Explore the most popular hiking trails in San Diego National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Took my dog out early morning for a quick hike. She loved it! It was just after it rained so it was a little muddy but overall great trail.

For mountain biking is A hard way to go up But great for down hill It’s very technical lots of rocks

To get to the top and recommend going around the mountain from the Lakeside towards the antennas

Overall great trail

The area itself is great for hiking and mountain biking. However be mindful using this app to guide you on the trail, as there are dozens of other connecting, crossing and paralleling trails that the app does not show for some dumb reason and can easily mislead you causing a whole bunch of back tracking.

1 month ago

Awesome hike very steep watch your step coming down so worth it !!!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice trail to learn how to mountain bike.

This trail was awesome!! Nice view almost all around, no shade however is worthy

Awesome trail, you definitely get your moneys worth on this steady steady climb. Awesome views at the top

My 1st favorite place to hike. Every time we go flora and fauna is different and beautiful. Birding is great too.

this Trail was nice for an early morning. it would definitely be hot later in the day there's no shade period after you make it to the top where the American flag is, if you keep on going for another mile or so you hit a beautiful River with lots of trees. the rattlesnakes are out watch your step.

**** NOTE ******
This map / trail takes you past the rock house to the other side of the mountain, and literally drops you off underneath some huge power lines. Not sure it is worth continuing after the rock house.

Overall this was a great hike that really got the blood pumping and ended with an awesome view. Overall the trail is in pretty good condition. I recommend getting some hiking boots to ensure you are getting the best grip possible when going up/down the steepest parts.

Parking is easy since this hike starts at a residential neighborhood.

For the most part this hike just goes up and not too many flat areas that will allow for you to relax. I frequently hike and was able to do this no problem, even followed a lady carrying her 3 yr old up it! Although I will admit, it looked extremely challenging.

Just make sure to take your time and go during a cool parts of the day as there is no shade. Make sure to bring plenty of water and enjoy the views form the top!

Today, I hiked it. It was a good early east county hike for the pre beginning of summer hike. On the way up, it was steep, took some of the switchbacks on the steepest section. Great views on a clear day. Be careful on the way down, it gets slippery with lots of loose rocks.

Awesome hike with great views. Avoid the heat and go right before sunset to get a spectacular view at the rock house.

Decently steep ascent with amazing views through the entire hike. Saw some snakes at and near the top so be aware!

Great hike, beautiful vies make sure you bring plenty of water there's no shade best to hike it early, I enjoy best doing the loop, either way they both have lots of loose gravel you must be careful on your way down.

Did a couple of months ago - very steep start with lots of loose rocks so be careful
Rest is pretty good fun with some great views

Hike was great, just be careful on the way down the loose rocks are super slippery, bring good hiking shoes with traction. All over all a nice hike!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Ride 2.5 miles from my house and ride this trail. Good early morning ride or hike! Nice and easy hike to do if you are lookin for some quick exercise.

Hard trail 3 uphills trails are well maintained. El cajon mountain would definitely be harder than this one

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great for hiking or intermediate MTB. I was on my MTB and must have left the designated trail because the boulders and inclines had me pushing my ride Haha. this place has trails everywhere and I will definitely come back better prepared to spend the day exploring.

A 6 mi loop with beautiful views of distant ocean, Point Loma, downtown, lakes, jets, and hills. Best to do loop on cooler, clear days. Navigation of loop somewhat tricky due many erosion ruts, game trails and power line access roads. Tips: 1. Start going thru double truck gate. Go several 100 yds then turn right down sketchy short trail to line up with massive erosion rut up the mtn. 2. Generally follow erosion rut trail to flag at peak. 3. Continue past peak flag 1/8 mi on clear trail and at rock hideout start creeping down the backside. 4. Do not take two dead power line access roads on map to left! 5. Aim for far distant kiosk looking bench cover that overlooks the reservoir. 6. Go to metal equip. shed and turn left on single track mtn bile trail at side of shed. 7. After decent to gentle ravine generally aim for access road under distant power lines. 8. Aim for ball field light poles. 9. Turn right uphill on sketchy trail in step 1.

For first time hikers i definitely wouldn’t label this hike as “moderate” it might be fairly hard for some. My husband, my self & our 2 year old did this hike in 2.5 hours, no shade and really sunny bring lots of water & sunscreen (i got very burnt). I got light headed on the way up so bring a protein bar! Overall it’s a great workout,family fun activity and not to mention the breathtaking views from the top! Very steep on the way down with loose gravel so be very careful and have good shoes with support.

Was a great hike. It gets pretty step right in the beginning for about half the hike and then it smooths off some. Great view at the top and as of yesterday the flags were still there.

Super Bonita caminata, la vista preciosa. Un poco resbaloso al regreso por que te resbalas con las piedritas.

so much fun. i love this place. its local and more fun/ less crowded than cowles.

A very pleasant hike in early spring. We didn't start the hike until around 11 am. It was sunny but there was a nice cool breeze almost the whole time, so it was very comfortable. It's easy to see how it could be brutally hot in warmer weather though. You can choose to hike the steep trail straight up if you want the incline. We opted for the switchbacks to get a little more milage. The main reasons for not giving it more stars were the lack of trail markings, the heavily eroded trail with all its loose rocks, and the view which, while nice, was nothing spectacular. Overall, it was an enjoyable outing, but nothing to write home about.

P.S. The flag is still there

Went on yesterday with a group of people and 2 dogs. My brother in law invited us because he regularly goes there. Awesome view throughout the hike and got better on the top.
Once you get to top there's no other way back but how you got up. Don't make the mistake I did trying to find another way down. It looks like there is but there isn't. A 3.5 mile hike turned into a 9 mile hike haha good times

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