Best Hikes in San Diego, California

Best Hikes - Best Hikes in San Diego, California

San Diego not only boast a beautiful coast line and beaches, there is plenty of adventure and site seeing inland as well. Being a Virgo and an Earth sign I need some sort of nature mixed in with my hectic schedule, while in San Diego I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by so many great hiking spots here are just a few of my favorites!

Cowles Mountain

Cowles Mountain Hike

Three miles round trip, one of the more popular trails in San Diego. This trail includes steep switchbacks which can get pretty crowded, the back of the mountain also has a trail that provides more shade and a less strenuous hike.
◊ Difficulty: Moderate
◊ Dog friendly 

Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Hike

A total of 5.6 miles this very popular trail is beautiful in the spring when the flowers are blooming. If you're looking for an extra treat arrive around 5:30am-5:45am and you can reach the summit at sunrise.
◊ Difficulty: Moderate
◊ Dog Friendly

Three Sisters Falls

Known as one of the most challenging hikes in the San Diego area, Three Sisters Falls is not for beginners. There are rocky terrains, steep inclines, and a small amount of rock climbing involved. Be sure to bring a lot of water to this hike and sturdy shoes. If you're lucky enough to go when there has been enough rain fall, bring a suit to cool off and slide down the falls.
◊ Difficulty: Hard

Torrey Pines Trails

Hiking Torrey Pines - Best Hikes in San Diego, California

Multiple trails for all skill levels each offering a rewarding, gorgeous view of the ocean and if you look closely you'll be able to spot colorful paragliders soaring through the skies.  
◊ Difficulty: Easy

Cedar Creek aka Devil's Punchbowl

This is by far one of my favorite hikes due to its diverse scenery. Almost 4 miles total, you start off hiking through the flat lands downhill into the valleys to your final destination, a spectacular waterfall which pours into a natural pool, surrounded by 75-foot cliffs.
◊ Difficulty: Hard
◊ Dog Friendly

Lake Poway aka Potato Chip Rock

Potato Chip Rock Hike

For those who "do it for the gram" this iconic rock ledge provides the perfect stage. I recommend starting early in the day to beat the afternoon heat and crowds as this spot has really gained popularity. Almost 7 miles round trip, be sure to bring lots of water and a small snack.
◊ Difficulty: Hard

Find more information about these hikes and others at the

San Diego Hikers Association

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