Explore the best birding 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.

hiking
11 hours ago

Slippery but s great hike

great hike

Great, easy walk for beginners. Nice to slow things down a little. There is a steepish hill though so plan accordingly.

walking
2 days ago

easy well walked clean trail!

I love Cowles! I arrived around 5am and watched the sun rise from the top around 6 or 6:30.

Pros: Amazing views from the top in all directions, not technically difficult, not incredibly long.

Cons: Poor parking (albeit free), man made switchbacks, extremely crowded.

hiking
3 days ago

NOTE: $3 for parking, cash only - no change

Streams, waterfall. About 7 miles roundtrip. Several side paths that all lead you back to the main path. Green all around, wide path, dogs on leash allowed.

Strollers (jogging) and mountain bikes. Kids and dog loves it. If you want to play on the water fall, bring change of shoes.

This one was amazing! We went on a different trail that took us through the middle of the designated Fortuna Loop (don't worry, we stayed on paths and didn't do any trailblazing...), but it was all great. It was so green from all the rain! Loved it. We did see a rattlesnake, though, so be careful!

walking
3 days ago

very easy but long. love the water fall

Good little hike, saw a fat rattlesnake crossing the trail!!