The Best Hikes in San Diego

san diego hikingFor those who love to be active and get some of that great California sun, you need to know where all the greatest places to hike are. So, in this article, we are listing all the best places to go hiking in San Diego.


Cowles Mountain

This is a quick and easy hike for those with not much time on their hands. At the peak it maximum height stands at 1,595 feet; it is the tallest peak in the city.  The trail is 1.5 miles up to the top of the mountain, however, most of your workout is coming from the incline and steepness of the trail. And because it’s such a short hike, you can usually find it swarming with people and their pets.


Torrey Pines

This trail found in the Torrey Pines State Reserve is one of the more beautiful trails to hike. This 8-mile long trail features lovely views of the ocean, pine trees, and flowers. Depending on the path that you choose at the beginning of your hike, you can find some excellent views at Razor Point and Guy Fleming, however, the beach trail is for hikers looking for the picture-perfect view of the sunset.


Iron Mountain

Another popular hiking location. Iron Mountain is a well-manicured and marked location for hikers. It’s a 6-mile hike however, the area lacks proper shading from the sun. But despite, having very little coverage, the hills that stretch for miles and flowered areas makes it the perfect backdrop to a day of hiking. This trail is chiefly popular with horseback riders and is excellent if you plan on going hiking with the family. Just make sure to start early.


Mount Woodson

Also known as ‘Potato Chip Rock’ this rippling rock formation is perfect for a selfie. However, getting to this rock formation will involve a difficult track through a zig-zagging trail up one of the highest peaks in the county. However, after the hike is complete you’ll be treated to picturesque views of Palomar Mountain and Lake Poway. For the tough hike ahead be sure to include some food, water, and your selfie stick. The memories you capture will be well worth the trouble.


Cedar Creek Falls

This is one of the most beautiful waterfall hikes in the San Diego area. Close to an hour outside of San Diego, this 4.2-mile trail ends at a swimming hole known as the Devil’s Punchbowl. The waterfall dumps a massive amount of water from the 75-foot-high cliff. It’s a breathtaking sight to behold, but jumpers beware, several hikers have lost their life jumping off the waterfall. And though it is relatively easy getting down the trail, going back uphill is the hardest part of this hiking location.


Now that you know some the best hikes in San Diego, remember before you go to grab a snack, some water, and a buddy for your adventure. Hiking is the best way to get some exercise while you absorb some sunlight and take in the beautiful California views.