Best trails in San Diego, California

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Looking for a great trail near San Diego, California? AllTrails has 129 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Border Field State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like El Capitan County Preserve or Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 67 easy trails in San Diego ranging from 0.7 to 10.4 miles and from 9 to 1,167 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in San Diego, California
Top trails (129)
#1 - Fortuna Mountain Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
#2 - Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Located just 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego, Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is a popular destination for runners, walkers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The trail is well-maintained, generally flat and offers a mixture of shade and sun along the route. Visitors can stay on the main drag or head off on the single lane trails that meet up with the two main trails. The trail is great for kids and a pleasant route for enjoying the gorgeous blue skies stretching across San Diego County. Roads and trails in this area do periodically close due to flooding and wet conditions. Please check with the park rangers before visiting for current conditions: (858) 538-8066. There is a $3 parking fee at the parking lot off of Black Mountain Road.Show more
#3 - Seven Bridge Walk
Balboa Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
#4 - Pyles Peak Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
#5 - South Fortuna Trail and Fortuna Saddle Trail Loop
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
#6 - Lake Miramar Trail
Lake Miramar
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
There are two options that parallel each other - a dirt trail and a paved trail. Paw protection is recommended for dogs on the paved trail as the pavement can get quite hot. Lake Miramar is open seven days a week for fishing, private boats, float tubes, and kayaks from 6 AM to 6 PM. There are boat rentals available on a first-come-first-served basis. Swimming and stand up paddle boarding are not allowed. Accessibility: The paved trail option is typically at least five feet wide and gentle with an estimated max grade of 3%. The surface is smooth and most wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller users will find this trail navigable.Show more
#7 - Tecolote Canyon Trail
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
A relatively flat, easy to walk trail with a few steep inclines (as long as you keep to the west) with a few creek crossings after rains toward Genesee. While this route is an out-and-back, there are plenty of different side routes leading up and out of the canyon to the surrounding neighborhoods offering a choose your own adventure type hike. The trail transitions from a fire road to a single track. The trails surroundings transition from the south end to the north end. At the north end there is great tree cover and shade as you're walking near the creek (not the cleanest). At the south end theres low plants and you'll be exposed to the sun. Keep an ear open for approaching mountain bikes.Show more
#8 - Climbers Loop Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
While this trail is short, it is difficult and is considered a level 3 difficult hike by Mission Trails. This route is for experienced hikers and mountain climbers, please see other options in the area if this is not for you.Show more
#9 - Sunset Cliffs Park Trail
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 47 m
#10 - South Fortuna Mountain Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 47 m
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