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.
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.
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!
Princess K. on Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail
very easy but long. love the water fall