Matt Potter 10:28 p.m., March 6
Stories by The Canyoneers
Inspiring views make this a great hike on cool days.
Stands of majestic oaks and sycamores line a bubbling stream along a section of the trail.
Discover a little-known route to one of Anza-Borrego’s remote palm groves
This historic watering hole is a premier birding site in San Diego County.
This trail provides a great introduction to desert plants.
A walk to the Hodges Dam and back through coastal sage scrub habitat.
Once a mecca for the Hollywood set; includes trails connected to the City of Carlsbad
Hike up to 4927 feet for Glen’s View, with panoramic views that include North Peak, Julian, and the desert.
Paved and dirt trails encourage all visitors (including those in wheelchairs) to experience the desert
Big Sky Country in San Diego County
Montana is not the only state that can boast being “Big Sky Country.” We have the same bragging rights in our own backyard: the Laguna Mountains (locals call it “the Lagunas”). Tucked in the Cleveland ...
Explore the wild side of this much-loved neighborhood park with beautiful views and a wide array of native and exotic plants.
Discover Indian rock art and grinding areas on this desert hike.
One of the finest trails in Palomar Mountain State Park is this loop with great surrounding views and interesting plants.
A short, steep desert trail gives bird’s eye view of canyons and mountains.
Overlooks with dramatic views
Up to you: leisurely stroll or heart-pumping workout in the Elfin Forest.
Hike on a man-made island in Mission Bay where invasive plants dominate the landscape.
This Agua Tibia Wilderness hike has dramatic vistas and a variety of vegetation types.
The cooling, welcoming sight of a pond while hiking in the chaparral on a hot day.
A tree-shaded trail with bucolic vistas leads to a world-class observatory.
Cross seven access bridges to San Diego’s historical streetcar routes on this downtown loop walk that blends the present with the past.
This spectacular hike showcases San Diego’s skyline, Coronado, and the bay.
A lofty perch offers impressive views of San Pasqual Valley clear to the ocean
Explore an urban canyon with a riparian area and over 100 palm trees.
Guidebook author Jerry Schad’s favorite Balboa Park trail and an opportunity to volunteer service.
On any given day, the main route up Cowles Mountain, the highest point in the city of San Diego, is busy. A route with less traffic and easy parking is the Mesa Trail route that ...
Huge sycamores and live oak trees highlight this easy walk in the canyon bottom.
Hike to a tumbling creek among cottonwoods and willows.
This trek is along a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, beginning at the junction with Kitchen Creek Road. It starts on a ridgeline with expansive views of backcountry and south toward Mexico and Cameron ...
Chaparral-cloaked hills, a wide river valley with oak woodland vegetation, and sections of lush riparian flora.
The alternate, less crowded trail up Iron Mountain.
Walk among Torrey pine trees through coastal sage scrub and chaparral plants.
This challenging hike combines an opportunity to view rare old-growth Tecate cypress trees and a variety of native plant species.
A cascading waterfall is the cool reward.
View the somewhat rare Englemann live oaks from a relatively secluded trail.
Multiple plant communities and more than 250 species of shore and water birds.
Hike over rolling hills and through oak woodlands, wildflower fields, and seasonal wetlands.
Double your pleasure on this hike with inspiring vistas and a remarkable assortment of flowering plants.
One of the best single-track mountain-bike trails in California is also one of the finest hiking trails. Shuttling required.
This short, easy hike along a cottonwood and willow-shaded lakeshore is perfect for young children, seniors, and avid birdwatchers
View salt-marsh plants year round and shorebirds especially during spring and winter migrations.
Less crowded, unique and beautiful wildlands make this a good place to explore.
No doubt why it is called “Eagle Rock”
Be amazed by a rock formation that really looks like an eagle!
See several native San Diego habitat types on a leisurely stroll.
Nearly ten years after the Cedar Fire, Descanso Creek is showing many signs of life.
A great hike in spring to early summer to catch blooming chaparral and annual wildflowers while bagging a peak with an inspiring view.
Hike to Daley Ranch’s highest peak while delighting in the sights and smells of chaparral and coastal sage plant communities.
See magnificent and rare Torrey pines in this lesser-known state reserve.
San Diego is a unique and exciting city for many reasons, and the remarkably rare Torrey pine is near the top of that list. Most San Diego residents can probably tell you where to find ...
What do camping, fishing, bird-watching, relaxing hikes, and wastewater reclamation all have in common?
Santee Lakes Regional Park, a waterfowl haven that started out as a wastewater treatment facility.
This 2195-acre preserve offers an array of seasonal wildflowers in oak-pine woodland and spectacular views of the lower elevations.
Sixty-two miles away from downtown San Diego, a strenuous three-mile hike on Five Oaks Trail. No. Dogs. Allowed.
A desert canyon dotted with palo verde trees leads to an abandoned mine and views toward the badlands
Palo Verde Canyon is aptly named for the many green-stemmed palo verde trees found in this desert canyon that leads down from the Santa Rosa Mountains. A hike up this canyon leads to an old ...
See hawks and other wildlife in this prairie habitat
Between Interstate 15 and the town of Ramona lies a new gem for San Diego outdoor enthusiasts. Only recently opened to the public, the Ramona Grasslands Preserve allows hikers, joggers, and horseback riders to explore ...