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.

hiking
1 day ago

Been coming here for years every time I visit San Diego. Nothing technical or hard at all. Just a walk in the park! Ha Ha! I parked near the street near the Fleet Science Center and did the whole perimeter of the park. In addition, I crossed the bridge and checked out the Western side of the park along sixth avenue including the Natural Gardens. It's cool you can climb the old tower inside the park now! I didn't do it this trip and it's expensive. I love visiting here!

It’s a mellow stroll with great views.

This trail was an excellent workout. There’s a lot of steep trails so I’d be wary of what footwear you decided to don. A large portion of the trail as mapped out on the app is roads they must use for utility vehicles to access the high lines in the canyon. For a unique experience I recommend taking some side trails, if you have time. At the very top of the marked trail on the app (I took the right at the fork), there’s an area that continues north and then loops back around to marked trail. It adds about half a mile to the trail, but it’s very scenic and takes you through probably the most shaded area in the entire canyon that has a trail. There’s also a nice creek down there (mostly dry stagnant water) that I snapped an excellent photo of my dog near

trail running
7 days ago

The trail has a paved path and also a regular trail path. Gets too crowded after 9 on weekends.

Shady very clean park easy hike

Nice city hike, some trail, start from the bottom of maple st. Nice views, easy for the whole family, i do recommend!

Nice but so short it’s almost pointless

Good fun, difficult in places but overall fun
Gets hot and there is little shade

Beautiful hike! Good elevation and lovely views. We were hiking, but saw a mountain biker, a trail runner and a dog walker on our trip. Went with our 3 kids, ages 10, 8 and 3 - it was challenging enough to be fun, but doable enough that no one was whining.

Never disappoints!

Great up hill hike... amazing views

trail running
10 days ago

Pretty sweet lil trail super easy , easy to navigate , descent lil scenery nice lil water way in the middle

Easy and short trail with nice views at the top.

10 days 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
11 days 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.

Definitely bring some sandals, or a towel. The waterfall and creek is very inviting after hiking an hour or two. Flat and lots of nature.

Great views, I don’t give it 5 stars because it’s not marked at all, you need to use the app, otherwise you get lost. There are too many gated properties downhill and it’s hard to find you way back.

It was a great walk!

So this hike is beautiful but... the tick infestation sign at the trail head is no joke! My dog brought home 9 ticks. If you hike this trail I highly recommend staying directly on the trail and don’t let your furry friend run around in the brush at all! I love the hike but I won’t be back to this one because the ticks are terrible to deal with.

hiking
19 days ago

Great little urban hike hidden right in Hillcrest & Bankers Hill. I try to do this every now and again. Usually lightly trafficked

Fkng hard!!
Or i am too old

hiking
21 days ago

My first West Coast hike and I enjoyed it. The day was of course hot and dry which is much different than what I'm used to in the Northeast but with enough water certainly enjoyable. The view was fantastic all the way up. Wasn't too busy late morning on a weekday. Path is dusty and firm packed but no real traction issues. Just over an hour up and back. A good way to start my vacation.

I went out here to test the trail for running, as Afoot and Afield had listed it as a nice trail run. This is a really pretty, easy hike that has a lot of shady areas, a rare occurrence in San Diego. However, it is NOT suitable for running! Lots of river rocks and unstable surfaces make it unsafe for running. I'll stick to walking next time!

great for beginners.

Crowded but enjoyed it

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

Pretty easy hike.

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