Balboa Park Loop

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Balboa Park Loop is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 miles
337 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

road biking

trail running


partially paved



6th and Juniper. 6th and Upas.

11 days ago

Crowded on weekends but nice. A lot of history here.

15 days ago

We didn’t end up getting on the loop but forged our own way. Not very clear where the trails are. Very confusing and not very scenic.

trail running
2 months ago

Disappointment. I was looking for a longer running loop in the area. Route is often on roads with traffic driving by at high speed, trails amount to drainage for runoff, there is litter, noise, etc. Likely better to go into the park and add on a section of a neighborhood.

2 months ago


nature trips
5 months ago

Great place to find some little gems such as the tree with the insanely big roots! Recommend sneakers for the actual hiking trails.

5 months ago

Good little walk around some local trails. after walking the trails, I went and walked around Baloboa park

7 months ago

7 months ago

I used the directions from the app and found a sign in the parking lot with a map. I wanted to do trail #12 and tried to follow the directions to the trail. I walked around the park for an hour before finding what might have been the trail but it was so secluded I didn’t feel safe going on it alone so I turned around and went to my usual walk in Encinitas. The park itself is nice with very nice tennis courts and several areas to relax and have a picnic. I just really wish there were better signs to show you where you are and where you’re headed.

11 months ago

could be a potential romantic walk

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Nice. A bit monotonous. Better than Florida Canyon. ⭐️3.5⭐️

Friday, February 02, 2018

Good area to run or walk the dog. Parking can be messy.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Great little nature walk.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Did the hike with my son and we both enjoyed it. My only complaint is certain sections are really close to the road. Still fun tho

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A lot of the trail was next to the road on a narrow path. It made me and my dog a little uneasy as the cars were going 30-40 mph. We did enjoy the parts that weren’t next the road. Probably won’t do this one again, but will explore other options in Balboa Park.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I love how you can find a moment of quite in this bustling city. Just don't walk it alone, there's a few homeless here and there

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

A rather challenging ride for the average mtber. I started at the Dog Park going south and took Pershing Dr back up to the park. Half of the trail on the Florida Dr side has some pretty rough and technical climbing. It might be easier with a FS mtb as I did it with a hardtail. Overall, its fun and accomplishing.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Special event at Balboa Park.. Had a good time, walking and helping support our community events..

Monday, April 03, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My favorite!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A nice easy stroll in a quieter part of town. Nice view of the Coronado bridge

Monday, May 23, 2016

This is a great trail almost 4.4mi. I burn about 700+ calories and it takes me a an hour.

Just a suggestion start at the Golden Hill circle park, you can leave your car there. follow the Golden Hill trail #22.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

If you are running, I would suggest to stay clear of the museum and main bridge area. Although that area is easy and safe for runners, there are tons of people/tourists that you constantly have to dodge. If you're the type of person that doesn't like running in crowded areas, I'd suggest to find alternate route, or go well before/after the museums open/close.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

It was a very easy trail and beautiful views!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Very chill. Easy hike. Nice break from the city

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fantastic and quite a workout at times! Great segway into Florida Canyon and Morley Field. Parking was a breeze but I went on a Monday afternoon.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

I'm lucky to live across the street and can take off on any of the nearby paths. Excellent scenery and friendly people along the way.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I like this trail and enjoyed the whole afternoon hike. Afterwards, enjoyed watching those dogs.

I will do it again in the morning..

Monday, June 08, 2015

Fabulous. Urban exploration and nature trails. I found the trail markers confusing but it made for a fun adventure and you can't really get lost. We started at the rose garden and cactus garden then crossed the bridge into the park/museum area. Stopped at the botanical building and koi pond and continued on to the bridge that goes over the freeway and visited the marston house.
We saw bunnies, squirrels ( a reddish kind very cool) a blue heron and blue birds. The aroma or scent trail was nice and on the way back ma and pa sucked me into a succulent and cactus exhibit and then we visited the mosaic garden. The fountains are all turned off due to the drought. The tower bells sound awesome as you're hiking and walking through the park. We spent about four hours because we took our time to check out all kinds of things.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Balboa Park is a beautiful area of San Diego. Lots of museums in the area with beautiful architecture.

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