5 Best San Diego Hiking Trails

Amiel Terry
Sunrise From The Summit Of Granite Mountain

Sunset Cliffs

One of the most beautiful hikes for the nature and the ocean lovers. Sunset Cliffs hiking trails have been deemed a “post-card come to life”, and rightfully so.

10It is super popular with the surfers and some of the locals but if you want to join the hiking gang but also want to hear waves crashing against the rocks and the cool breeze of the ocean, this spot is for you.

Cuyamaca State Loop

9Sitting pretty at the second highest peak in San Diego, Cuyamaca State Loop is a great place to check out if you wanna check out some good views over the city! The seven-mile out-and-back hiking trail starts from the Paso Picacho Campground and leads to the summit of the 6,500-foot Cuyamaca Peak. If the day is clear you got a good chance of also checking out the ocean.

Cowles Mountain Trail

We talked about the second highest peak, but now we’re on the highest mountain trail in San Diego. Cowles Mountain Trail is also one of the most, if not the most popular, hiking trails in the city.

If you are looking for a tranquil and quite trail to go on this will probably not be the best one for you to take on. Locals and tourist alike come to the trail often to walk and hike throughout the week.

El Cajon Mountain Trail

8Right is the cut of El Cajon, the El Cajon Mountain Trail is one of the most strenuous and difficult that SD has to offer. If you’re more of an advanced hiker or you want a good challenge this may be good to check out.

Good thing to not is that the trail is available 365 days a year and is pretty dog friendly. So if you want to bring your fur buddy as a companion then it might serve as a great idea.

Balboa Park Trails

Finally we have arrived at my personal favorite, Balboa Park Trails! As we all know here on this blog, I am pro anything Balboa Park, including the trails; and for good reason.


If you are someone that doesn’t want to necessarily drive super far out or deal with desert-like heat and crazy incline then the Balboa Park Trails might be great for you. One of the things I love about the Balboa Park Trails is not only the beauty, but the convenience. It is right in the heart of Balboa Park and after, or even during, you want to take a rest under a nice tree or stop and see some of the beautiful flowers or animals and then head to get some food afterwards, all of that stuff available and within close proximity.

So congratulation Balboa Park Hiking Trails, you got my vote!

But no matter which trail you choose to take on, when you’re done, make sure you check us out at ITH Hostels for your cool down and accommodations!



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