Hiking San Diego

From ocean hikes to snow-covered trails, the diversity of San Diego hikes is remarkable. San Diego County’s 4,261 square miles are the most biologically diverse in California, with over 2,000 plant species, over 500 species of birds, and hundreds of reptiles and mammal species. There are mountain hikes, desert hikes, challenging hills, and oceanview vistas.

Name Distance Level Location Climb Dogs
Hike Garnet Peak via PCT4.2ModerateMt Laguna650Y
Volcan Mountain Trail Guide5.6ModerateJulian1300Y
Hiking Stonewall Peak Trail4.2ModerateJulian830N
Hike Three Sisters Falls & Eagle Peak4.4ModerateSanta Ysabel950Y
Hike Cuyamaca Peak7.7ModerateJulian1850N
Thunder Spring Trail Loop4.2ModeratePalomar Mountain,900N
Boucher Fire Tower Loop (Palomar Mountain)3.5EasyPalomar Mountain630N
Lower Doane Valley and French Valley Hike4.2EasyPalomar Mountain,630N
Annie's Canyon Trail Guide1.8EasySolana Beach470Y
Big Laguna Trail - Best of Loop12ModeratePine Valley1740Y
Hot Springs Mountain Trail Guide (San Diego)10.5HardWarner Springs2500Y
South Clevenger Trail Guide5ModerateEscondido1400Y
Cedar Creek Falls Trail Guide6ModerateRamona1180Y
El Cajon Mountain Trail Guide12HardLakeside4000Y
Elfin Forest Hike to Lake Hodges Overlook7ModerateEscondido1500Y
Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail Guide7EasySan Diego200Y
Goat Canyon Trestle Hike16.5HardJacumba Hot Springs1200Y
Monserate Mountain Trail Loop Hike4.5ModerateFallbrook1490Y
Eagle Rock Hike on the PCT (San Diego)6.5EasyWarner Springs990Y
Bernardo Bay Trail - San Dieguito River Park2.5EasySan Diego250Y
Hike Iron Mountain (San Diego)5.6ModeratePoway1220Y
Palomar Mountain Observatory Trail5Moderate Palomar Mountain1000Y
Santa Margarita River Trail5.7ModerateFallbrook630Y
Hike Batiquitos Lagoon Trail3.4EasyCarlsbad100Y
Oak Grove Trail to High Point Hike13.5HardWarner Springs3600Y
Potato Chip Rock Hike (San Diego)7.5HardPoway2130Y
Cowles Mountain Hike5ModerateSantee1170Y
Torrey Pines Hike Guide3.3EasyLa Jolla500N