Best Backpacking in San Diego

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

  • 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

  • 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 the Garnet Peak-Champagne Pass Loop

    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...

    10.5 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hiking the Dripping Springs Trail

    The trail immediately begins to climb out of the campground on a well-graded incline. The next mile contains some climbing leading to a set of switchbacks. A long strenuous climb ensues until the 3200' elevation is reached. The trail then makes an...

    12.8 miles 3200 ft gain