Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Mihn Trail Trail Distance: 2.4 miles Best time to hike: Year Around Click Here for driving direction If you hike south on the beach you will come to a weird mushroom type house that is owned by the university and parking lot. You can follow that road back up to get to your […]
Trail Distance: 2.4 miles   Difficulty: 7.5   Scenery: 8.5   Map Info: 6

Torrey Pines State Reserve

After the steep climb to the trailhead, it’s all downhill from there. Which is good, because you’re going to want to focus on the scenery as much as possible.
Trail Distance: 5.6 Miles   Difficulty: 6   Scenery: 9   Map Info: 8

Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs gets its name from the brilliant colors the cliffs and ocean turn at sunset. A mild hike with stunning vistas and family-friendly tide pools, this is a crowd favorite.
Trail Distance: 3.7 Miles   Difficulty: 3   Scenery: 10   Map Info: 8

Piedras Pintadas

Piedras Pintadas means “painted rocks”, which is indicative of the painting and functional use of the boulders by local historical natives. On Lake Hodges, this trail is great for birdwatching.
Trail Distance: 3.8 Miles   Difficulty: 3   Scenery: 8   Map Info: 5

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

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

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