Explore the best road 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.

Im a beginner hiker so for me this was amazing, those 3 first hills give you an amazing cardio workout for sure!!! I was going to do both north and south hike but we was running out of water so we couldn't and we did the hike at 10 am so it was definitely HOT !!! Tho we survived lol but you do need a lot of water to hike that over all I loved that hike, the views, there was no lake when I went and we went to a section where there's a bunch of threes and catch some shade and makes for amazing pictures totally recommend it I am doing it again and hopefully I'll do the south one also for sure

hiking
3 days ago

Did this one today in blazing 89F degree heat. Saw very few people out there. Parked by the old dam, and headed up the Oak Canyon trail to the Fortuna Saddle trail, up to the North Fortuna peak, and then back down via the Perimeter trail. About 3 hours in total. First thing: grab a map from the box at the trailhead. This whole area gets a bit confusing, some orienteering is needed at times. Second, bring 2-3 liters of water if it's above 80 degrees, you'll thank yourself. Thirdly, don't let the mere 1,200 feet of elevation gain fool you. The higher summits of nearby Cowles and Woodson pack considerably more gain, but have a series of switchbacks that ease the pain. On this hike, most of your elevation gains occur in a straight line. The trek from Oak Canyon trail up to the saddle is a pretty savage uphill march. Fourth, be advised they shutter all the gates in and out of the parking lot at 7pm, so get an early start. Overall this hike provides a great bit of cardio, tons of gorgeous scenery as you pass through diverse habitats: waterfalls, rocky dry riverbed, grassland flats, wooded areas, and a boulder clad summit. Views abound in all directions from the peak: downtown and Point Loma to the south. The peaks of Black Mountain, Iron Mountain, Woodson, El Cajon Mountain to the north and east. Cuyamaca peak clearly visible as well. This is a gem of a hike, and so close to the city center. I recently did the South Fortuna loop from the Mission Gorge Road trailhead, and I'd say this route was way more enjoyable. I look forward to doing it again and highly recommend it.

road biking
5 days ago

walking
6 days ago

road biking
11 days ago

walking
11 days ago

Bridge right over the water. Very scenic and beautiful. Easy walk and great for cyclists too.

mountain biking
15 days ago

Great views! Totally worth the hill!

walking
17 days ago

walking
18 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

mountain biking
20 days ago

A rather challenging ride for the average mtber. I started at the Dog Park going south and took Pershing Dr back up to the park. Half of the trail on the Florida Dr side has some pretty rough and technical climbing. It might be easier with a FS mtb as I did it with a hardtail. Overall, its fun and accomplishing.

Not so much a hike as just walking along the road by various little stretches of water. Come here with your dog to play with other dogs by the water.

23 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

The walk is easy, the view is incredible. This is an down and up trail, so be prepared to carry little ones who could make the trip down, but not back ;) Wide with a few rest stops along the way with benches. Sit down and watch jets take off from the naval base in Coronado, watch ship traffic come in and out of the bay, and soak in the incredible view of San Diego.