Tecolote Canyon Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.7 miElevation gain538 ftRoute typeOut & back
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A relatively flat, easy to walk trail with a few steep inclines (as long as you keep to the west) with a few creek crossings after rains toward Genesee. While this route is an out-and-back, there are plenty of different side routes leading up and out of the canyon to the surrounding neighborhoods offering a choose your own adventure type hike. The trail transitions from a fire road to a single track. The trails surroundings transition from the south end to the north end. At the north end there is great tree cover and shade as you're walking near the creek (not the cleanest). At the south end theres low plants and you'll be exposed to the sun. Keep an ear open for approaching mountain bikes.

At the Via Las Cumbres entrance there are no facilities and street parking only. The Tecolote Community Park that is just over a mile to the west has public restrooms, a nature center, and a large parking lot.

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Sean Holbert
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Don Blair
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Carly Keen
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Nice trail with fun short side options to explore. Rangers have done a great job posting info and continuing restoration work. Main trail is flat, but side trails get you some elevation.

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Felicia Simpson
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Nice clean trail. Tree shade is nice. Birds singing made this urban trail pleasant.

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Angela Diaz
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Awesome!

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Jess Mooney
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great workout but not very scenic for the first half. tecalote creek is beautiful though. combine that with the great workout on the climbs and I'd say its a really solid hike for in the city. will do again.

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Jonah Seamans
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Pretty enjoyable, well maintained.

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yolanda Olejniczak
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great work out!!

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Doug Burt
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Nice even trail for family holes and bikes even

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Lindley Connelly
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Definitely glad we stuck to going the route of the hill first where it splits since there were quite a few after, and it makes the way back much easier. Bring lots of water for sure! Not many spots of shade, but gets very cold after the sun disappears behind the hills so watch your timing. Awesome day hike to get some work in while enjoying the heat and sunshine.

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Alicia Striedel
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Trish Murphy
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Cat Reese
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Nice amount of inclines, plenty of parking near trail, but stinky bc of the sewers nearby. Sounds of the freeways are kind of a bummer

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Chris cung
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Michael Murray
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Great workout

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Michael Stromecki
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Timothy Cook
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Nice short trail. Lots of native restoration projects.

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Holly Spear
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Britt Bohrer
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Challenging hills, no shade. A good quick workout.

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Candice Galvan
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Rebecca Soe
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Good exercise. Low road traffic noise. Views desert.

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Tom Abruzzo
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Gillan Andre
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Thu Krumpoch
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Good workout, lot of up and down hill

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Richard Perkins
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Levon Kirakosyan
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Hector Cervantes
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Alisa Olson
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I have run parts of this a few times now and it’s great! Super steep hills if you want an extra challenge.

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Laura Thomas
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Trail splits making it a loop. One way has very steep inclines and declines and then eventually meets up with the flatter path. If you want to do the inclines and declines recommend hiking shoes for ankle support. Really enjoyed this trail!

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michelle viray
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It was a nice day to hike. 3.5 miles hike with some steep hills.

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