The Balboa Park Trail is a 4.3 mile loop hike through scenic Balboa Park in San Diego, perfect for all skill levels and easily accessible for everyone.

The Balboa Park Trail offers the chance to see wildlife and is open year-round. The trail is shared by runners, families, hikers, and bikers. Dogs are able to use the trail but must be kept on leash. There is a dog park you will pass by. 

Photos: Osborn BBokamoka and William Zain

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sun protection 
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RT Distance 4.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 459 Feet
Activities Chillin, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area


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