Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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 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!

hiking
1 day 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

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.

I really enjoy this hike the scenery and the different trails that they have made in the last few years close to my home it's so peaceful

Nice hike with great ocean views, tide pools, and interesting rock formations and cliffs.

AMPLIFIED MUSIC IS NOT ALLOWED. Please respect your fellow hikers. This is not your personal gym. Nobody wants to hear your music. Just use headphones and we’ll all get along great :)

hiking
4 days ago

Great view. Nice extra after finishing cowels

It was a short inclining trek to the top. Heavily populated with hikers, dogs, and trail runners of all experience. Despite getting there around 8am on a weekday, the trail was still quite crowded. Terrain was sandy, rocky, with lots of loose gravel. View was nice.

Nice easy paved road walk

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