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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7 hours ago

Loved the cool breeze while walking. Plenty of restrooms throughout the walk. Cement path through lots of park area. Plenty of parking.

flat and easy. access to beach

Great to go on with kids. The parking lot is small and might have to wait for one to open. Also there are paddle boats and such for rent.

Great views.. bring a compass it's easy to go off trail on little adventures. Stock up on water on hot days.

Go to hike in San Diego. 45 mins up, 30 mins down. Watch for slippery rocks.

The place of after-lunch-walk for QComm employees.

Easy less than a mile round... this is for chilling!

You have to go up
Cowles to make it to Pyles!!! 5hrs Hike

Trails aren’t well marked and lots of rock along the trail. However, the scenery is pretty and it’s not too crowded.

Great alternative to Cowels Mountain! A little less steep, quiet, less people, and wider trails.

Great and challenging hike, especially going up the stairs towards the end. Make sure to pay attention to the signs or you might just miss the peak. So many different routes to take to get you to the top!

6 days ago

This was a great hike and nice way to add some more distance / challenge to Cowells Mountain. The Hardest part for me was the climb back to Cowells Mountain from Pyles Peak, it was right when my legs started to get really tired! Make sure to plan accordingly on a hot day this hike would be brutal. Well worth the views.

decent trail, easy walk to stream. this hike tends to be crowded around the stream with multiple routes to get there.

Nice mix of easy walking and some inclines. There wasn’t much water throughout but the beautiful rock formations and variety of flat open spaces and bush laden trails was totally worth it! While there were a fair amount of folks at the trail, the space is large enough that it was still peaceful.

Good hike. Took on North and South together.

Nice hike, not to busy. Enjoyed it.

Nice hike. Recommend including Pyles Peak when you go.

This isn't a hike, it's more of a stroll along the beach, but the view is amazing and perfect for sunsets. However, please don't ignore the danger signs. My best friend's cousin was scrambling there, fell, and barely survived with a broken back, rib cage, face, and damaged internal organs. He had to be airlifted, and it went on the news and everything. It's relatively safe BUT DON'T IGNORE THE SIGNS

Not much of a hike but so much much fun and absolutely beautiful

Desent flat hike, waterfall was more of a stream but good hike

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