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

Santa Margarita Trail

This loop follows San Diego’s last wild river, so you’ll be treated to wildlife and shade. Though the trail itself is flat, it is SANDY, so be prepared for a workout and possible knee-high river crossings.
Trail Distance: 6.2 Miles   Difficulty: 6   Scenery: 8   Map Info: 7

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 Loop

Most people come to Lake Poway for the trails that branch from it (Mt. Woodson, Blue Sky), but the loop itself still has plenty of gorgeous views. A gentle beginning hike.
Trail Distance: 2.9 Miles   Difficulty: 6   Scenery: 7   Map Info: 7

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

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