Local San Diego Hikes
Here at Hello Penny Bar, we love exploring local events and things to do in San Diego. In this blog post, we wanted to share the inside scoop of some of the best hikes in the area.
San Diego, as we all know, is a beautiful city located on the southern coast of California. It offers a diverse range of hiking opportunities, from coastal walks to mountain trails. There are different trails for all skill levels, and below we have outlined a few of our favorites.
- Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Located on the coast of La Jolla, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. There are several hiking trails in the reserve, ranging from easy to strenuous, and you can pick and choose which hikes you would like to do. The most popular trail is the Beach Trail, which takes you down to the beach and back up a steep hill. Our favorite way to navigate this trail is to park at the parking lot down at the beach, then walk up the hill, finish the hiking loop at the beach head.
- Cowles Mountain
Cowles Mountain is the highest peak in San Diego, standing at 1,593 feet. It’s a popular hiking destination for locals and visitors alike, offering panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas. The main trail is a 3-mile round trip hike that can be challenging, but the views from the top are well worth it. We recommend embarking on this hike to catch either the sunrise, or the sunset from the top. You won’t regret it!
- Mission Trails Regional Park
Mission Trails Regional Park is a 5,800-acre park located in the heart of San Diego. It offers over 60 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging climbs. This is also a really popular mountain biking destination if you’re more of an adrenaline junky.
- Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain is a 5.8-mile trail located in Poway. The trail is rated as moderate and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. While it is rated as moderate, this is definitely a more physically demanding hike, so we recommend being well prepared with water and supplies before your trip. The trail is well-maintained and is a popular spot for hikers and trail runners.
- Cedar Creek Falls
Cedar Creek Falls, also known by the locals as Devil’s Punch Bowl, is a 3.3-mile hike located in Ramona. The trail is rated as moderate and takes you to a 50-foot waterfall that flows into a natural pool. The pool is a popular spot for swimming, but be aware that the water can be cold and the area can get crowded on weekends. Bring lunch and some drinks with you to enjoy by the pool while you cool off in the crisp water from the falls.
- Mount Woodson
Mount Woodson is a 7.5-mile hike located in Poway. The trail is rated as difficult and takes you to the summit of Mount Woodson, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The trail is known for the Potato Chip Rock, a unique rock formation that looks like a potato chip. You have probably seen people pretending to hang from this rock on Instagram! Be aware, Potato Chip Rock has become a hot-spot for influencers and photographers, so sometimes the wait time for your photo can be over an hour.
- Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is a 4,000-acre preserve located in San Diego. It offers over 10 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderate. The most popular trail is the waterfall trail, which takes you to a 15-foot waterfall.
San Diego has something to offer for hikers of all skill levels, from easy coastal walks to challenging mountain trails. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these hikes are a great way to explore the natural beauty of San Diego.