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Tecolote Canyon Trail

MODERATE 540 reviews

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.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 538 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

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.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
2 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Nice trail where we brought our puppy, there could have some more exciting things to look at along the way but overall a good hike. Nice steep hills to get the legs burning too.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy quite trail. Only negative is people don’t pick up after there dogs it’s was everywhere. But other than that it was a refreshing and relaxing environment. Saw a coyote getting water which cut my walk short as I turned around lol.

hiking
1 month ago

lots of steep upgrades to get a workout. scenery is alright but nothing crazy

hiking
1 month ago

Actually steep hills. Impressed

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with lots of vegetation, easy hills and a river nearby.

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained trail for a quick in & workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic trail, very tunable with varied traits such as steady inclines and declines, to extremely Steep terrain. If I lived in the area, I would be training here daily.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

I’d recommend this trail for a starter. Be careful with the golf balls that’s come flying over from the golf course alongside the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

nice trail. staying off of the powerline trail saves a ton of hill.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Tecolote Canyon can be accessed from the top and the bottom, and a few places along the way from local neighborhoods that have trail access. It’s both hiking and mountain biking, and better maintained at the bottom of the trail. There’s a creek that runs through it, not a river, and it often floods, so stay away During any kind of flash flood or rainy days. The riding is mostly intermediate level, with some rocks and sand that make it slightly technical. There are some steep offshoots that can be fun to climb and explore.

hiking
bugs
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty flat & well maintained.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Flat to start out with, but then some big hills. Just beginning hiking so I had to take a couple breaks, but definitely manageable.

hiking
3 months ago

Started out as my least favorite hike. Ended up as my most favorite.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was good. Not much shade so bring plenty of water. Ton of lizards saw no snakes but the trail is narrow enough to keep you alert.

loved the trail and area. recommend staying in the main wide trail. don't recommend the little side trails. ran into snakes

hiking
4 months ago

Good for dogs

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

running
5 months ago

this was a great little trail with both easier and more challenging options. You can make your workout to how you want it that day. The trail does begin as a rather flat, more leisurely run. Right around 2 miles, you start to hit the hills heading up to the power lines and there continue to be plenty of turn offs and ways to challenge yourself with even more hills. While this section of the trail is moderately challenging, all of it still runnable. Find your way out of the hills, head west toward the golf course and you'll find yourself on a really nice little section of single track, that will then lead to a really nice forested area with some creek crossings. I found this to be a great hike/run, that wasnt very stressful, and very enjoyable.

hiking
6 months ago

Do a little running, do a little walking. Nice trail!

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Super easy trail consisting of mostly fire road with some small single track-ish trails that branch off. Barely any shade and would say it’s not very dog friendly for that reason on hot sunny days.

hiking
bugs
rocky
6 months ago

One of my favorites. First 2 miles are flat. After that... good luck :)

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Rated moderate but it’s a pretty easy going trail. I saw lots of wildlife and completed the full 6 miles. The distance is much more of a challenge than the hills. Overall nice casual hike.

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