30 Best Hikes in San Diego County

Ditch the flip-flops for laces and head out on one of these best San Diego hikes that will take you along coastal trails, out to waterfalls, and even to a potato-chip-shaped rock.

Enjoy the beautifully preserved coastal wetlands of Batiquitos Lagoon. The trail is wide and flat, which means that wheelchairs and strollers can be used here.

Batiquitos Lagoon (Carlsbad)

Many walkers, runners, and cyclists enjoy gorgeous views from this paved cliffside path from Cardiff State Beach up to Swami’s Beach.

Cardiff Beach to Swami’s

You’ll definitely want to have your camera with you for this as it’s one of the best hikes in San Diego with breathtaking panoramic views.

Cowles Mountain (Mission Trails Regional Park)

The Cuyamaca Peak Loop Trail offers spectacular views of mountains and valleys.


This is one of the top hikes in San Diego as it boasts a variety of possible activities. Hiking, backpacking, and even horseback riding are permitted.

Double Peak Trail (San Marcos)

Apart from being home to some of the best hiking in San Diego, running, biking, and ice-climbing are also great fun.

Iron Mountain Trail (Poway)

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