Explore the most popular walking 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.

Great work out. Watch out for some areas of lose gravel. So many trails out here I love it.

I will forever have a special place in my heart for this mountain. In April of 2018 I started my new journey to lose weight. I am so proud to say by July 2018 I had lost 40lbs. I hiked and still hike Cowles 2-3 time a week and that was it. This hike is great for beginners and experienced hikers. Don’t give up in the hard areas you can do it! The view is worth it. I like to cut from the front trail to the back trail at the top for a nice steep incline at the top. Have fun!

Go early before the crowds

Very pretty and very easy. Perfect for kids.

nature trips
1 day ago

Great place to find some little gems such as the tree with the insanely big roots! Recommend sneakers for the actual hiking trails.

1 day ago

I have hike this trail many times it’s always a pleasure. Very peaceful and every so often you’ll see some wildlife. Mission Trails Park is beautiful.

it was awesome

2 days ago

I have hiked this trail a few times. It is so close to where many of us live and very accessible.

I have done all the mission trails. Ok for an afternoon or morning walk

Ok for a walk

The big rock trail does not exist or connect can’t make the loop

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

7 days ago

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

Great hike with a BEATIFUL view. I started from Hilltop Park and it took me about an hour and a half from start to finish. I lucked out and made the trip on a pretty overcast day, absolutely loved it.

Great trail for any age group and fur babies. I'm def not in shape and was fine. Rocky ground so my hiking boots helped immensely! Hiked Saturday around 530 pm and headed down as the sun was setting, perfect weather and time. Less ppl then the last time I went on a Sunday.

Good trail run for being in the city.

8 days ago

Uneventful and busy. If you are new to hiking its good though.

Directions send you to the plaza but put in Sabre Springs Park. You can park there and then walk around the back side near the dugout mounds to the end. The trail is right before the gate to the park on your left. It's barely a trail but it's there and steep! Very steep the whole way. Kicked our butts but the top was worth it although it was misty. We got lost on the way back though so keep looking at the map to keep you on track!

I’m giving this a 5 because I thought it was really well marked, maintained, and quiet on a Friday morning. I took some of the side trails to keep my and my little one in the shade and keep him entertained with the water flow. This is the perfect little escape in San Diego when Julian, Romona, etc. are too far for a hike.

A lot quieter this way :) and you don’t really lose any distance from the “freeway” up the front

it was a great hike

I wore my 14 month old in a back pack. Tried to take advantage of a cool day in San Diego and got a late start. The clouds broke and it was super hot and dry, I was prepared and he was more than fine in the back pack since he has a shade cover, but I was super hot. More on the hard/moderate side since I had an extra 30lbs on my back but agree with others that this is an under rated, excellent hike with significantly less people and stellar views at the top.

A nice close hike that had some trees near a creek but little running water. Still beautiful tho. About 500 feet from the trail head there is a nice side trail that comes back into the main one which is nice to take. I think it was called “battle trail” I logged 5.2 miles and 2.9 hours. The info center is nice and informative. Have fun

Loved the waterfall view and the bridges. Really enjoyed this hike! Would definitely do it again!!

Did this hike with my son this weekend and we really liked it. The views at the summit were beautiful and we caught some of the air show at Miramar.. that was a plus! Would recommend this trail and would definitely do it again

17 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.

trail running
17 days ago

Used to run this regularly in college, did again while visiting friends due to proximity. Perpetually busy, worn out trail. Much better options out there!

17 days ago

Good little walk around some local trails. after walking the trails, I went and walked around Baloboa park

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