Explore the most popular trails near San Diego with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Great views always!

It's beautiful

walking
4 days ago

Great city walk. We followed the map and never stepped off concrete. The bridges were fun and gave you something to count and look forward to along the way. It was a full 6 miles plus. Fairly flat for the most part, I’d consider this an easy walk other than the distance.

Love this trail

I had heard about the fire in the Slough and wanted to check out for myself how much of the nature preserve was affected. The burned area is off the loop trails that can be accessed from the Valeta St trailhead. It doesn’t affect the trail itself (although it did come right up to it) and was mainly in an area that used to be accessible but is now closed for revegetation, between a bench at an overlook and the Point Loma Tennis Club courts. I was happy to see that the tall bushes of the loop trails are unaffected. It’s worth mentioning that the park was cleaner than I’d ever seen it before. No one camping at the trailhead, no RVs in the parking lot, and no trash on the trail.

Awesome mountain bike trail with a few different routes. Very Technical Tracks from Moderate to Hard AF. Definitely Recommended for Mountain Biking

Good hike, great views from the summit. Quite a few rabbits, and LOTS of hummingbirds!

I love this trail for all the small paths you can take.

mountain biking
7 days ago

Badass sweeping burms to ride and tons of different trails. Will be going back for sure!! Lots of dirt jumps. Not for hiking!!

Great for a morning workout and enjoying the views.

we took the north trail on the way up and came down the South, highly recommend taking the South trail. Happy Trails

on Shepherd Canyon

13 days ago

Park at Chinese community church and head down the trail.

I would like to say it was hiking, but it was more walking along a nude beach for most of the stretch. Be forewarned there are a ton of clothing optional ladies and gents out there, mostly gents. You will probably feel very much out of place and over dressed but once you get past the first 3 miles of nudity (mostly males) there’s a good 3 or miles of terrain trail. Let me be clear as I should have read more of these reviews before I went. It’s not really a hike as much as it is a beach walk/run with a decent terrain at the end. If you’re reading this and it’s too late and you’ve already encountered too much skin exposure for a day you can take the roads back to the trail head.
Best of luck my friends.
P.S. I gave 2 Stars because I’m still recovering from the views.
But credit to the last 3 miles of the actual hike trek there were really good views of NATURE there.

Great and easy trail when your on the go and want to escape the city life. Park on any side street. There’s a little coffee shop at the start made out of a trailer camper. Enjoy!!

It was way more interesting than I expected. Definitely go to the waterfall. In general it’s very flat, but the trees are very beautiful.

$3 cash to park.

great experience in wonderful views

hiking
18 days ago

Some challenging parts!

hiking
21 days ago

Great workout and a challenging hike. Will do this one again.

hiking
21 days 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.

walking
21 days ago

Walked the last part of the out-and-back trail between W. Point Loma Ave. and I-8. Beautiful natural surroundings, but the trail runs very close to the adjacent apartment complex. Also, there were signs of transient camping. Still a pretty nice walk though.

Hiked both South and North Fortuna same day - 2 of the 5 of the 5 peak challenge. Great and challenging workout! Bring plenty of water on hot days. Not overly crowded making hiking peaceful.

hiking
24 days ago

Loved this trail! One of 5 of the 5 peak challenge and my favorite. Views are great, not as crowded, challenging, great workout!

great trail. go early to miss the heat. it is usually 10-15 degrees warmer than downtown. bring extra water.

trail running
26 days ago

Great trail for walking and trail run. Several trails to choose from. Small ponds and waterfall along the way. Came across several people on trail and mountain bikers. Share the path. Signs throughout path. Great workout. Will do again. Recommend if your looking to walk (not hike) and trail run.

walking
26 days ago

All cement trails. No issues with stroller on trail.

trail running
26 days ago

Great run/hike from the visitor’s center parking lot. Took my dogs with me but it was a little harder than I thought it would be for them (my doberman had a blast but my medium-sized lab mix struggled in a couple spots). We stuck to the trail for the sake of safety. Nice views at the top of the trail.

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