William Heise County Park

Home of one the of most scenic campgrounds in San Diego, William Heise has a number of camp-accessible trails in a variety of landscapes. Mountains, woods, desert-- there’s a trail for every taste.
Trail Distance: 3 Miles   Difficulty: 4   Scenery: 7   Map Info: 5

Volcan Mountain

We love hiking in the Julian area because it offers a change of scene from local chaparral. Volcan Mountain does not disappoint with conifer forests and desert to ocean views.
Trail Distance: 3.2 Miles   Difficulty: 6   Scenery: 9   Map Info: 3

Roberts Ranch Trail

Unlike many trails in San Diego, those of Roberts Ranch are not always clearly marked. Great if you’re looking to explore the area some; not if you like to know where you’re going at all times.
Trail Distance: 2-20 Miles   Difficulty: 3   Scenery: 8   Map Info: 5

Cedar Creek Falls

If you’re ready for an uphill butt-kicker, Cedar Creek Falls should be on your list. One of San Diego’s hidden spots, the Devil’s Punchbowl is best in the Spring, after the snows melt.
Trail Distance: 4.2 Miles   Difficulty: 5   Scenery: 9   Map Info: 6

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

El Capitan Open Space Preserve

The trail to El Cajon Mountain in the El Capitan Open Space Preserve is one of the most difficult in San Diego County. Only the truly hardy and resolute need apply!
Trail Distance: 14 Miles   Difficulty: 9   Scenery: 8   Map Info: 7

El Cajon Mountain

Considered one of the most difficult climbs in San Diego County, the journey to El Cajon Mountain goes through Silverdome and El Capitan for 3 separate peak experiences.
Trail Distance: 11.8 Miles   Difficulty: 8   Scenery: 8   Map Info: 8

Cowles Mountain

Cowles Mountain is the highest peak within the city limits, making it one of SD's most popular climbs due to its proximity and views of East County and South Bay.
Trail Distance: 3 Miles   Difficulty: 6   Scenery: 7   Map Info: 8