Looking for a great trail in Balboa Park, California? AllTrails has 5 great walking trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Balboa Park ranging from 1.2 to 6.6 miles and from 196 to 344 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

kid friendly

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

The walk crosses a total of 8 bridges, if you include the University Avenue bridge over 163. The full trail as listed here is not possible. After the Georgia street bridge it is matter of getting back to your car. This trail guides you into the canyon for the more scenic route, but there isn't very much shade down there. It is not possible to turn onto Upas from Indiana, because the marked "trail" goes through a locked apt complex. The map also wants you to walk down a steep hill to get to the start of the canyon trail, but you will need to go to the Park Blvd/Morley Field Dr intersection to cross that street.

hiking
over grown
rocky
6 days ago

hiking
over grown
15 days ago

hiking
no shade
22 days ago

loved it. second time doing it and it is awesome with nice views.

trail running
22 days ago

Very dog friendly, a neat trail in the cut of Morley field. ALMOST feels like you’re out of the city. I went close to sunset, I would definitely recommend going with a friend at this time. It’s a pretty short trail.

trail running
22 days ago

I ran this with my friend. A little difficult to follow, a lot of stops in the way, and its through the city. The bridges are really cool tho! I am not sure if I will ever do it again, but it was definitely worth it one time.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
closed
23 days ago

Best trail I’ve ever done

Great trails for a muggy evening

hiking
private property
25 days ago

the directions hard to follow, and some streets you couldn't walk through. a lot of residential and business, not enough greenery. don't recommend for a sunny day in summer.

hiking
1 month ago

it's a lovely walk, though this version has some unnecessary detours in it.

hiking
1 month ago

Parked at the Rose Garden and started the walk at 9:30. Stopped in Hillcrest for pastries and coffee and finished at 12:15. Nice walk! Beautiful homes and architecture.

on Morley Field Trail

trail running
no shade
scramble
1 month ago

Depending on where you are will tell if if the trail is any good. Some parts have small patches of rocks which is the worse offense. The slight inclines and no shade were fine in the early morning.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is more of a touristy afternoon stroll. Waking through the park is calm and peaceful. All sidewalks and lots of botanical gardens

this is an amazing walk through San Diego. not only are the bridges fun to see and walk but I loved the architecture of the homes. There were many spanish homes side by side of victorians. there was even one home with a little free book stand with a chair to rest. Once you hit University ave. and stop for lunch I'm not gonna lie the rest isn't so great. Next time I might have a few drinks and uber back to the car. all in all I would do it again.

Easy trail, a bit of trash as it appears homeless use this area to sleep. Still a lot of flowers, and a good trail if you are looking for something fast.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Super dog friendly, small trail network with nice views, even though you can see/hear cars on the road the whole time. Small creek still had some water trickling in early June.

hiking
2 months ago

Not so much a trail more of a walk through one of the must see San Diego attractions! Make sure if you take a dog they are good with crowds and definitely don’t stick to the route on the designated trail as there is plenty more to see and do.

2 months ago

Nice walk with the family. A few stairs on the Quince St bridge but other than that, the whole hike was stroller friendly.

hiking
washed out
2 months ago

I didn’t complete cause I didn’t feel comfortable crossing the busy road, but what I did see was great. You are close to a lot of roads, and you can hear the cars, but for the most part you can’t see them. Loved all the cacti and wildflowers

on Florida Canyon Trail

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

fun for my 3 and 5 year old

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Beautiful today as all the wildflowers are our. Limited signage on this trail but the canyon makes navigating which of many minor trails to take much easier. Great for a quick hour rambling around the trails. Gentle hills so great for beginners.

walking
3 months ago

I really enjoy it here.

I am a beginner mountain biker mountain biking for health and exercise have a positive from better life parents or myself great fun to get out with other people and ride

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