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The Best Camping in Chula Vista

Looking for the best camping in Chula Vista? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Chula Vista. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Chula Vista

  • Jamul, California

    Hiking Otay Mountain

    5.0
    15.3 mi / 2903 ft gain
    The trek begins on the Otay Mountain Truck Trail at Pio Pico Resort & Campground. You can either park and hike the entire trail, or drive up to a point a couple miles and park before the road becomes steep and rough. The distance on here is if you hiked the whole way. If you have a 4-wheel dr...
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  • Santee, California

    Kubota Trail and Toyen Trail Loop

    1.37 mi / 85 ft gain
    Kubota Trail and Toyen Trail Loop is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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  • Encinitas, California

    San Elijo State Beach Campground

    4.5
    This campground is located right next to the beach as well as next to the San Elijo Lagoon. Head to the beach during the day for a swim. This is also a great place to catch a sunset. If you want to stretch your legs and get moving a bit, you can hike around the San Elijo Lagoon to the east of the...
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  • Carlsbad, California

    South Carlsbad Campground

    5.0
    South Carlsbad Campground is a picturesque experience. Imagine gorgeous sea cliffs overlooking a lovely beach, with ample activities to pursue (or just lay in the sun and enjoy some quiet time). The most popular campsites, 1-70 and 156-222, are perched on the edge of a bluff and feature the best ...
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  • Descanso, California

    Harvey Moore Trail

    9.59 mi / 1165 ft gain
    Harvey Moore Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Descanso, California.
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  • Pine Valley, California

    PCT: Boulder Oaks to Pioneer Mail

    25.66 mi / 4239 ft gain
    PCT: Boulder Oaks to Pioneer Mail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Campo, California.
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  • Carlsbad, California

    South Carlsbad State Beach

    3.83 mi / 23 ft gain
    South Carlsbad State Beach is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Carlsbad, California.
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  • Escondido, California

    Camp at Dixon Lake

    2.1 mi / 295 ft gain
    Dixon Lake is Escondido's best kept secret! A man-made reservoir located right next to Daley Ranch, Dixon Lake offers overnight camping, boat rentals, fishing, and hiking, along with picnic areas, a kids park, and more.  The campground is open year-round and is located next to the lake with a lof...
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  • Campo, California

    PCT: Campo to Lake Morena

    19.1 mi / 3235 ft gain
    PCT: Campo to Lake Morena is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Campo, California.
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  • Campo, California

    PCT: CA Section A - Campo to Warner Springs

    104.5 mi / 16155 ft gain
    PCT: CA Section A - Campo to Warner Springs is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Campo, California.
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  • Campo, California

    Photograph the Mexican Border on the PCT Southern Terminus

    4.5
    From San Diego head East on Hwy 8 for roughly 60 miles to Buckman Springs Road (Exit 51). Take a right on Buckman Springs road an drive South for 10 miles. Turn right on CA-94 W (Campo Rd) and drive for 1.5 miles. After crossing the railroad tracks turn left on Forrest Gate Road. Take this road f...
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  • Julian, California

    Camping at Paso Picacho

    Paso Picacho, 5 miles north of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up Cuyamaca Peak (elevation 6,512 feet), both which offer breathtak...
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  • Julian, California

    Hike Stonewall Peak

    4.7
    3.82 mi / 820 ft gain
    This hike is one of the most popular in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. When you reach Stonewall Peak's summit, enjoy the view of the surrounding park and nearby Lake Cuyamaca. The hike up the east side is a popular and relatively easy trail. Although you'll be gaining 800 feet, the hike is relat...
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  • Julian, California

    Kelly Ditch Trail

    11.76 mi / 2500 ft gain
    Kelly Ditch Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Julian, California.
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  • Mount Laguna, California

    Sunset to Big Laguna Loop

    5.5 mi / 427 ft gain
    Sunset to Big Laguna Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Mount Laguna, California.
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  • Mount Laguna, California

    Lightning Ridge

    1.64 mi / 233 ft gain
    Lightning Ridge is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Mount Laguna, California.
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