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 incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike the Rose Canyon Trail

    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 challen...

    8.9 miles 725 ft gain

  • Hike to the Rope Swing in Tecolote Canyon

    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 Te...

    4.4 miles

  • Hike the Fortuna Mountain Trail

    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 ...

    6.2 miles 1459 ft gain

  • Hike the Balboa Park Trails

    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. 

    4.3 miles 459 ft gain

  • Hike the Visitor Center Loop Trail

    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 ridin...

    1.4 miles 190 ft gain

  • Hike the Nighthawk Trail Black Mountain Loop

    The Nighthawk Trail / Black Mountain Loop is a great alternative to Torrey Pines that is slightly less crowded. If you choose to hike this trail at night, the city lights are relatively romantic.  Bring lots of extra water and consider grabbing a ...

    5.5 miles 1268 ft gain

  • Hike Mother Miguel Mountain

    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...

    4.5 miles 977 ft gain

  • Hike Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

    Bernardo Mountain is located on the Coast to Crest Trail in San Dieguito River Park.The 7.36 mile out-and-back trail to the 1150 ft. summit starts on the east side of I-15. It's a relatively easy hike all the way to the top. It picks up a little o...

    7.36 miles 1150 ft gain

  • Hike the Double Peak Trail

    The Double Peak Trail in Lakeview Park is a moderate hike, good for most skill levels and families. Discovery Lake is the best starting point. When you reach the top, your efforts will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape...

    4.1 miles 1003 ft gain

  • Hike the Hollenbeck Canyon Trail

    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 Fore...

    4.6 miles 626 ft gain

  • Photograph the Mexican Border on the PCT Southern Terminus

    From San Diego head East on Hwy 8 for roughly 60 miles to Buckman Springs Road (Exit 51). Take a right on Buckman Springs road an drive South for 10 miles. Turn right on CA-94 W (Campo Rd) and drive for 1.5 miles. After crossing the railroad track...