Top Adventures in San Diego County

  • Hike the Hollenbeck Canyon Trail

    The trail is wide and well maintained. The first mile of the trail is well shaded by oak trees. You'll see stunning rocky peaks and rolling green hills as the trail continues. There are three creek crossings to be aware of. Cleveland National Fore...

    4.6 miles 626 ft gain

  • Hiking Otay Mountain

    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...

    15.3 miles 2903 ft gain

  • Multi-pitch Climbing at Corte Madera

    This is one of San Diego's finest multi-pitch climbing crags. South-facing and standing 500 feet tall, Corte Madera has a history of both traditional and sport routes. The traditional routes will offer adventure with some en-route bushwhacking. Th...

  • Hike Corte Madera Mountain

    From Buckman Springs Road, turn onto Corral Canyon OHV/Morena Stokes Valley Rd and drive almost 5 miles to a green gate with a red heart on it, this is the trailhead. Just past the turn is the parking area that fits 5-6 vehicles. Walk across the r...

    7.75 miles 2375 ft gain

  • Hike Mother Miguel Mountain

    At the summit, your work will be rewarded with stunning views from downtown San Diego all the way to Mexico. You can also see the surrounding mountain peaks and the Sweetwater Reservoir.  This is a great hike to do at sunset - but bring a headlamp...

    4.5 miles 977 ft gain

  • Photograph the Mexican Border on the PCT Southern Terminus

    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 track...

  • Hiking the Laguna Hills via the PCT

    This trail is well-maintained, but gets a little rocky on the PCT, and the Chariot Fire burn-zone between Penny Pines and Hayes peak will have a few downed trees and some overgrown grasses. On the other hand, the trail network of the BLT is confus...

    20 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike a Portion of the Pacific Crest Trail

    Noble Canyon Trail is used by hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders. The trail is mostly dirt with an occasional rock patch and low shrubs on both sides. The hillside is lightly covered with oak and pine trees. In the occasional break between the...

    12 miles

  • Catch a Sunset at Lake Murray

    Lake Murray Reservoir provides drinking water to parts of San Diego, and thus is a no swimming lake. This is one of the reasons it is such a great place to photograph! If you are shooting the sunset, use this app to check the time the sun sets, an...

  • Hike to Crystal Cave

    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 t...

    1 miles

  • Hike to Pyles Peak

    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 ti...

  • Hike El Cajon Mountain

    This challenging trek is a great way to get in shape for that spring or summer trip to the Sierras. You may have heard others tell you how tough the hike is and they're not kidding. You'll be gaining 4100 feet over the 12 miles to the peak and bac...

    12 miles 4100 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Campo, California

      Boulder Oaks Eqst

      Overview Boulder Oaks offers equestrian and family sites in the scenic Cleveland National Forest, about an hour away from San Diego, California. Visitors are drawn here for the convenience of horse...

    • Chula Vista, California

      San Diego Metro KOA

    • Mount Laguna, California

      Wooded Hill Group

      Overview Wooded Hill Group Campground is a great mountain getaway for groups of up to 110 people to take a retreat from the city. Just one hour east of San Diego, California, the campground offers ...

    • Laguna Meadow Road

      El Prado Group

      Overview El Prado Group Campground is a great mountain getaway just one hour east of San Diego, California in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. Campers can enjoy cooler temperatures, unique natu...

    • Mount Laguna, California

      Burnt Rancheria

      Overview Burnt Rancheria Campground is located 50 miles east of San Diego at the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area in Southern California, right off the Sunrise Scenic Byway.Campers can enjoy hiking,...

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