The Best Running in San Diego County

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • Chula Vista, California

    Lower Otay Reservoir: East Side

    4.4 mi / 194 ft gain
    Lower Otay Reservoir: East Side is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Chula Vista, California.
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  • Campo, California

    Morena Lake Trail

    4.07 mi / 528 ft gain
    Morena Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Campo, California.
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  • Chula Vista, California

    Mother Miguel Mountain Via Rock House Trail

    4.0
    4.11 mi / 919 ft gain
    Mother Miguel Mountain Via Rock House Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Chula Vista, California.
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  • Chula Vista, California

    Hike Mother Miguel Mountain

    5.0
    4.5 mi / 977 ft gain
    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 / flashlight for the hike back down. This trail i...
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  • Chula Vista, California

    San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

    1.49 mi / 427 ft gain
    San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Chula Vista, California.
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