Explore the most popular trail running 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 beautiful

Love this trail

Awesome mountain bike trail with a few different routes. Very Technical Tracks from Moderate to Hard AF. Definitely Recommended for Mountain Biking

Good hike, great views from the summit. Quite a few rabbits, and LOTS of hummingbirds!

mountain biking
5 days ago

Badass sweeping burms to ride and tons of different trails. Will be going back for sure!! Lots of dirt jumps. Not for hiking!!

Great for a morning workout and enjoying the views.

we took the north trail on the way up and came down the South, highly recommend taking the South trail. Happy Trails

on Shepherd Canyon

11 days ago

Park at Chinese community church and head down the trail.

I would like to say it was hiking, but it was more walking along a nude beach for most of the stretch. Be forewarned there are a ton of clothing optional ladies and gents out there, mostly gents. You will probably feel very much out of place and over dressed but once you get past the first 3 miles of nudity (mostly males) there’s a good 3 or miles of terrain trail. Let me be clear as I should have read more of these reviews before I went. It’s not really a hike as much as it is a beach walk/run with a decent terrain at the end. If you’re reading this and it’s too late and you’ve already encountered too much skin exposure for a day you can take the roads back to the trail head.
Best of luck my friends.
P.S. I gave 2 Stars because I’m still recovering from the views.
But credit to the last 3 miles of the actual hike trek there were really good views of NATURE there.

Great and easy trail when your on the go and want to escape the city life. Park on any side street. There’s a little coffee shop at the start made out of a trailer camper. Enjoy!!

It was way more interesting than I expected. Definitely go to the waterfall. In general it’s very flat, but the trees are very beautiful.

$3 cash to park.

great experience in wonderful views

17 days ago

Some challenging parts!

19 days ago

Great workout and a challenging hike. Will do this one again.

19 days ago

The straightaway in the map is a series of steep incline and declines. The curvy portions navigate around the elevation to make it easier to work with.

Hiked both South and North Fortuna same day - 2 of the 5 of the 5 peak challenge. Great and challenging workout! Bring plenty of water on hot days. Not overly crowded making hiking peaceful.

22 days ago

Loved this trail! One of 5 of the 5 peak challenge and my favorite. Views are great, not as crowded, challenging, great workout!

great trail. go early to miss the heat. it is usually 10-15 degrees warmer than downtown. bring extra water.

trail running
24 days ago

Great trail for walking and trail run. Several trails to choose from. Small ponds and waterfall along the way. Came across several people on trail and mountain bikers. Share the path. Signs throughout path. Great workout. Will do again. Recommend if your looking to walk (not hike) and trail run.

24 days ago

All cement trails. No issues with stroller on trail.

trail running
24 days ago

Great run/hike from the visitor’s center parking lot. Took my dogs with me but it was a little harder than I thought it would be for them (my doberman had a blast but my medium-sized lab mix struggled in a couple spots). We stuck to the trail for the sake of safety. Nice views at the top of the trail.

25 days ago

This aptly-named, well maintained and marked trail is probably good for mtn. bikers and trail runners but there is only a small amount that is anything but grass (for most of the year this mean brown scrub). If you take this and stay left you can catch the dam overlook and then hoop up with the oak trail which is much more interesting and has a bit more shade for most of the year.

Nice trail for skill levels. Pretty green and pleasant. Trail could be marked better.

Great 4.1-mile loop done this morning. Trails are well marked and easy to navigate, especially in combination with the Alltrails app. We started around 1030am and hiked for two hours, stopping frequently for the dogs to drink water and take breaks. There is no shade, so make sure that your pup is ready for the heat! The trail was dry and dusty and therefore slippery in some of the steeper sections. If you go clockwise around the loop you end up going down the steepest part rather than up it. Overall an easy to slightly moderate hike for more experienced hikers. Lovely views and breeze at the top.

More of a walk than a hike, but suited our needs perfectly. Quite a few other hikers and bikers but a nice wide trail and really lovely waterfall/pools at the end of the trail and some pretty bridges crossing the stream along the way. Brought the dogs on leashes and they loved it. Did see a pretty big snake slither across the path so was glad we kept the dogs on leashes at all times.

love this trail. nice, quick, challenging hike.

Great hike! Very easy if you walk! Lots of different routes to go which is nice for seeing different things. But I did have to PAY THREE DOLLARS IN CASH

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