Looking for a great trail near San Diego, California? AllTrails has 126 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 in Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Mission Trails Regional Park or Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 66 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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hiking
bridge out
5 days ago

Looks like a great trail but you can’t cross the San Diego River right now and another storm is coming. Access via a different trail head such as the one to the west on all trails. I started off at the trailhead on this map and diverted to a new hike plan by hiking over to climbers loop then kwaay paay peak. Fun and beautiful nonetheless!

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

Great for trail running. Alternative to regular ol Cowles.

Connecting trail is closed. Have to use the service road

running
muddy
6 days ago

Flat off-road trail was muddy but easily passable a few days after heavy rains. You can do about 75% off-road, the rest is paved. Paved path was heavily trafficked with walkers, runners, and bikers.

This is a nice pedestrian-only road that follows the canyon that splits Kwaay Paay and South Fortuna, and follows the San Diego River on it’s way down to the city. It’s paved and can accommodate all skill levels including wheelchairs. I added in a quick detour up Climbers Loop on the way north and turned off at the Grinding Rocks trail on the way back to the visitor center. However, you can take the paved path the entire way.

Beautiful morning for a hike, the rain makes for some great hiking, no dust, clean air, get out and hike

hiking
6 days ago

The trail is paved which makes it easy to walk. It is crowded after 8am on weekends due to it is popular spot for runners. It is nice trail for relax and spend good time.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

Did this in November so the temperature was great for no shade. Great views of the ocean on a clear day and some great hills for cardio, the rocky trail could be challenging for runners.

This is best early morning when the water is calm and smooth. The ducks/ birds are nice to watch as you walk by, the crew team is also out training which is entertaining to see them glide on the glassy water. I have done this walk several times at various times of the day, even as late as midnight when the picnickers/ partiers are gathered around their bonfires. Flat, lots of bathrooms and parking.

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

Not unbearable, but stretches on the initial loop were fairly muddy.

hiking
flooded
muddy
rocky
washed out
7 days ago

We had received several inches of rain prior to this hike, the waterfall was amazing but we couldn’t get across, so instead of a loop we did a in and back hike. Great location and amazing views.

Absolutely beautiful

down the street from my old apartment perfect quick hike to feel like your out of town

hiking
flooded
muddy
8 days ago

hiking
flooded
8 days ago

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Nice views at the top— very rocky though. And fairly muddy

hiking
closed
flooded
rocky
scramble
washed out
9 days ago

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