Top 5 Hiking Trails in San Diego


It’s views like this that put Torrey Pines at the top of my list

As a San Diego native, I can go on and on about how amazing SD is and all that it has to offer, but I’ll save all of that for another time and just focus on one thing today:  hiking trails.

I mean, they don’t call it America’s Finest City for nothing, and one of the finest things about this city is the fact that we have nearly perfect year-round weather and countless ways to get out and enjoy it.  One of the best ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors, get some fresh air and workup a good sweat is through a hike.  Solo or with friends, it’s def one of my fav workouts and I try to get a good hike in at least a couple times a month.

There are a ton of trails all around SD, but these are my top 5:

  1. Torrey Pines Um, just  look at the photo above as to why Torrey Pines is at the top of my list.  With plenty of trails to choose from and stunning ocean views, this is simply the best that SD hiking has to offer.
  2. Cowles Mountain  This is definitely one of, if not the most popular trails in the county.  With a challenging climb and panoramic views, it’s no wonder why.
  3. Iron Mountain  Located in Poway, this is a great North County option that offers a moderately challenging climb, with great views, all under 6 miles.
  4. Balboa Park I’m sure you’re pretty shocked this made my list because it’s far from your traditional hiking trails, but it’s still awesome. With over 65 miles of trails located smack dab in the middle of the city, you can still find some remote paths while still getting an amazing tour and views of the museums, city and Balboa Park itself.
  5. Three Sisters Not only is it challenging to get there, but the trail itself is definitely one of the most challenging in San Diego and you need to be prepared to not just walk but drop, climb, crawl, and slide along the way.  However, once you make it to the waterfalls, it’ll definitely make all the blood, sweat and tears it took you to get there worth it.

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