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The Best Hiking in La Mesa

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

Top hiking spots in and near La Mesa

  • La Mesa, California

    Lake Murray Trail

    6.07 mi / 164 ft gain
    Lake Murray Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near La Mesa, California.
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  • La Mesa, California

    Mount Helix

    0.27 mi / 23 ft gain
    Mount Helix is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near La Mesa, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Cowles Mountain Trail

    2.88 mi / 886 ft gain
    Cowles Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near La Mesa, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Pyles Peak

    5.0
    6.03 mi / 1706 ft gain
    Most people who live in San Diego have heard of, if not hiked, Cowles Mountain. At 1591 ft., Cowles is the highest peak in the city of San Diego. It's a hugely popular destination for day hikers and trail runners looking to get in a little trail time and take in the 360 degree views the summit h...
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  • San Diego, California

    Cowles Mountain Service Road Loop

    3.02 mi / 827 ft gain
    Cowles Mountain Service Road Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near La Mesa, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Cowles Mountain from Barker Way

    2.47 mi / 837 ft gain
    Cowles Mountain from Barker Way is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Chollas Lake Park

    2.37 mi / 207 ft gain
    Chollas Lake Park is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Hemingway to Rancho Mission Canyon Trail

    2.9 mi / 482 ft gain
    Hemingway to Rancho Mission Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near San Diego, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Cowles Mountain via Mesa Trail

    4.44 mi / 1086 ft gain
    Cowles Mountain via Mesa Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Santee, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Crystal Cave

    4.0
    0.46 mi / 59 ft gain
    Starting at 8100 Mesa road, you will see parking along the side of the road in a few places, take advantage where you find it.  Pass over the trail gate that marks the start of the journey. This will be a quick trip, as the total distance is less than a mile out and back. Head a quarter mile or ...
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  • San Diego, California

    Climbers Loop Trail

    1.86 mi / 433 ft gain
    Climbers Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Father Junipero Serra Trail

    4.47 mi / 121 ft gain
    Father Junipero Serra Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near La Mesa, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Mission Trail

    1.85 mi / 272 ft gain
    Mission Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near La Mesa, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    North Fortuna & South Fortuna Trail

    7.76 mi / 1854 ft gain
    North Fortuna & South Fortuna Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    South Fortuna Mountain Trail

    4.77 mi / 1296 ft gain
    South Fortuna Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    San Diego Aqueduct via San Diego River Crossing Trail

    3.52 mi / 728 ft gain
    San Diego Aqueduct via San Diego River Crossing Trail is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near San Diego, California.
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