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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Did this one as a loop. Hiked the Ho Chi Minh trail from the gliderport down to the beach, walked north on the beach to this trail, and then back up to the gliderport. Very cool & rugged sandstone canyons, caves, lagoons, and waterfalls. Highly recommend!

mountain biking
1 day ago

Hardly anyone around and the beach all to yourself. Watch for horseback.

My second time at North Fortuna. This time I signed the book

Very busy and a lot of rock hopping

Nice views. There’s a hill coming up the canyon and another hill coming down but other than that it’s a nice and easy walk. FYI, we walked with our dogs here but encountered three other dogs all off leash. My dog is dog reactive and we weren’t happy about this. There are signs that dogs must be leashed but rules aren’t followed here.

could be a potential romantic walk

beautiful

This trail was a great little hike, I’m born and raised in San Diego and I never even heard of this trail. It’s like I found a gem in my back yard.

The hike started out great we even enjoyed the hike up the hill. However when you get to the top the downhill on the backside is closed and washed out. The trail around the lake is nice and easy. The backside does have a sign saying the shortcut is closed. Would have been nice on the front side before going up the hill

We were in San Diego for a conference and stopped in the evening. A bit busy but everyone had there own thing going: yoga, surfing, dog walking, photography. Stayed to watch the sunset of course- was not disappointed.

Great easy trail. Did it during the week and came across only a handful of people on the trail. Nice views of the lake. If you want peace and quiet, this is the spot. I needed Google maps to follow the trail properly and not veer off the main trail.

A gorgeous overlook of the ocean at sunset, but not so much a hike.

Great hike with my dog and SO. Beautiful day and nice sunny and shady spots. First part is slightly uphill and in nature with beautiful wild flowers and cacti blooming. The bridges are a nice treat as well as the unique homes along the way. Would hike it again! Note: I did see one needle cap near canyon exit so I would beware and not let kids or dogs loose around here.

hiking
7 days ago

Best big city park I’ve even been to.

Beautiful

beautiful spot! there will be crowds, it’s popular :)

Not a very interesting trail and crowded. Very hot. The creek was cool.

hiking
11 days ago

Very amazing view!!! Great easy hike, my friend with me did it in flip flops lol

trail running
13 days ago

good workout, able to jog throughout, tons of rocks most of the way if you are jogging it watch your ankles! Great incline and View at the top! no shade, bring water.

The saddle trail is super steep and slippery. Great cardio workout and a fun slip and slide on the way down!

This is a short, fun but rocky trail.... I will return after a good rain so I can see the water flowing!

Great short walking

People! If you bring dogs, don't leave the dog crap-bag next to the trail. Pick it up and don't be lazy. BETTER YET, leave your pet at home.
Trail was decent, not crowded, and had benches here and there.

This was my first "hike" in San Diego. Nice incline. Fairly congested up and down. Great views throughout.

Amazing trail! Once you get passed the overcrowded cowels mountain trail, you pretty much have the whole trail to yourself. I barely ran into 4 people all together. Great inclines and declines. The last .25 mile to the peak is a nice challenge for any hiker. Absolutely loved this trail- definitely coming back!

5 Peak challenge completed

Chill. My toddler enjoys running around here and exercising her nature vocabulary.

Wear hiking boots if you take the saddle trail. It gets slipperaaaaaaay! I like horses.

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