Outbound Collective logo

The Best Camping in San Diego County

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

Top camping spots in and near San Diego County

  • 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...
    Read more
  • 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.
    Read more
  • 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.
    Read more
  • 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...
    Read more
  • 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.
    Read more
  • 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.
    Read more
  • 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.
    Read more
  • San Diego, California

    Visitor Center Loop Trail

    1.42 mi / 148 ft gain
    Visitor Center Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near La Mesa, California.
    Read more
  • San Diego, California

    Hike the Visitor Center Loop Trail

    5.0
    1.4 mi / 190 ft gain
    The Visitor Center Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile hike in San Diego that features river views and allows dogs. This trail allows for the practice of a variety of activities: rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running, birding, camping horseback riding, and hiking. There are shady spots available eve...
    Read more
  • 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.
    Read more
  • 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.
    Read more
  • 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...
    Read more
  • 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...
    Read more
  • Mount Laguna, California

    Pacific Crest Trail to Mount Laguna and Foster Point

    5.95 mi / 623 ft gain
    Pacific Crest Trail to Mount Laguna and Foster Point is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mount Laguna, California.
    Read more
  • Mount Laguna, California

    Desert View Interpretive Trail

    0.99 mi / 125 ft gain
    Desert View Interpretive Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Mount Laguna, California.
    Read more
  • Mount Laguna, California

    Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail

    7.94 mi / 1040 ft gain
    Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mount Laguna, California.
    Read more