The Best Backpacking in San Diego

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Top backpacking spots in and near San Diego

  • San Diego, California

    South Fortuna Trail and Fortuna Saddle Trail Loop

    6.06 mi / 1342 ft gain
    South Fortuna Trail and Fortuna Saddle Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near San Diego, California.
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  • Poway, California

    Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake Trail

    5.91 mi / 1027 ft gain
    Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Poway, 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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  • Escondido, California

    Clevenger Canyon South West Trail

    4.39 mi / 1099 ft gain
    Clevenger Canyon South West Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Ramona, California.
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  • Escondido, California

    Cougar Ridge to Jack Creek Meadow to East Ridge Loop

    14.58 mi / 2011 ft gain
    Cougar Ridge to Jack Creek Meadow to East Ridge Loop is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Valley Center, California.
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  • Descanso, California

    Eastside, Juaquapin, Dyar Spring and Harvey Moore Loop

    6.04 mi / 823 ft gain
    Eastside, Juaquapin, Dyar Spring and Harvey Moore Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Descanso, California.
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  • Descanso, California

    Dyar Springs Trail

    5.79 mi / 794 ft gain
    Dyar Springs Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Descanso, California.
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  • Descanso, California

    East Side Trail Loop

    13.08 mi / 1588 ft gain
    East Side Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Descanso, California.
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  • Julian, California

    Oriflamme Canyon Trail

    16.08 mi / 2835 ft gain
    Oriflamme Canyon Trail is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Julian, California.
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  • 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.
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  • San Diego County, California

    Hiking the Laguna Hills via the PCT

    5.0
    20 mi / 2000 ft gain
    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 confusing to follow as the entire network is named "Big ...
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  • Julian, California

    Hike the Garnet Peak-Champagne Pass Loop

    5.0
    10.5 mi / 900 ft gain
    Hiking the Garnet Peak to Champagne Pass Loop can be done as a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip. You will hike on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), climb to the top of Garnet Peak and relish in the views of the Anza Borrego Desert. There are optional side trails that you can take (to Storm ...
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  • Warner Springs, California

    Barker Valley Spur Trail

    7.48 mi / 1145 ft gain
    Barker Valley Spur Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Warner Springs, California.
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  • 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.
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  • Mount Laguna, California

    Long Canyon Loop Via Pacific Crest Trail

    17.16 mi / 2402 ft gain
    Long Canyon Loop Via Pacific Crest Trail is a loop trail that is moderately difficult located near Mount Laguna, California.
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  • Warner Springs, California

    Agua Caliente Creek Trail

    10.68 mi / 1191 ft gain
    Agua Caliente Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Warner Springs, California.
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