Diverse Hiking Trails in San Diego

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What are some great hiking trails in San Diego?

Diverse Hiking Trails in San Diego

San Diego is "America's Finest City," and the hiking trails in San Diego prove it! Some top choices in San Diego hiking include beach, bay, and mountain trails.

  • Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla has some of the best hiking in San Diego. You can hike down to the beach, stay up along the bluffs, or do a bit of both. It's a stunning natural preserve in the middle of a growing urban area, and it's a top choice for hiking trails in San Diego every year.
  • The Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad, north of San Diego, is a great hike for families. The trails are easy, and much of the appeal of this coastal lagoon is the great variety of birds you can see as you hike, so bring the binoculars!
  • Balboa Park. Near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, but trails run through some of the rugged areas of the park. If you're not up to canyon hiking, strolling through the park and a visit to the Botanical Garden make a nice walk on a sunny day.
  • Julian and Cuyamaca backcountry hikes. Much of this area was damaged in a wildfire in 2003, but is renewing itself fairly well. There are many hikes here, from easy strolls to strenuous hikes to the top of Cuyamaca Peak. About 50 miles east of San Diego, the fall colors here are some of the best in the county.
Hiking trails in San Diego run the gamut from beach to bay and beyond, and you'll find something wonderful every time you hike in San Diego!



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