Top 10 Hiking Trails and Walking Paths in San Diego

El Capitan Open Space Reserve
For a more challenging day hike, check out the views from El Capitan Open Space Reserve.
One of the best parts about living in San Diego is the ability to exercise outdoors year-round. After all, there’s only so many treadmill workouts you can do at the gym before it gets pretty darn boring. Luckily, our fine city offers many beautiful outdoor trails, walking paths and terrific hikes to take advantage of at any time of year. We’ve put together a Top 10 list below so pick one, try it out and tell us how it goes.
  • Batiquitos Lagoon Trail  
    Walk along a moderate 2-mile trail and take in the coastal wetland of Carlsbad.
  • Cowles Mountain  
    Cowles Mountain is the highest point within the city of San Diego and is a part of Mission Trails Regional Park. Trek up the mountain for a great hike!
  • El Capitan Open Space Reserve
    This challenging hike in Lakeside will take up most of your day, but offers glorious panoramic views of the San Diego River and El Capitan Reservoir.
  • Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve 
    Enjoy 13 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails through this beautiful natural reserve.
  • Iron Mountain 
    Trek the nearly 7 miles up Iron Mountain in Poway.
  • Lake Miramar Reservoir  
    Nearly 5 miles of paved road surround Lake Miramar, which is a popular spot for cyclists, joggers, walkers and Rollerbladers.
  • Lake Poway 
    Poway Park is home to several trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Poway, Mount Woodson and the surrounding inland areas.
  • Mission Bay Park 
    Enjoy the beautiful views of the more than 12 miles of walking, cycling and blading paths that Mission Bay has to offer.
  • Mission Trails Regional Park 
    This park is located 8 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and boasts more than 40 miles of trails near Kumeyaay Lake and Lake Murray.
  • Torrey Pines State Reserve 
    Enjoy several beautiful hiking trails through Torrey Pines State Reserve and get inspired by the breathtaking ocean views.

If you’re the type that prefers to exercise in group classes instead of on outdoor terrain, check out the fitness classes Sharp has to offer.

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