Summer Hikes in SD

June gloom is almost gone and hot girl summer is here. It’s the perfect time to start getting out and exploring all that beautiful San Diego has to offer. When you live in one of the most beautiful places with all different types of scenery, it can sometimes be easy to take it for granted - WELL, NOT TODAY TBC FAM, NOT TODAY! 

 

San Diego County is 4,261 square miles and is known to be one of the most biologically diverse in the country. Of course our first hiking spot pick is Razor Point at Torrey Pines State Reserve. 

 

Torrey Pines State Reserve 

It’s a popular destination with 8 trails that offer a variety of difficulty levels and scenery. Beach access is right there to end your hike. With the most incredible views, you’ll be back next weekend. 

 

Potato Chip Rock

This is an SD classic - 7.5 miles of classic, to be exact (roundtrip) in Poway. There is a parking lot, but make sure to have cash on you. Bring plenty of water, get an early start to avoid crazy heat and to get a head start in line for the infamous picture on the potato chip. Maybe even bring some potato chips as a snack. 

 

Los Peñasquitos Reserve 

It’s a short distance from the city with a 6 mile loop. This hike is perfect if you need to feel a little isolation and you’ll most likely see up to 175 species of birds. 

 

Cedar Creek Falls

If you’re ready to go chasing some waterfalls, then this is the hike for you. Plunge 80 feet down into what is also known as Devil’s Punchbowl. Cedar Creek is a pretty intense 3 mile hike in East SD and it’s all downhill getting to the falls. Heat is always a thing on this hike, with usually at least a 10 degree increase so make sure you bring plenty of water. 

 

Cowles Mountain

First things first, it’s actually pronounced coals mountain and it’s the highest peak in San Diego. There are multiple approaches and 360 views that will have you in awe of San Diego and her beauty. This 1.5 mile hike is all uphill and all downhill. The elevation gain is about 950 feet, making it quite the workout. 

 

Iron Mountain 

Just outside of Poway, you’ll find Iron Mountain and its beauty for 6.4 miles. The first mile is pretty laid back, but then you’ll find yourself on more of an incline and feeling pretty far away from civilization. 

 

Time to move those feet and get hiking!

 

 


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