Some of our favorite hiking trails to explore!

The activities available in San Diego are limitless, but hiking the area is one that should be on your list with over 100 trails to choose from. Wherever Beach and Sun VR has helped to find you a place to call your home away from home, you can be sure there is a hiking trail nearby. There are trails for all ages and ability level.

Here are 5 of our favorites:

Cowles Mountain

This is a moderate to challenging 3 mile hike out and back. Once to the top and looking out at the view, you will be happy you decided on this hike. There are some rocks and loose gravel throughout, so plan accordingly. You will see a lot of other people on this popular hike, so start early for less traffic and bring water as shade is not really available. Dogs are welcome on a leash. 

Torrey Pines Loop

This is a coastal state park with the most beautiful views out to the ocean. You may even have whale or dolphin sightings. This 2.3 mile loop is good for people of all levels. The start has a steep hill, but the views are worth that short cardio burst. I suggest beginning with the hill and ending at the beach. There is a paid parking lot that fills up quickly. 

Annie’s Canyon

This is the coolest 1.5 mile hike through a slot canyon with great views of both the Pacific Ocean and the San Elijo Lagoon. This is a must do hike, which kids and adults both enjoy. Be prepared for tight sections through the canyon and steep areas with stairs.  

Potato Chip Rock

This 4 – 7 mile hike is all about the photo opportunity at the top. Take the shorter-steeper route at around 4 miles, or go with the longer route at 7.3 miles. Either way you end up with a great picture. Take sunscreen, water, and be ready for a good workout. The weekends are busy and there is usually a line to get your photo, but worth it.

Los Penasquitos Canyon

You will encounter many others on this popular 6.8 mile loop trail. It is a flatter hike and good for all ages. It is a beautiful walk and you may or may not encounter some wildlife, but you will get to a waterfall at the end. Put this trail on your San Diego bucket list.