Explore the most popular kid 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.

awesome trail front side I good start then move to side service road and then for extra distance use big rock,, I come here at least twice a week for cardio workout

Great trail, was packed by 9am. Ground was like stepping on marbles and feet went out from under me. Beautiful view all the way up

hiking
5 days ago

Everything was great .!! Is a really good place to go w your friends and family .! Is really beautiful.!

hiking
5 days ago

I hike the service road 4-5 times a week. Great hike and I love it. Amazed how much trash is left behind and people with dogs off leash. Just posted a picture of a rattlesnake I saw last week. Please leash your dog so they don’t get bitten and I better not catch anyone leaving trash.

on Balboa Park Trails

walking
5 days ago

Surprisingly scenic! Plus we got to hike alongside a river for awhile which was pretty awesome. Solid elevation changes, I wore my toddler in a carrier on the uphill and we admired tons of wildflowers. Really enjoyable little hike.

Great late evening hike!

hiking
15 days ago

A very relaxing hike. The 5 mile distance will give you a nice exercise.

a nice, easy hike. good for a trail run, for sure and very pretty.

hiking
19 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.

walking
19 days ago

when it gets too hot to hike the mtns and desert, go urban hiking lol. this was fun and you get to see some little known places around northern central downtown.

A little challenging due to the amount of people but great. Please keep your pups on a leash, especially the smaller ones. People do run up and down. Once you reach the top know there are other trails that branch off. Take water!

trail running
21 days ago

This is my favorite way to access the Cowles summit. Not nearly so busy as the main route up, and easy access from my neighborhood. It’s a nice run and a good workout.

I went around 10 in the morning and seemingly had the trail all to myself. Saw a handful of little lizards and a bunny rabbit, along with several snake holes. Beautiful trail, minus the freeway views towards the western-most points. Will be doing again.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice if you hike early morning

22 days ago

not a hike, but a nice place to walk.

Gorgeous. Go at low tide and spend plenty of time at the tide pools.

Long but easy, good for a run

hiking
24 days ago

This hike is easily one of my favorites!!! It’s challenging enough to get your heart pumping & there is such an incredibly beautiful view from the top!! I love the two panoramic photo boards that point out many of the noteworthy sights you can see from the summit!

walking
24 days ago

Pretty, easy, and shaded walk!

Some very modest hills, but otherwise a flat walk (or run) up Penesquitos Canyon. A small waterfall at the mid point provides some scrambling opportunities as well as a place to cool your feet. A fairly easy hike, but little to no breeze in the canyon, so not a good option on hot days.

great way to spend the day

Great conditioning hike but primarily easy on the knees and interesting location with river bed on one side and up the hill are buildings .... fun surprises !

The heat was a little tough but nothing too bad.

Trail is super easy and it is under construction. The pass is closed however if you look hard enough you will find a hidden trail, scale down the edge of the mountain and it leads to a rope, climb down that rope and you have a beautiful beach that is secluded and private and all to yourself. That was the best part!

The views are amazing. I don't think it was a mile.

walking
26 days ago

Great for walking and bay views

It's beautiful

walking
1 month ago

Great city walk. We followed the map and never stepped off concrete. The bridges were fun and gave you something to count and look forward to along the way. It was a full 6 miles plus. Fairly flat for the most part, I’d consider this an easy walk other than the distance.

walking
1 month ago

I had heard about the fire in the Slough and wanted to check out for myself how much of the nature preserve was affected. The burned area is off the loop trails that can be accessed from the Valeta St trailhead. It doesn’t affect the trail itself (although it did come right up to it) and was mainly in an area that used to be accessible but is now closed for revegetation, between a bench at an overlook and the Point Loma Tennis Club courts. I was happy to see that the tall bushes of the loop trails are unaffected. It’s worth mentioning that the park was cleaner than I’d ever seen it before. No one camping at the trailhead, no RVs in the parking lot, and no trash on the trail.

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