The Best Mountain Biking in San Diego

Looking for the best mountain biking 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 Outbound community.

Top mountain biking spots in and near San Diego

  • San Diego, California

    Hike the Rose Canyon Trail

    3.5
    8.9 mi / 725 ft gain
    This hike is open year-round but is especially beautiful in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming and the spring is running. This trail offers good entry level mountain biking, with mostly flat well maintained trails and a couple of challenging but doable hills. 
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  • San Diego, California

    Hike to the Rope Swing in Tecolote Canyon

    4.0
    4.4 mi
    Tecolote Canyon offers a great opportunity to explore nature right in the heart of San Diego, whether it is a hike, run, or bike ride on the trails.  But the best kept secret is perhaps a rope swing over the creek! The main trail starts off at Tecolote Canyon Natural Park & Nature Center, wh...
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  • San Diego, California

    Black Canyon Trail

    1.53 mi / 200 ft gain
    Black Canyon Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near La Jolla, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Fortuna Saddle Trail to Suycott Valley Trail to Rim Trail Loop

    4.52 mi / 741 ft gain
    Fortuna Saddle Trail to Suycott Valley Trail to Rim Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near La Mesa, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Claremont Mesa to Visitor's Center Loop

    4.49 mi / 689 ft gain
    Claremont Mesa to Visitor's Center Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Hike the Fortuna Mountain Trail

    6.2 mi / 1459 ft gain
    The Fortuna Mountain Trail is an easy drive from San Diego. The waterfall is most visible in the spring or after heavy rains. The trail is accessible year-round, and allows dogs that are kept on leash.  Print out trail maps before getting started to avoid getting lost. 
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  • San Diego, California

    Fortuna Mountain Trail

    6.28 mi / 1119 ft gain
    Fortuna Mountain Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    SD Aqueduct, Rim, E-Ticket, Suycott Valley and South Trail Loop

    5.19 mi / 879 ft gain
    SD Aqueduct, Rim, E-Ticket, Suycott Valley and South Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near La Mesa, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Hike the Balboa Park Trails

    4.6
    4.3 mi / 459 ft gain
    The Balboa Park Trail offers the chance to see wildlife and is open year-round. The trail is shared by runners, families, hikers, and bikers. Dogs are able to use the trail but must be kept on leash. There is a dog park you will pass by. 
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  • San Diego, California

    Los Penasquitos Canyon (from Lopez Canyon)

    11.49 mi / 348 ft gain
    Los Penasquitos Canyon (from Lopez Canyon) is a loop trail that is moderately difficult located near Del Mar, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Hike the Visitor Center Loop Trail

    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...
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  • 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.
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  • San Diego, California

    Embarcadero to Spanish Landing

    7.45 mi / 82 ft gain
    Embarcadero to Spanish Landing is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    North Fortuna via Rolling Hills

    5.28 mi / 1109 ft gain
    North Fortuna via Rolling Hills is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    San Diego Sea to Sea Trail via Camino Ruiz Park

    4.84 mi / 361 ft gain
    San Diego Sea to Sea Trail via Camino Ruiz Park is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Poway, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Cowles Mountain Trail

    2.88 mi / 886 ft gain
    Cowles Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near La Mesa, California.
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