Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Good hike that leads to a small waterfall, but a little crowded. Still worth the experience.

Great hike, good amount of switchbacks but plenty of level ground to catch your breath. Would definitely rate this hike more on the easier side. Really enjoy the view once you get to the top! Would have given it 5 stars but the trail is very busy at all times of the day and the people on the trail tend to keep to themselves without a smile or "hello". We can't control the popularity of the trail, but a little smile or "hello" goes a long way to making a trail more enjoyable.

This is a short hike and I did it in 2 hours. It's relatively quiet which I liked. However most part of the trail is very narrow and only allows one person to pass. It's somehow dangerous when the bikers dive down on the trial and they can easily crash onto you. I was very scared. So I'd say this trail is more for mountain bikers and by looking at the terrain (how it is shaped), many tracks have been made by the bikers and I can imagine it to be a lot fun to ride here.

Lovely trail, well maintained. We did the loop today in 2hrs 22min.

- I was grateful we chose to go UP the grade, to your right from the parking lot, which meant we went DOWN the goat hill section.
- partial shade when you are down in the canyon
- lots of lizards, some wildflowers, some birds, thankfully no snakes!
- very few other folks out
- flat canyon-top 1.5-ish mile segment of the trail that backs up to the parking lots of tech offices
- although dogs are allowed, this trail is very narrow in parts, and the volume of plants with burrs and “stickers” would have me leave mine at home for this one.
- view includes houses and businesses- about 1/6 of it you feel totally “in nature”
- I echo what others have written- most photos shown (another user’s) are NOT from this trail- they are from Los Penasquitos Canyon trail.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Hardly anyone around and the beach all to yourself. Watch for horseback.

My second time at North Fortuna. This time I signed the book

could be a potential romantic walk

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

Not a very interesting trail and crowded. Very hot. The creek was cool.

trail running
17 days ago

good workout, able to jog throughout, tons of rocks most of the way if you are jogging it watch your ankles! Great incline and View at the top! no shade, bring water.

hiking
17 days ago

Good hike! The trail loops and is perfect if you're looking for a quick hike. Towards the end is all incline and no shade. Be prepared.

The saddle trail is super steep and slippery. Great cardio workout and a fun slip and slide on the way down!

Great short walking

People! If you bring dogs, don't leave the dog crap-bag next to the trail. Pick it up and don't be lazy. BETTER YET, leave your pet at home.
Trail was decent, not crowded, and had benches here and there.

This was my first "hike" in San Diego. Nice incline. Fairly congested up and down. Great views throughout.

Wear hiking boots if you take the saddle trail. It gets slipperaaaaaaay! I like horses.

Went with my 4 yr old and 8 month old and they did fine. Saw a large coyote after a family of deer which was neat. Waterfall was ok nothing spectacular but nice to look at. We came in on the West side of the trail so no parking fee.

If you drive in to the actual preserve it costs $3 to park. There was still quite a bit of water at the falls, it was a pretty hike!

Beautiful scenery and trail is very clear - most climbing up steps though and is very crowded

walking
25 days ago

Nice easy walk with spots of shade and beautiful views. Connects to the river trail so can cross over and go up the hill if you want something more challenging!

hiking
25 days ago

Very nice, hilly hike/trail run w great views of San Diego and Miramar Airbase.

great for Sunrise!!

Like others have mentioned, the trails here are not marked well at all. You hike on dirt and rocks, with no signage at times to help you navigate. Luckily, the AllTrails app really helps with that. I parked at the dam, took the Oak Canyon trail, followed that to the Fortuna Saddle trail (super steep and slippery towards the top), then hiked to the South Fortuna summit, came down and climbed the North Fortuna summit. Then I climbed back down via the perimeter trail, which is brutal. Extremely steep and slippery on the way down, even with hiking shoes. I ran out of water too (I had 2L with me). 7.8 miles total!

This trail is probably the most popular and busiest trails in San Diego. It's an easy and quick hike. It's definitely more fun when you run all the way down, but this can add some pressure on your knees and ankles so be extremely careful. It provides a great workout and there's ample space at the top to stop for a drink or a quick snack just to enjoy the scenery. You will find yourself having to go around or letting people pass, making it less enjoyable.

I really enjoyed the trail with my husband & 3 yr daughter. Very easy and scenic but was disappointed when I only saw a running stream of water instead of an actual waterfall as signs say. It had just rained a couple of days before so I thought for sure the “waterfall” would be flowing beautifully!

A nice long trail so if you like long walks & nature go check it out. Bring plenty of water food/snacks. At the end of trail is a water fall nice site to see.

1 month ago

Nice but very busy as you would expect being so close by.

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