With the second richest biodiversity of any county in the continental United States, San Diego County offers a huge variety of hiking experiences. The 4,525 square mile county encompasses ocean bluffs covered with rare Torrey pines, rugged inland peaks studded with granite boulders, gently rolling mountain ranges blanketed in pine and oak forests, and the scorched badlands of Anza-Borrego desert. A vast treasure trove of natural marvels awaits the adventurous hiker.

Viewing 68 of 68 Hikes

Cactus Loop

Cactus Loop

Distance: .7 mi

Time: .5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 214 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Tenaja Falls

Tenaja Falls

Distance: 1.6 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Truckhaven Rocks

Truckhaven Rocks

Distance: 1.5 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 250 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Batiquitos Lagoon

Batiquitos Lagoon

Distance: 2.8 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 50 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Oakoasis Preserve

Oakoasis Preserve

Distance: 2.5 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Garnet Peak

Garnet Peak

Distance: 2.2 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 550 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Rainbow Canyon

Rainbow Canyon

Distance: 2 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mine Peak

Mine Peak

Distance: 2.4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 750 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

El Prado Loop

El Prado Loop

Distance: 2.9 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 250 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Borrego Palm Canyon

Borrego Palm Canyon

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 525 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Razor Point / Beach / Broken Hill Loop

Razor Point / Beach / Broken Hill Loop

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 350 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Guajome Regional Park

Guajome Regional Park

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 150 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Lake Calavera

Lake Calavera

Distance: 3.2 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Oak Canyon

Oak Canyon

Distance: 3.2 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 300 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Boucher Hill Loop

Boucher Hill Loop

Distance: 3.6 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Ramona Grasslands

Ramona Grasslands

Distance: 3.4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 380 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Agua Caliente County Park

Agua Caliente County Park

Distance: 3.2 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat Loop

Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat Loop

Distance: 3.9 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Horsethief Canyon

Horsethief Canyon

Distance: 3.2 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Stonewall Peak

Stonewall Peak

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Viejas Mountain

Viejas Mountain

Distance: 3.6 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1600 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Sheep Canyon

Sheep Canyon

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

West Butte Borrego Mountain and The Slot

West Butte Borrego Mountain and The Slot

Distance: 4.6 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 750 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Eagle Peak

Eagle Peak

Distance: 4.4 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1000 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Lower Willows

Lower Willows

Distance: 4.3 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 350 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Azalea Glen

Azalea Glen

Distance: 4 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Black Mountain

Black Mountain

Distance: 4.1 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Double Peak

Double Peak

Distance: 4.7 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1000 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Del Mar Mesa Preserve

Del Mar Mesa Preserve

Distance: 4.4 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Combs Peak

Combs Peak

Distance: 4.5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1200 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Three Sisters Falls

Three Sisters Falls

Distance: 4.5 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Hellhole Canyon

Hellhole Canyon

Distance: 5 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Piedras Pintadas and Bernardo Bay

Piedras Pintadas and Bernardo Bay

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Engelmann Oak Loop

Engelmann Oak Loop

Distance: 5.1 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines Beach

La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines Beach

Distance: 5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 5 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Kelly Ditch Trail

Kelly Ditch Trail

Distance: 5.4 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Volcan Mountain

Volcan Mountain

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1300 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Border Field State Park

Border Field State Park

Distance: 5.3 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 140 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Whale Peak

Whale Peak

Distance: 5.5 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1700 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Santa Ysabel Preserve West

Santa Ysabel Preserve West

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Goat Canyon Trestle via Mortero Palms

Goat Canyon Trestle via Mortero Palms

Distance: 5.5 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2200 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak

Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak

Distance: 6.3 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1700 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Barker Valley

Barker Valley

Distance: 6.5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1000 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Hollenbeck Canyon

Hollenbeck Canyon

Distance: 6.3 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

San Onofre State Beach

San Onofre State Beach

Distance: 6.1 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 150 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Lawson and Gaskill Peaks

Lawson and Gaskill Peaks

Distance: 6.75 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2000 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

Distance: 6.4 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 980 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

West Mesa Loop

West Mesa Loop

Distance: 6.8 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1300 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 300 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Corte Madera Mountain

Corte Madera Mountain

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1700 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Sandstone Canyon

Sandstone Canyon

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

The Domelands

The Domelands

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1200 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3400 ft

Difficulty: Expert

San Ysidro Mountain

San Ysidro Mountain

Distance: 7.8 mi

Time: 9 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4560 ft

Difficulty: Expert

Mount Gower

Mount Gower

Distance: 8.2 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1700 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Agua Caliente Creek

Agua Caliente Creek

Distance: 8.4 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft

Difficulty: Expert

Morena Butte

Morena Butte

Distance: 8 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1500 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Diablo Peak via June Wash

Diablo Peak via June Wash

Distance: 8.2 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1250 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Indianhead Mountain

Indianhead Mountain

Distance: 8.3 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3200 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Hot Springs Mountain

Hot Springs Mountain

Distance: 9.9 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2500 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Noble Canyon Trail

Noble Canyon Trail

Distance: 10.4 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

El Cajon Mountain

El Cajon Mountain

Distance: 11 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4000 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

High Point from Oak Grove

High Point from Oak Grove

Distance: 13 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3500 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Black Mountain in Ramona

Black Mountain in Ramona

Distance: 14.2 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3200 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Otay Mountain

Otay Mountain

Distance: 15.4 mi

Time: 9 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2600 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Secret Canyon Trail

Secret Canyon Trail

Distance: 15.6 mi

Time: 9 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1500 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Eagle Crag via Cutca Valley

Eagle Crag via Cutca Valley

Distance: 17.3 mi

Time: 9 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3800 ft

Difficulty: Expert

Rabbit Peak via Villager Peak

Rabbit Peak via Villager Peak

Distance: 22.7 mi

Time: 18 hrs

Elevation Gain: 8300 ft

Difficulty: Expert

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