Hike the Mushroom Caves

San Diego Solana Beach Mushroom Caves Trailhead

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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
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Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

100 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby

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18 days ago

Waves, Wildlife And Canyons; Oh My!

When I first read about the mushroom caves I had no idea what to expect. I knew I was going to be taking my 4 year old so I figured it was gonna be pretty mellow. This place is rad! We actually ended going two days in a row and my little girl did the canyon loop 5 TIMES! It's best to go on a weekday as Sunday was really crowded. Highly recommended and will definitely be going back!

18 days ago

20 days ago

Short, Easy, Pretty

Short easy hike great for families, small children, and dogs. Highly recommend exploring the slot canyon area.

20 days ago

12 months ago

Fun time

Very fun

12 months ago

over 1 year ago


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


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

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