People love getting outside and finding things to do in San Diego, and finding new trails to hike is top priority to some. Learn about San Diego’s top five hikes, ranging from casual, easy strolls to more vigorous, challenging treks.
Torrey Pines features multiple trails to choose from, all of which will get you sweating but aren’t too difficult. At practically every turn you’re rewarded with stunning views of some of the best beaches in California. Look out to the ocean to try to spot whales and dolphins breaking the surface and you’ll see why this is one of the most popular things to do in San Diego this weekend.
Speaking of popular, Cowles Mountain can at times be pretty crowded, but it’s worth the hike up some pretty steep switchbacks when you reach the summit and get a panoramic view of San Diego fro the mountains to the coast. Although it’s steep, it can be summited by nearly anyone.
This Poway hike is probably best known for the pictures on Potato Chip Rock which are ubiquitous on social media. However, the strenuous hike up Mount Woodson, which starts by Lake Poway, is one of the toughest hikes on this list. It’s recommended to start early in the day to beat the heat and bring along snacks and a lot of water.
This Rancho Penasquitos hike is flat and easy but takes you through a variety of scenery from shady copses to open grass fields and rocky formations which create small waterfalls. Stay on the trail long enough and you’ll end up by the Torrey Pines lagoon. The amazing scenery and easy terrain makes this hike one of the best cheap things to do in San Diego.
This four mile hike is the toughest on this list and arguably the hardest hike in San Diego County. Make your way through rocky terrain and up steep paths, some of which have ropes to help you along the way, and you’ll be rewarded by arriving at some of the most impressive waterfalls in the area. This is another hike where you’ll want to bring plenty of water.
Funseekers can purchase a FunGig that will provide them with an in-the-know guide to lead them on some of the best hikes in San Diego. Funbassadors can get some exercise and earn some extra money while leading a hike along some of San Diego’s best trails.