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San Diego’s BEST Hiking Trails & Biking Paths

San Diegos BEST Hiking Trails

There are many reasons why San Diego has been called America’s finest city for decades. From it’s gorgeous coastline to its dynamic dining selection, everything about San Diego keeps attracting visitors from all over the world. Those keen on some outdoor fun are lucky enough to get sun-drenched days practically all year long and San Diegans really take advantage of the city’s perfect conditions. Whether it be in the middle of January or Fourth of July weekend, it is always a good time to enjoy some fun outside in San Diego. Here are some top picks from SanDiego.com for the best hiking trails and biking paths to be experienced today!


  • Cowles Mountain: Widely considered the most popular hiking trail in San Diego, Cowles Mountain is a fun time for everyone, old and young. Just a short drive from San Diego State University, this trail is easy to access and is not dangerous or tough to complete.
  • Sunset Cliffs Beach Walk: The coastline of Ocean Beach partially consists of beautiful cliffs which people can hike anytime. Those searching for a romantic location to impress their loved ones will be very pleased hiking Sunset cliffs on a late afternoon. The surreal sunset, calm crash of the waves and relaxing sea breeze help form a very relaxing and savory experience.
  • Torrey Pines State Reserve: Located just north of La Jolla, the Torrey Pines State Reserve offers numerous trails to hike and is regularly frequented by people from all over San Diego county. The reserve offers trails of all difficulties which gives people options for a tough workout or a relaxing hike. Make it a point to visit the reserve either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to catch that cool ocean air on your hike.


  • Mission Bay Bike Path: Located on Mission Bay and just a few minutes away from SeaWorld, this path is one of the most popular biking destinations in all of San Diego. The path gives people two options, as riders can either complete a quick three mile ride outlining the bay or they can continue on the path to East Mission Bay Drive which stretches a whole nineteen miles!
  • Ocean Beach Bike Path: Just a short walk from Sunset Cliffs, this path begins at Ocean Beach’s dog beach and goes east all the way to Hotel Circle in Mission Valley. People can often be seen biking along this trail with their canine companion as it is easy for people to bring their dog out to dog beach for a bit and take a bike ride east afterword.
  • Corral Canyon: Those looking for a more challenging bike path in San Diego will be very satisfied making the drive into East County for this adventure. Take interstate 8 east to Buckman Springs Road and get ready to buckle up as this trail is rugged. The path is ten miles long and the majority of it is an uphill climb. Those determined enough to make the climb are then treated to a three-mile downhill coast all the way to their cars.

For more information about biking in San Diego, visit our biking section here: http://www.sandiego.com/things-to-do/interests/biking-148

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