Explore the most popular lake 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.

It’s out and back at the moment. The dam is closed for repairs until October 11th 2018. Great place though!

walking
13 days ago

Easy walk and nice views at sunset. Lots of bathrooms too and free parking.

hiking
23 days ago

Loved it. Brought my three children and we had an amazing family time, very nice view of the lake. Not crowded at all on Wednesday morning. My 7 year old boy was running and jumping on the way back. A little harder for my 9 year old daughter but still loved it.

Easy walk with the bob stroller. Plenty of places to stop and take in the view.

Easy. Pretty. Dog friendly.

Nice view and almost flat with frequent breeze I would definitely love to go back

I loved it and so did my dog

walking
1 month ago

Accurately described. Lake with a bit of desert landscaping. All dogs were on leash. Some owners don’t scoop the poop. Overall nice trail.

trail running
1 month ago

West end of this trail is super sketchy and not run-able. I lost the trail twice. Views are really pretty and I only saw one person.

trail running
1 month ago

Nearly completely flat paved trail. Perfect for a recovery run. Gets crowded later in the am on the weekends.

I hiked this trail today round trip from the Westwood neighborhood and back through 4S ranch for, about 10 miles total. Did not see any other hikers along the lake, but did have to use google maps a few times to find the trail. There are several very steep bits, so be sure you’ve got good boots/shoes. Be sure to bring plenty of water as well.

This trail was freaking gorgeous loved every bit of it!!!!!! Definitely coming back to this one!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

easy tons of different trail. scenic

walking
2 months ago

Pretty, easy, and shaded walk!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Cool spot to for a quick ride. Other trails nearby that are pretty cool for mountain bikes

Nice surprise find

Super easy trail to either walk or bike. Pathways are plenty wide for most of the trail, but be courteous of walkers if you're biking. Likewise, don't hog the trail if you're in a group. Parking is usually plentiful, and there are a lot of place to have a meal afterwards nearby.

Very very nice trail! Great Lake views

walking
4 months ago

It’s a very pretty trail around the lake. It’s completely flat the entire route. It can be very busy on the weekends, so the earlier you start, the better

Amazing ! It’s a must

trail running
5 months 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

road biking
5 months ago

Great trail to get some biking in.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is easy and can be finished in half an hour. It's well suited for a after-work/school stroll as well. The view is good and the cactus plants form good scenery.

6 months ago

beautiful

The hike started out great we even enjoyed the hike up the hill. However when you get to the top the downhill on the backside is closed and washed out. The trail around the lake is nice and easy. The backside does have a sign saying the shortcut is closed. Would have been nice on the front side before going up the hill

Great easy trail. Did it during the week and came across only a handful of people on the trail. Nice views of the lake. If you want peace and quiet, this is the spot. I needed Google maps to follow the trail properly and not veer off the main trail.

walking
6 months ago

Easy little loop around the lake, quite shady and cool. Very appropriate for bringing young kiddos. Is also a nice running track, each lap is 8/10 of a mile.

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