Explore the most popular beach 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.

I biked the suggested from Dairy Mart Rd to Friendship Park. Just amazing!

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.

mountain biking
11 days ago

Great starter trail for Mountain Biking.

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
14 days 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!

A nice hike showcasing the rugged beauty of San Diego’s cliffs. It’s gorgeous!! The trail is has steps built into the steeper slopes. Parts of the areas you can explore are dangerous, especially with little ones - I felt that I had to be very attentive and careful with my kids. It’s a pretty short trail, but you can also drive up to the lighthouse parking lot and walk the Bayside Trail or the shorter panoramic trails around the lighthouse. There is an entrance fee of $15 per car (good for one week), but $30 gets you an annual pass to this park. If you’re military, you can get a free annual pass for all the National Parks here.

Didn't know we have this beautiful trail so close to the border. It's nice for all levels, no mountains, nature

This park is closed! Would be nice if that would show that before I wasted my time driving there!

Very basic

Not really a hike. One mile but it is very cool looking. If you go in the winter I guess the low tide is during the day hours so you can get to more of the cool places. Nice and relaxing. Carry some snacks and have a picnic on the shore. Very relaxing. You can bring your fur babies too.

hiking
25 days 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!

It’s a mellow stroll with great views.

Nice but so short it’s almost pointless

Never disappoints!

1 month ago

If you start from dairy mart rd and finish at friendship park. Your round trip will be around 10 miles.It s a flat surface and easy .Seldom used so there's alot of wildlife. Saw a black throated magpie jay gorgeous bird. On the actual trail a coyote was chasing a jack rabbit. Theres alot of roadrunners too.

trail running
1 month ago

Its a good long flat running trail.

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.

Nice trail, pretty flat but a good distance. only saw a few other bicycles on the trail.

Pretty easy hike.

Is under construction. Nothing but the dusty field(( All passes are closed

walking
1 month 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.

Beautiful views but yes be prepared to see naked people. We walked 6 miles in and out

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, down the narrow canyon to Mottram Falls, and then back up to the gliderport via a steep climbing trail that passes directly above the waterfall. Very cool & rugged sandstone canyons, caves, lagoons, and waterfalls. Precarious in many spots, watch your footing. Highly recommend!

mountain biking
2 months ago

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

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.

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

Beautiful

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