Hiking Trail Along The Beach

Local Hiking

Take a hike! Seriously, San Diego, California is known for its gorgeous hiking trails around the county. Hikers of all skill levels and abilities are sure to find a trail that is both challenging and rewarding. So grab your hiking boots and trail mix and head to one of these trails near Town and Country, a Balboa Park hotel in Mission Valley, San Diego.

Cabrillo National Monument

Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate

There is no shortage of gorgeous views at this seaside national park. Cabrillo National Monument offers visitors two trails, the Bayside Trail and the Coastal Tidepool Trail. The two-mile Bayside Trail is on the east side of the monument and showcases picture-worthy views of the San Diego Bay and downtown skyline. The Coastal Tidepool Trail leads visitors to numerous tidepools filled with oceanic wildlife. Keep an eye out on the horizon for a unique whale watching experience! From December through February, it is common to spot the annual migration of the Pacific Gray Whale. After your San Diego hiking adventures, stop by the museum and historic Point Loma Lighthouse to learn more about the 19th century exploration and military history at Cabrillo.

Iron Mountain

Difficulty level: Challenging – Difficult

Iron Mountain is a favorite destination among humans and dogs alike. Yes, this 5.3 mile hike is dog friendly so you don’t have to leave your furry friend behind. However, be forewarned this trail takes you up 1,000 ft. in elevation at the mountain’s peak. If you and your pup are up for the challenge, the panoramic view from the top is well worth the climb. Add this hike to your to do list and feel like a giant when you get to the top!

Mission Trails Regional Park

Difficulty Level: Easy – Difficult

Mission Trails Regional Park includes 7,220 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas. Its central location makes it the ideal spot for hikers to escape the city to take solace in nature. With over 60 miles of trails, visitor centers, and boating at Lake Murray, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Mission Trails Regional Park

Difficulty Level: Difficult

For the more seasoned hiker, Mission Trails Park offers the Five-Peak Challenge. In no particular order and operating on your own time frame, hikers must complete the challenge by hiking to the summit of five peaks – Cowles Mountain, Pyles Peak, Qwaay Paay, South Fortuna, North Fortuna. After you have completed the challenge you will be awarded with a certificate of completion, a logo pin and a unique perspective of San Diego.

Sunset Cliffs

Difficulty level: Easy

Sunset Cliffs is the perfect spot to take that special someone. This short trail weaves along the cliffs and overlooks a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. If you are looking for an easy hike to squeeze into your day, Sunset Cliffs is the perfect choice.

Torrey Pines

Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate

If you want to experience one of California’s most breathtaking coastal hikes, look no further than Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The 2,000-acre reserve is appropriately named after the Torrey pine woodland, the rarest pine in North America. So rare in fact, that the reserve is the only place in the world that Torrey pines still grow. The park offers 6 unique trails and beautiful viewpoints overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Los Peñasquitos Lagoon. Grab your camera and start exploring the trails at Torrey Pines.