Visitor Center Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

1.4 miles
160 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running




wild flowers


2 months ago

For being in San Diego County, it was surprisingly REALLY scenic and really quiet. I have not been on a hike within the city that was this quiet or scenic.

I wasn't sure about the loop though, because I parked in this gravel parking lot. So I did a out and back type of hike, but I am pretty sure that that it was intended as a loop.

3 months ago

Surprisingly scenic! Plus we got to hike alongside a river for awhile which was pretty awesome. Solid elevation changes, I wore my toddler in a carrier on the uphill and we admired tons of wildflowers. Really enjoyable little hike.

6 months ago

great for beginners.

6 months ago

Great trail for beginners or someone looking for a quick escape. Easy trail to merge with surrounding trails and add a challenge.

7 months ago

Great short walking

7 months ago

Nice easy walk with spots of shade and beautiful views. Connects to the river trail so can cross over and go up the hill if you want something more challenging!

7 months ago

It was a lovely and easy trail. I picked it due to my husbands recent knee injury and needed something easy. There was some beautiful scenery. The creek/river was flowing nicely.
Not much luck for animal spotting. We like to herp, and all we saw was a few lizards. No snakes unfortunately. We went around dusk.
Great for family outings and for small children. I’m not a fan of all the foot traffic. Was too busy for my liking. All in all a good short stroll though.

8 months ago

Good nature walk

9 months ago

Great for beginners! This is my very first hike since moving back to California. This was a good starting point and it offers great views and shows you all the options you have once you are ready.

9 months ago

Love this trail good year long

9 months ago

Easy trail. Lots of shade along the way and a beautiful view of the creek!

9 months ago

Decent. Not too long that you can’t take kids. Fairly small and a light walk

9 months ago

This is a great hiking trail around the Visitor Center. Don't forget to check out the Grinding Rocks trail off this trail - beautiful layers of rocks along a stream of water. Easy hike & fun!

10 months ago

10 months ago

Nice for a easy walk/hike. Added the Oak Grove Loop to add a little more distance.

11 months ago

Great for a leisurely stroll when you’re not looking for a tough hike.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Easy short walk with nice scenery.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Easy peazy lemon squeezy. This is a nice, short trail with good shady spots every so often.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Great little hike!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Good short trail. Took my small dog and she had no problem finishing this trail. Good for something quick and easy.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Shorty easy trail perfect for beginners

Monday, May 29, 2017

Very easy trial and short
Good for little kids

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Great in-the-city outing. Trail is well maintained.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Light trail very kid and pet friendly

Monday, April 03, 2017

What a great time of the year to do this hike. A lot of flowers, beautiful weather, easy walk, just beautiful!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Cute little trail with squirrels, bunnies, and lots of lizards. Even though there weren't any spots with steep inclines, it was still a decent workout. There are many connecting trails if you want to extend your hike.
Dog poop every 10 feet or so :-/

Monday, March 27, 2017

Great, easy walk for beginners. Nice to slow things down a little. There is a steepish hill though so plan accordingly.

Monday, March 27, 2017

easy well walked clean trail!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nice and easy short hike with plenty areas of shade.

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