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Stories by The Canyoneers
Stroll through one of San Diego’s more scenic oak woodlands and experience a diversity of vegetation types on your way up to the top of Mt. Woodson where rock climbers may be seen.
Anza-Borrego’s high elevation multiuse trails appeal to hikers, bikers, and equestrians.
Find two rare plants on the Torrey Pines Loop Trail — bush rue when descending into Gonzales Canyon and Torrey pine trees when ascending to the mesa top.
This short hike and visitor center are perfect introductions to coastal birds and marsh habitat.
Easily accessible falls and multiple crossings of the Sweetwater River through chaparral, riparian, and meadow habitats.
Unusual rock formations, views, and a variety of landscapes and habitats make this one of the better hikes in the county.
Panoramic views of Lakeside and East County mountains from “God’s Hill”
This ridge climb to a historic site has panoramic views of Lakeside and East County mountains.
Discover a hidden treasure in the heart of Ramona.
This hike includes trails beneath an old oak canopy, morteros, open meadows, two creeks, and a small pond with a stone weir.
Hike from a tree-shaded riparian area to a mountain peak
The varied topography and ecosystems of Louis A. Stelzer County Park make this 420-acre reserve a delight to visit. It is situated along Wildcat Canyon Creek and includes the rocky hillsides, ridgeline, and a peak ...
Indian Creek Trail does not give up surprises easily. Hike this trail for woodlands, streams, and panoramic views in the Laguna Mountains.
Aromas of butterscotch and grape soda in Cleveland National Forest
Pines, oaks, and incense cedar on this six-mile loop of the Gatos Big Laguna Trail Spur.
Water birds on the lake and chaparral vegetation on the slopes make this a pleasant walk.
Sand mine becomes riparian willow forest in Lakeside.
This hike features the work of a local conservancy to restore this section of the San Diego River.
This Los Peñasquitos tributary canyon has varied natural resources and a rich biodiversity of species.
Beware of Stonewall Peak's poodle-dog bush
Follow this switchback trail to granitic 5730-foot-high Stonewall Peak for views of Cuyamaca Reservoir and the nearby peaks of Cuyamaca, Middle, and North.
The largest known fault scarp on the North American continent existing on unconsolidated sediments.
Carlsbad’s high point offers a 360-degree view from the coast to the mountains.
Drive to Escondido, take a step back in time.
Hike cobbled streambeds with small groupings of palm trees and chaparral plants lining the canyon.
Hike to a viewpoint overlooking an area where Indians once lived and enjoy the silence and isolation.
Visit an old Indian village site and hike down a high-walled serpentine gorge.
Enjoy a pleasant walk along the southern section of the Tecolote Canyon Nature Park
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 ...