Palm Canyon Trail

The most popular hike in the Anza-Borrego State Park (be prepared for more foot traffic than on other trails in the park) it’s the home of one of the CA’s last natural oases. This trail is kid-friendly and treat hikers to waterfalls and shade in the scorching desert.
Trail Distance: 3 Miles   Difficulty: 3   Scenery: 10   Map Info: 4

Pacific Crest Trail

This monster of a trail stretches from Canada to Mexico. For a shorter trip, the Laguna Mountain Ridge skirts the boulder filled mountains to the west and Anza-Borrego Desert to the east.
Trail Distance: 6.46 Miles   Difficulty: 3   Scenery: 6   Map Info: 1

North Lake Hodges

Lake Hodges has a number of trails to explore, including the Elfin Forest. The North trail, offer enough variety to appeal to a greater range of experience levels.
Trail Distance: 14.8 Miles   Difficulty: 3   Scenery: 8   Map Info: 8

Monserate Mountain

With ocean vistas to the west, Mount Palomar to the east and avocado-cloaked hills in between, it’s no wonder Monserate Mountain is the site of the annual Memorial Hill Climb for Fire Fighters.
Trail Distance: 4.5 Miles   Difficulty: 7   Scenery: 7   Map Info: 9

San Miguel Mountain

Steeper than the popular Cowles Mountain with half the amount of foot traffic with rolling grasslands all around. This mountain trail is best for those looking to get in a good run.
Trail Distance: 2.73 Miles   Difficulty: 7   Scenery: 9   Map Info: 8

Los Penasquitos Canyon

Looking for a hike with great views without the steep mountain trails? Los Penasquitos is relatively flat with streams, marshes and ponds that set the scene for impressive bird watching.
Trail Distance: 4.7 Miles   Difficulty: 4   Scenery: 7   Map Info: 8

Lake Poway to Mount Woodson

Home of the oft-photographed Potato Chip Rock, the trail to Mount Woodson is no cake walk. Some steep hills in the unrelenting heat, but the view of North County is worth it.
Trail Distance: 8.7 Miles   Difficulty: 6   Scenery: 8   Map Info: 8

Hollenbeck Canyon

With rolling hills as far as the eye can see, Hollenbeck Canyon is a welcome sight in East County. Picturesque oak groves shade a creek from the ruthless Jamul sun.
Trail Distance: 4-6 Miles   Difficulty: 6   Scenery: 7   Map Info: 5

Iron Mountain Trail

This heart-thumping trail takes you through boulder fields to the eastern mountains. Perfect for climbers and getting that out-of-the-city feeling.
Trail Distance: 5.8 Miles   Difficulty: 6   Scenery: 7   Map Info: 7

Highland Valley

Along the south bank of Lake Hodges lies the lush Highland Valley Trail. Just south of the Coast to Crest Trail, Highland Valley is your short, easy-going option.
Trail Distance: 4 Miles   Difficulty: 3   Scenery: 6   Map Info: 5