Hike the Mushroom Caves

San Diego Solana Beach Mushroom Caves Trailhead

Added by The Outbound Collective

  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Duration: 1-3hrs. (exploration time)
  • Amazingly diverse surrounding close to the beach
  • 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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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



2 Miles



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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5 months ago

Fun time

Very fun

5 months ago

10 months 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!

10 months ago

10 months ago

This is a great local hike

10 months ago

11 months ago


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

11 months ago

about 1 year ago

A little oasis in North County

about 1 year ago

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