Best trails in San Diego

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Looking for a great trail near San Diego, California? AllTrails has 133 great hiking trails, 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 Lake Poway Park or El Capitan County Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 74 easy trails in San Diego ranging from 0.7 to 11.3 miles and from 9 to 1,292 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
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#1 - Cowles Mountain Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Note: This trail, the parking lot and restrooms may still be closed due to COVID-19. Please check the the Mission Trails Regional Park website for more information. https://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-Show more
#2 - Fortuna Mountain Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
Fortuna Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options Show more
#3 - Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
PLEASE NOTE: Roads and trails in this area might be closed to flooding/wet conditions. Please contact the park before visiting to determine trail conditions. This is a generally flat hike that you caShow more
#4 - 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
Although the Mission Trails Regional Park is open for recreation, all the park’s parking lots, Cowles Mountain, Pyles Peak, Kumeyaay Lake Campground, the MTRP Visitor Center and all other facilities aShow more
#5 - Pyles Peak Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
Pyles Peak Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
#6 - Los Penasquitos Canyon (from Lopez Canyon)
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 4 h 54 m
NOTE: Trails sometimes close due to flooding or damage. For real-time updates call the Ranger Office at 858-538-8066.Show more
#7 - Tecolote Canyon Trail
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
NOTE: As of April 2020, parking lot to the trailhead and facilities are closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check the park website for more information. A relatively flat, easy to walk trail witShow more
#8 - Sunset Cliffs Trail
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Sunset Cliffs Trail is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near San Diego, California that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs aShow more
#9 - Nighthawk Trail to Black Mountain Summit
Black Mountain Open Space
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
This trail can also be made into a loop by coming down the western side on the Black Mountain Service Road.Show more
#10 - Peñasquitos Falls loop via Carmel Valley
San Diego, California
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Peñasquitos Falls loop via Carmel Valley is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used Show more
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