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Best trails in San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

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Looking for a great trail in San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 4 easy trails in San Diego National Wildlife Refuge ranging from 1.5 to 10.2 miles and from 321 to 984 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Mother Miguel Mountain Via Rock House Trail
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
As of May 2020, hikers report that the park may still be closed. Once on top, to the east you can see the eastern mountains, rolling hills, and the Salt Creek Golf Course; to the west and south you Show more
#2 - McGinty Mountain Trail
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
This hike offers beautiful views of San Diego. It isn't well marked, so it may require some route finding at points. Make sure to download the map before heading out there! After rains it can be a biShow more
#3 - Otay Sweetwater Refuge Trail
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
Caution: swimming in the reservoir is not allowed. Show more
#4 - Mother Miguel Mountain to Sweetwater Reservoir Loop
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
Mother Miguel Mountain to Sweetwater Reservoir Loop is a 5.6 mile loop trail located near Chula Vista, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hikShow more
#5 - Sweetwater Trail Loop
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
Sweetwater Trail Loop is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Spring Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a numbeShow more
#6 - Rock House Loop
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 16.1 mi • Est. 7 h 56 m
Rock House Loop is a 16.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near El Cajon, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and offers a number of activity options.Show more
#7 - San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 53 m
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Chula Vista, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill leveShow more
#8 - Par 4 Trail
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 53 m
Par 4 Trail is a 1.9 mile out and back trail located near El Cajon, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking,Show more
#9 - Millar Ranch Road Loop
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Millar Ranch Road Loop is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Spring Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#10 - San Miguel Mountain Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
This trail is now closed to the public. Show more
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