7 Days, 7 Hikes: San Diego’s Best Hikes

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Published on June 25th, 2013

Pack your water bottle, sunscreen and camera for these epic hikes! This is a great time of year in San Diego to get out and enjoy the best part of San Diego, THE OUTDOORS!

Palm-Canyon-HikePalm Canyon Trail
Trail Distance: 1.5 miles

Directions:
Palm Canyon
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

What to expect on the Palm Canyon Trail:
This popular trail is a tropical oasis and earns its name with over 450 palms within this 2 acre canyon. The trail starts flat and gets steeper as you continue into the canyon. There is great wildlife to see on this trail from frogs to sightings of bighorn sheep!

sunset-cliffs-hikeSunset Cliffs
Trail Distance: 3.7 Miles

Directions:
Ocean Front St and Sunset Blvd

What to expect on the Sunset Cliffs:
Take a walk on the coast with waves crashing against the rocks around you. This is a peaceful and beautiful walk. Some areas can be steep so make sure to be cautious on the slippery rocks. You will see lots of birds, lizards and depending on the time of year beautiful sea wildlife!

ramona-waterfall-hikeRamona Waterfall Hike
Trail Distance: 4.2 Miles

Directions:
15519 Thornbush Road
Ramona, CA 92065

What to expect on the Ramona Waterfall Hike:
This trail is rated fairly easy for hikers with a big pay off, the waterfall! So go ahead, hike up a sweat and then jump in on your own or fly through the air to your big splash on one of the rope swings!

For more information on directions and road closures visit: http://www.ramonatrails.org/news/directionstocedarcreekfalls-julianaccess

cowles-mountain-hikeCowles Mountain
Trail Distance: 4.7 Miles

Directions:
Corner of Cowles Mountain Blvd and Boulder Lake Road

From I-15, take Friars Rd. East which becomes Mission Gorge Rd., 5.0 miles east. Pass Jackson Drive and the Mission Trails Regional Park turnoff. Continue up Mission Gorge Rd. to a right turn on Golfcrest (the first traffic light past Jackson Drive). Follow Golfcrest one mile south to the trailhead on the left side of Golfcrest at Navajo. On weekends the parking lot is usually full, however curbside parking is permitted on Golfcrest.

What to expect on the Cowles Mountain Hike:
The views on this hike are killer and so is the vertical ascent! It is well worth the hike to watch the sunset or sunrise! You won’t be disappointed by the front row view to nature!

torrey-pines-trailTorrey Pines State Reserve
Trail Distance: Varies on Trail – Trails listed below are less than 1-mile

Directions:
North Torrey Pines Road and Torrey Pines Scenic Park

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, north of San Diego.
Take Hwy 5 to Carmel Valley Road, go West to Camino Del Mar (coast hwy). Go South (left) about a mile to the reserve entrance (right) at the foot of the hill.

What to expect on the Torrey Pines Hike:
Torrey Pines boosts quite a few trails for you to walk. You can visit multiple times and check out different hikes each time! Just a few to mention are the Guy Fleming Trail, Parry Grove Trail, Razor Point Trail, and the Beach Trail. Each of these are less than 1-mile loops with great scenery on each trail!

For more information on directions visit: http://www.torreypine.org/activities/hiking-trails.html

lake-poway-trailLake Poway
Trail Distance: Varies on Trail – Trails listed below are less than 3-miles

Directions:
14656 Lake Poway Road
Poway, CA 92064

What to expect on the Lake Poway Hike:
Poway has over 55 miles of trails! You can’t go wrong with any of the amazing trails and the amazing views, some even boasting views of the ocean and Downtown!

Lake Poway Loop Trail – 2.75-mile loop around beautiful Lake Poway!

Mount Woodson Trail – This steep trail offers beautiful views of the lake and of the wilderness.

Sumac Trail – 1.5-mile trail from the Lake Poway Loop Trail to Oak Canyon Road and then back to Lake Poway.

Lake Poway to Blue Sky Trail – 1.5-mile trail beginning at Lake Poway Concession and into the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, at this point you can continue into the Reserve or back up to the Lake Loop Trail.

*Note: Summer Temperatures can rise fast. Pack extra water!

el-cajon-mountainEl Cajon Mountain
Trail Distance: 11.8

Directions:
Wildcat Canyon Road and Blue Sky Ranch Road

What to expect on the El Cajon Mountain Hike:
This is not a hike to be taken lightly. The views of the ocean and the Cuyamaca Mountains will be your reward. There are even some old mine shafts along the way. Great views and a great challenge of a hike!

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Sunset Cliffs Photo Credit by Josh Mcnair, California Through My Lens

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