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Trails Near San Diego

San Diego: Black’s Beach to Torrey Pines State Reserve

A steep, 330-foot cliff descent begins a 5-mile out-and-back along one of SoCal’s last undeveloped coasts–which happens to include a famous nude beach.

San Diego: Ysabel Truck Trail

Ramble from canyon views to shady forest along the exposed cliff bands above Santa Ysabel Creek.

San Diego: Dripping Springs Trail

This 12.8-mile cardio challenge climbs 3,000 feet to sweeping vistas in Agua Tibia Wilderness. Start early with lots of water, and bring gaiters for the chaparral.

San Diego: Iron Mountain Trail

Tackle a heart-thumping 5.6-mile, out-and-back scramble over boulder fields to a 2,700-foot peak perched high above the coastal haze of the Pacific.

San Diego: Pacific Crest Trail (Long Canyon)

This aggressive 20.2-mile loop snakes past canyon walls and up aggressive ridgelines to stellar views of the Laguna Mountains and beyond.

San Diego: Daley Ranch Loop

This beautiful 7.1-mile figure-eight route visits a weathered farm and two ponds, then passes through chaparral patches to isolated oak stands.

San Diego: Santa Margarita River Trail

This 5.7-mile loop visits SoCal’s last wild river in Santa Margarita Canyon, a refuge hosting numerous species of endangered birds and plants.

San Diego: San Pasqual-Clevenger Trail South

Link two unnamed peaks in the rugged hills above San Pasqual-Clevenger Canyon on this challenging 4-mile, half-day hike.

San Diego: Sunset-Big Laguna Lake Loop

Ramble 7.8 miles through woodlands of black oak, Jeffrey pine, and incense cedar.

San Diego, CA: Garnet Peak-Champagne Pass Loop

Witness the stunning transition of forest to desert on a 10.5-mile hike that traverses the Laguna Mountains.

San Diego: El Cajon Mountain

Rock-scrambling and long-range vistas highlight this hardy 11.2-mile out-and-back up a much photographed but rarely climbed East County peak.

San Diego: Fortuna Mountains Loop

Stuck in the city? Bag two peaks on this 7.9-miler in the rugged hills and valleys of Mission Trails Regional Park, just a few miles from downtown.

San Diego: PCT to Kitchen Creek Falls

Hike a chaparral-covered slope in Cleveland National Forest to a view of Mexico. Then cool off at the falls, a series of cascades and swimming holes alongside smooth granite boulders.

San Diego: Monument Trail Loop

Visit stream-fed meadows and regenerating woodlands on this 5.3-mile loop to a 1922 plane wreck in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

San Diego: Monument Hill-Vernal Pools Loop

This 9.8-miler reveals the hard-knock life of the West–an old cowboy camp with jailhouse. Also, check out the rare shrimp in seasonal pools.

San Diego: Cowles Mountain

Ride the bus to the rugged hills of Mission Trails Park and bag the city’s high point on a 3-mile out-and-back.

San Diego: Woodson Mountain via Lake Poway

Jack up your heart rate on this 6.4-mile out-and-back past giant boulders to a sun-baked peak with incredible ocean-to-mountain views.

San Diego: Iron Mountain via Ellie Lane

Loop 8.3 miles through coastal sage and eucalyptus to views of mountain-ringed beaches and the Pacific Ocean.

San Diego, CA: Laguna Hills via PCT

This weekend trip strings together cool ravines, desert canyons, and sunset views over the Pacific Ocean.

San Diego, CA: Noble Canyon-Indian Creek-Pine Mountain Loop

No time for Pacific Crest thru-hiking? This 12-miler samples a section of the Pacific Crest Trail, passing mile-high peaks and desert vistas.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, CA: Beach Trail to Broken Hill Loop

This 2.6-mile loop in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve links three park trails, sandstone bluffs, and views of undeveloped coastline.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA: Whale Peak

Climb to a 5,349-foot summit in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on this 8.2-mile out-and-back.

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San Diego: Daley Ranch Loop

This beautiful 7.1-mile figure-eight route visits a weathered farm and two ponds, then passes through chaparral patches to isolated oak stands.

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