Tecolote Canyon Trail

MODERATE 285 reviews

Tecolote Canyon Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

hiking
19 days ago

Not a bad hike if you want a challenge. The hills going up and down are pretty steep so be careful with that. If you bring a dog try and stay to the outside paths if you don’t want to have to worry about them going through the incline and decline.

hiking
1 month ago

Not bad, went with a friend and we were able to chat easily most of the way. There are some good inclines /declines that are steep. Tread carefully :-)

2 months ago

An awesome trail for running, and working on steep inclines!

2 months ago

Easy to follow, fire/utility road is main trail. Some good elevation swings make it challenging!

2 months ago

Great hike for kids and dogs!

3 months ago

Beautiful trail with some good shade.

3 months ago

Great hike! Some hills that were a great workout and otherwise a pleasant walk!

hiking
3 months ago

A flat and easy trail. Good for quick hike to enjoy the outdoors. Saw different types of birds. A descent outing.

4 months ago

A nice close hike that had some trees near a creek but little running water. Still beautiful tho. About 500 feet from the trail head there is a nice side trail that comes back into the main one which is nice to take. I think it was called “battle trail” I logged 5.2 miles and 2.9 hours. The info center is nice and informative. Have fun

trail running
5 months ago

Good for a day run

hiking
5 months ago

08/26/18 - started at tecolote nature center. there is plenty of parking. keep to the left once you see the first fork that seems to go towards the power line towers.. then its mostly walking on the side of the golfcourse fence.
i went further towards genesse ave snd there is a nice shaded wooded area... there are few places to loop back and hike back to the nature park entrance

on the way back i decided to take the total straight line "trail".. its not part of the hiking trail but i went for it anyway.
this is where the steep inclines and declines are but the view at the top of the 4 tower mountains is great and good workout, some scrambling required.

hiking
7 months ago

The straightaway in the map is a series of steep incline and declines. The curvy portions navigate around the elevation to make it easier to work with.

hiking
8 months ago

I started at Tecolote Nature Center and made it as far as Balboa Ave. The portion of the trail between Mt. Acadia Ave. and Balboa was new to me, and I liked it a lot. Large trees, views of the stream, and pretty even terrain - nothing like the steep hills between USD and Mt. Acadia Avenue parallel to the golf course. One thing to note is that at one point the trail doesn’t match up with the map. From a fork in the trail, you can only go left (walking north), as the right is closed for revegetation. A short distance after that, the trail turns sharply right, away from the trail drawn on the map and joins up with the trail that was originally the closed one leading right from the fork (see my screenshot of the map). Not a big deal though, since this part of the trail is well marked, and off-limits areas are cordoned off.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is ok. It seems to be better as a bike trail than hiking trail but I liked it well enough. If you follow the loop as shows the brutal part of this hike is the Downhill parts. Watch your footing as it’s pretty steep. There are a few steep inclines but overall the trail is pretty flat other than that.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful, varied terrain! I started my hike at the USD entrance about a mile west of the Visitor Center and headed north from there. There's a broad dirt road that runs under the power lines, straight up and down through the hills, and there's also a well-marked hiking trail that winds its way through the terrain, skirting the steepest parts of the hills and hugging the golf course. The straight dirt road is good for an intense leg workout, but I think the marked hiking trail is more scenic. The two trails are periodically connected, making it possible to switch from one to the other. The next section of trail through trees and along a stream was beautiful and peaceful. At one point, the trail became hard to follow, and studying my recording afterwards, I realized that I had missed a turn and ended up off the mapped trail when I decided to turn around. My total distance was just short of 5 miles, but I could easily have made it shorter or longer; the possibilities are endless. This park is a local treasure!

8 months ago

Walked east entrance from entrance on Genessee, plenty of shade under the scrub oak canopy, walked up and out near Golf Course at Osolo St. will do it again

hiking
8 months ago

Súper este Trail

hiking
9 months ago

This trail was an excellent workout. There’s a lot of steep trails so I’d be wary of what footwear you decided to don. A large portion of the trail as mapped out on the app is roads they must use for utility vehicles to access the high lines in the canyon. For a unique experience I recommend taking some side trails, if you have time. At the very top of the marked trail on the app (I took the right at the fork), there’s an area that continues north and then loops back around to marked trail. It adds about half a mile to the trail, but it’s very scenic and takes you through probably the most shaded area in the entire canyon that has a trail. There’s also a nice creek down there (mostly dry stagnant water) that I snapped an excellent photo of my dog near

9 months ago

Good fun, difficult in places but overall fun
Gets hot and there is little shade

9 months ago

Fkng hard!!
Or i am too old

hiking
11 months ago

Fun easy morning trail

11 months ago

I did this hike on a Tuesday afternoon and the trail was pretty empty. It's a great hike in the middle of the city. The first half is fairly flat with a few optional side trails, and the second half was full of some steep and challenging hills with great views from the top.

11 months ago

nice area. Some parts be very wary during rattlesnake season

11 months ago

This was an amazing trail.. there are many different trails to take on.

walking
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Nice local trail...I walked the trail and got a decent sweat in on the second half. Decent views

hiking
Monday, February 05, 2018

Very interesting trail! View is awesome once you reach the top. Definitely must go trail!

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Very well kept trail!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Great day!

hiking
Sunday, January 21, 2018

A good trail with the option to walk up and down some massive hills.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Starts off easy gets really challenging after the first mile! Great hike for your butt

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