The Best Hiking in San Diego County

Looking for the best hiking 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 hiking spots in and near San Diego County

  • San Diego County, California

    Pinyon Mountain Trail

    1.33 mi / 489 ft gain
    Pinyon Mountain Trail is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Julian, California.
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  • San Diego County, California

    Mountain Palm Loop

    2.85 mi / 436 ft gain
    Mountain Palm Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mount Laguna, California.
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  • Jamul, California

    Honey Springs Trail

    5.39 mi / 551 ft gain
    Honey Springs Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Jamul, California.
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  • Jamul, California

    Hollenbeck Canyon Extended Loop

    12 mi / 1673 ft gain
    Hollenbeck Canyon Extended Loop is a loop trail that is dog friendly (on-leash) located near Jamul, California.
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  • Jamul, California

    Hike the Hollenbeck Canyon Trail

    4.6 mi / 626 ft gain
    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 Forest is dog friendly, but bring a leash! Hunting is ...
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  • Jamul, California

    Hollenbeck Canyon Trail

    4.65 mi / 709 ft gain
    Hollenbeck Canyon Trail is a loop trail that is dog friendly (on-leash) located near Jamul, California.
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  • Jamul, California

    Honey Springs Trail to Hollenbeck Canyon Loop

    6.21 mi / 810 ft gain
    Honey Springs Trail to Hollenbeck Canyon Loop is a loop trail that provides you with the opportunity to see wildflowers and wildlife located near Jamul, California.
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  • Alpine, California

    Lawson Peak Trail

    4.23 mi / 1457 ft gain
    Lawson Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Jamul, California.
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  • Alpine, California

    Gaskill and Lawson Peaks

    6.92 mi / 2129 ft gain
    Gaskill and Lawson Peaks is an out-and-back trail that takes you a cave and strenuous located near Jamul, California.
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  • Jamul, California

    Pio Pico Campground to Otay Mountain via Minnewawa Truck Trail

    12.21 mi / 3136 ft gain
    Pio Pico Campground to Otay Mountain via Minnewawa Truck Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Jamul, California.
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  • Jamul, California

    Otay Mountain: Minnewawa Truck Trail to Marron Valley Road

    14.17 mi / 3166 ft gain
    Otay Mountain: Minnewawa Truck Trail to Marron Valley Road is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Dulzura, California.
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  • 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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  • Potrero, California

    Portrero Park Trail

    1.78 mi / 223 ft gain
    Portrero Park Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Potrero, California.
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  • Alpine, California

    Espinosa Trail

    3.37 mi / 492 ft gain
    Espinosa Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Descanso, California.
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  • Jamul, California

    Hike Mt. McGinty

    4.8 mi / 1263 ft gain
    Balancing a good workout, gorgeous views, and minimal time commitment, these 4.8-mile steep trail is definitely a San Diego point of interest, and despite its proximity to the city of San Diego, it remains a low trafficked hike. The Hike: Right away the trail weaves you through beautiful vegetati...
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  • Jamul, California

    McGinty Mountain Trail

    4.52 mi / 1280 ft gain
    McGinty Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Jamul, California.
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