock and did Cowles and then went onto Pyles. We did not realize how far Pyles was from Cowles. It was pretty warm too. When I do this again, I'll have a bigger hat and more water !