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The Best Hiking in Santee

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Top hiking spots in and near Santee

  • Santee, California

    Walker Preserve Trail

    5.97 mi / 154 ft gain
    Walker Preserve Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Santee, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Big Rock and Mesa Road Loop

    2.57 mi / 499 ft gain
    Big Rock and Mesa Road Loop is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Santee, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Hike to Cowles Mountain via Big Rock Trail

    4.0
    5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Starting somewhat near sea-level, Cowles Mountain via the Big Rock Trail climbs about 1000 ft in elevation.  This trail is about 5 miles total, out and back.  Arrive at Big Rock park which has good parking.  At the park you will walk to the left of the tennis courts past the limits (the fence) of...
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  • Santee, California

    Big Rock Trail

    4.9 mi / 1207 ft gain
    Big Rock Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Santee, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Crystal Cave

    4.0
    0.46 mi / 59 ft gain
    Starting at 8100 Mesa road, you will see parking along the side of the road in a few places, take advantage where you find it.  Pass over the trail gate that marks the start of the journey. This will be a quick trip, as the total distance is less than a mile out and back. Head a quarter mile or ...
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  • Santee, California

    Cowles Mountain via Mesa Trail

    4.44 mi / 1086 ft gain
    Cowles Mountain via Mesa Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Santee, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail

    4.86 mi / 1207 ft gain
    Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Santee, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Hike to the Antenna Station on Cowles Mountain

    4.0
    5 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Start by plugging 8125 Arlette St, Santee, CA into your GPS. This takes you to Big Rock Park, a convenient parking spot for the Cowles Hike. From here you want to walk through the park, and around the right side of the tennis court. This will take you to the fenced entrance to the hike. Head sout...
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  • Santee, California

    North Fortuna Mountain via Grasslands and Oak Canyon

    5.43 mi / 1096 ft gain
    North Fortuna Mountain via Grasslands and Oak Canyon is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Santee, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Cowles Mountain Service Road Loop

    3.02 mi / 827 ft gain
    Cowles Mountain Service Road Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near La Mesa, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Cowles Mountain from Barker Way

    2.47 mi / 837 ft gain
    Cowles Mountain from Barker Way is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near San Diego, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Kubota Trail and Toyen Trail Loop

    1.37 mi / 85 ft gain
    Kubota Trail and Toyen Trail Loop is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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  • Lakeside, California

    Lindo Lake Loop

    1.31 mi / 52 ft gain
    Lindo Lake Loop is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Lakeside, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Grasslands Crossing, North Perimeter and Oak Canyon Trail Loop

    2.44 mi / 112 ft gain
    Grasslands Crossing, North Perimeter and Oak Canyon Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near San Diego, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Hike to Kwaay Paay Summit

    2.8 mi / 850 ft gain
    Park your car in the small gravel parking lot at the southwest corner of Father Junipero Serra Trail and Bushy Hill Drive (this is especially important if you plan to take the sunset hike, so you'll be outside the locked park gate when you descend). There will be other hikers parked there, but I'...
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  • San Diego, California

    Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

    2.4 mi / 846 ft gain
    Kwaay Paay Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Santee, California.
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