Hike the Mushroom Caves

San Diego Solana Beach Mushroom Caves Trailhead

Added by

This can take anywhere from 1-3+ hours with an amazingly diverse surrounding close to the beach.  You'll have ocean, lagoon and eastern valley views. 

The trail begins at the end of North Rios Avenue, there is plenty of parking, but on sunny, weekend days, it may be a tad crowded.

There are 2 trails to start, take the east one that follows the lagoon towards the freeway, the Pole Road trail. You will follow this for about 3/4 of a mile. You will see a trail (not super obvious) to your right that branches off and has a "no trespassing" sign...this is where you go. Follow the trail all the way back until you come to multiple high stratus walls made of sandstone.

From here you can pick 3-4 different "caves" to explore and different hallways/ caverns to travel through as you work your way to the top of the hills and see the amazing views. Again, there are multiple routes to take, so you can spend a few hours here walking around, trying different paths and seeing where it leads you. Great for an afternoon hike to see the sunset.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Sunblock
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

100 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

11 months ago

Fun time

Very fun

11 months ago

over 1 year ago

Great!

This was a fun hike which I enjoyed with my family and we had a great time. I had some problems though, one, we weren't sure we were allowed on the no trespassing trail, as there were many warning signs, and second, these weren't really caves, all in all, still a great hike!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

This is a great local hike

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Explore!

This place will keep you entertained all day and then some! Beautiful views from top to bottom!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

A little oasis in North County

over 1 year ago

Added by Grant Nyquist

I'm basically awesome, more basic though

More Adventures Nearby

Dispersed Camp at Old Dale Mining District

San Diego / Joshua Tree National Park

It can be a pain to try and camp in Joshua Tree. Most of the sites get reserved way in advance and if you are looking for privacy or a quiet area, it's not going to happen.

James Horg
10 Saves

Hike the Ladder Canyon/Painted Canyon Loop

San Diego / Painted Canyon Trailhead

From Interstate 10, take State Highway 195 (Box Canyon Road) to Painted Canyon Road.

Kirby Roberts
15 Saves

Visit the Anza Borrego Metal Sculptures

San Diego / Borrego Springs Sculptures

Here's a map I made that marks where most of the sculptures are (here).First, you enter the park and drive through the little city of Borrego Springs.

Serrah White
57 Saves