Whether you’re interested in more of a scenic walking trail to get that perfect instagram worthy photo or more of a daring hike through hills and canyons, San Diego has it all. Here are the top 3 must-do hiking trails in beautiful San Diego, California.
So… throw on your favorite pair of hiking shoes, pack a healthy snack and get out out there and EXPLORE!
#1 Torrey Pines State Park
Location: Torrey Pines Natural State Reserve
Distance: 3 miles
Length: about 2 hours
Dog friendly: No
This hike is the happy medium between a walking trail and adding a little challenge to your hike. This beautiful trail offers ocean views, a dip down into rocky terrain, and a glimpse at the infamous Torrey Pine trees that can only be found there and the channel islands.
No special attire is necessary for this hike so just throw on your favorite workout set and active shoes and if you are feeling daring, a bathing suit to take a dip into the chilly Pacific Ocean.
#2 Annie’s Canyon Trail
Location: San Elijo Lagoon
Distance: 1.6 miles
Length: 1 hour
Dog Friendly: Yes, however not recommended through canyon
This hike features a unique dip into a sandy canyon near Solana Beach California. This hike will immerse you into the canyon and challenge you with narrow walkways, ladders and steps in order to work your way through the trail. However it is one of the more “photo worthy” trails as the orange like tall canyon around you serves for a sweet photo!
Do not let the canyon portion of this hike scare you away… it will only last about 20 minutes. In addition you are offered an “easy” or “difficult” route so you can always opt out of this portion of the trail. This hike features beautiful views of the lagoon as well as nature all around you.
#3 Cedar Creek Falls
Location: Cleveland National Forest
Distance: 4.6 miles
Length: 3 hours
Dog Friendly: Yes, leashed
Price: $6 per person
This hike is located about 60 miles northeast of San Diego however it offers such amazing views, it is a must see! For more of you daring hikers looking for a bit of a challenge, this trail is for you. Along the cedar creek trail you will come upon the unbelievable waterfall which stands around 80ft tall and ends into a swimming hole you can take a dip into if you prefer.
For this hike remember dress for a more strenuous hike as the length and terrain is more advanced and do not forget lots of water, snacks and of course sunscreen for those hot summer months.