Explore the most popular wheelchair friendly 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.

on Balboa Park Trails

walking
7 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

I used the directions from the app and found a sign in the parking lot with a map. I wanted to do trail #12 and tried to follow the directions to the trail. I walked around the park for an hour before finding what might have been the trail but it was so secluded I didn’t feel safe going on it alone so I turned around and went to my usual walk in Encinitas. The park itself is nice with very nice tennis courts and several areas to relax and have a picnic. I just really wish there were better signs to show you where you are and where you’re headed.

2 months ago

This is in a national park and you have to pay to get in. I wish I would have read this before driving out here without money on me. Maybe another day.

Walked and ran some of this “trail” which actually an all paved walkway. Some parts of the path do not allow bikes/skateboards/scooters etc but people did anyway. Flat and easy path. Kid and dog safe. There are homeless along the path but not many and they didn’t bother anyway. If you have to go the bathroom there at least three public restrooms along the way. The harbor one (off the path near the hornblower ships) was the cleanest. I parked at the Embarcadero Marina Park parking lot, which is metered pay. Use a credit card (easiest) and it’s for 3 hours. Plenty of time to walk/run the path.

hiking
2 months ago

Peaceful trail with breathtaking views. Information signs about local wildlife and a few WWII-era structures keep the trail interesting, as do the natural surroundings themselves. I saw birds, bees, and even a small snake slithering across the trail. And the exposed yellow sandstone in one spot is really pretty. The all-downhill, then all-uphill factor makes it exhausting near the end, and I don't care for the very upper part that's just a paved road. But the bottom part of the trail is lovely. As for being wheelchair/stroller friendly, I wouldn't consider this trail to be suitable for either one. There is a short, paved panoramic loop behind the lighthouse that is accessible, but personally I wouldn't bring my stroller on this trail. I did bring my 2-year old twins with me but preferred to carry them both for short stretches rather than push 2 kids in a stroller uphill for a mile. And one more thing to consider: be prepared for no shade. I went on a cloudy morning, and it was perfect!

hiking
2 months ago

Very short but beautiful hike. No shade at all so on sunny hot days bring your shade with you. It’s an out and back that is all down hill out and uphill back. Then you have to add the road that you hike down that you then get to hike back up to the lighthouse. It’s all good in the end. The views are spectacular and worth the workout. Benches are placed along the trail so you can take a rest if you need to. Bring water!

Nice walking trail with beautiful water views. It's all uphill on the way back. I found stopping to read the information signs helpful for rest breaks as needed. Note, it does cost $15 to access the park via car but the pass is good for 1 week.

walking
3 months ago

Great views of San Diego!! Don’t think is wheel chair friendly at all! I was pushing my son (about 40 pounds) in a jogger stroller and it was a little bit challenging uphill. It was a great workout after all.

4 months ago

could be a potential romantic walk

hiking
4 months ago

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

walking
4 months ago

Downhill first mile, uphill on the wayback. jogger friendly.

hiking
4 months ago

Love Point Loma. This is a nice little trail with great views of Coronado, San Diego and Tijuana in the distance. There's some WWII history things to see related to gigantic spot lights and a generator building. Nothing too dramatic on the road grade - most people can handle it though wouldn't recommend wheel chairs. Lots of native California vegetation with some identification signage. Pick a little of the Coastal Sage and smush it with your fingers - the smell is wonderful.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views. Really cool little park.

5 months ago

Easy walk! Stunning views, cool breeze! Make sure you bring your water bottle. Enjoy!

Took a morning jog from Spanish Landing to Seaport Village. I avoided the crowds by going around 0830. View is beautiful of the bay. A good playlist and lots of sites to keep your mind busy as your walk, jog, run, or bike this route goes by quickly.

6 months ago

This is.a great trail with great views of San Diego Bay that’s about 2 miles round trip. It is almost completely downhill for the first mile and of course you must come back up for the second mile. I notice that it says wheelchair friendly....I don’t think so. The first quarter of a mile is paved. The rest is dirt and rocks.

walking
6 months ago

Favorite walk. Used to walk this everyday when I lived in PB.

walking
6 months ago

Pleasant Walk, Loved the nice little shops around, lot of people and activities around... It would be great day out on sunny day here...

Nice. A bit monotonous. Better than Florida Canyon. ⭐️3.5⭐️

Very fun. Lots of interesting people and enjoyed the pier at sunset. Huge bubbles were super cool.

Good area to run or walk the dog. Parking can be messy.

This is a nice, easy trail for a walk. Its fun to head down and explore the tidepools after. Don't bring your dog.

7 months ago

Great little nature walk.

Did the hike with my son and we both enjoyed it. My only complaint is certain sections are really close to the road. Still fun tho

hiking
7 months ago

Great views with easy access.

A lot of the trail was next to the road on a narrow path. It made me and my dog a little uneasy as the cars were going 30-40 mph. We did enjoy the parts that weren’t next the road. Probably won’t do this one again, but will explore other options in Balboa Park.

Easy walk, but beautiful views!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike, with GORGEOUS views of San Diego Bay, Pacific Ocean, and downtown SD!

Easy hike with a 3 year old boy

8 months ago

I would rate it moderate rather than easy. There are some steep inclines.

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