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RUNNING, BIKING & HIKING BLISS
If you’ve packed your running shoes or hiking boots, brought your bike or planning to rent one in town, then we’ve got some good news for you. With year-round sunny skies and moderate temperatures, plus easy access to hike, bikes, runs and routes at all levels, San Diego does not disappoint. Below are a number of options close to Town and Country Resort to kick off your outdoor adventures.
SAN DIEGO RIVER TRAIL
The San Diego River Trail is actually a network of trails and bike paths that run along the San Diego River. The path connects Mission Valley to Mission Bay where it becomes the Ocean Beach Bike Path. Unfortunately the trail is not yet complete but there are several sections within easy access of Town and Country. If you only have time to squeeze in a quick morning or late afternoon run, then head to the San Diego River Park, just across the bridge from Town and Country, and head east along the river. For a longer adventure, we recommend starting at point 6 on the map below, go north on Fashion Valley Rd. past the mall to Friars Rd. Head west and you’ll pick up the 6-mile trail that will take you all the way to the ocean.
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Situated only four miles from the resort and with over 20 miles of mostly flat, paved, scenic paths, Mission Bay is a great place to run and bike. On the eastern side of the bay you’ll find workout stations along the route for those looking for a little cross-training action. There’s also a more remote, 4-mile loop around the internal Fiesta Island and San Diego local’s favorite the 12-mile Mission Bay Loop. More information
MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK
From an easy 1.2-mile, mostly flat walk, run or bike on a wide, dirt path to a 6-mile trek around picturesque Lake Murray to a grueling, serpentine trail hike up one of five peaks with a rewarding view over San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park has 40 miles of scenic, natural trails, all located less than 10 miles from the resort. More information
MISSION AND PACIFIC BEACHES
Nothing offers the diversity of distraction like the coastline between Mission and Pacific Beaches, located less than six miles from Town and Country. Start with a low tide run on the hard-packed sand at the water’s edge soothed by the sound of the waves, or walk, run or bike along the 3-mile boardwalk, lined with funky surf shops, restaurants, bars and at the south Belmont Park. This is a spot where the 20-somethings congregate and where people watching is the local pastime. More information
Walking, running or biking through Balboa Park is a great way to get to know this 1,200-acre cultural center before a later visit to explore the 17 museums, world-class theatre and the San Diego Zoo. Positioned less than three miles from the resort, you can run through the shade of pine and eucalyptus trees on mostly flat paved footpaths or meandering trails, or bike asphalt and dirt paths while taking in the park’s 1915 Spanish Colonial architecture, and scenic trails and bridges. If you’re a hiker, check out Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve. More information
TORREY PINES STATE NATURAL RESERVE
Well worthy of a special trip is the stunning Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, located less than 14 miles away. Situated along the cliffs north of La Jolla, the short, hilly paths provide a nice hike or run among endangered Torrey pines and offer endless views of the Pacific and miles of coastline to the north and south. Multiple trails can be linked together to for a more vigorous workout. More information
Bike rentals area available throughout the city. For more on outdoor recreation and trail maps visit https://www.sandiego.org/explore/things-to-do.aspx