Roam-O-Rama

Old Town remains one of the most visited areas in the state

New World meets Old World at the base of Presidio Hill

In 1769, Gaspar de Portolá established a fort, or presidio, very close to the Kumeyaay village of Koss’ai (Cosoy), overlooking the San Diego River. Mission San Diego was founded on the same hill location just ...

Lower Santa Ysabel Trail: traverse a magnificent forest of large coast live oaks

Hike through shady oak woodlands and enjoy outstanding mountain views

This trail offers plenty of shade and interesting things to see and investigate nearly year round. You will find a continuously changing array of wildflowers and blooming shrubs and trees from November to late May ...

LA politician Manchester Boddy dug five ponds, built greenhouses, to create Wilderness Gardens Preserve

The mile-long Frank Special Trail leads you through a shady oak woodland and up the chaparral-covered hillside

For a brief time in the 20th century, the Wilderness Gardens property was owned and named by Manchester Boddy, a Los Angeles politician, publisher, and horticulturist. For his “wilderness,” he dug five ponds, built greenhouses ...

Barber Mountain Trail: used for SDG&E power line access, border patrol, fire response, and a little foot traffic

Walk through miles of unspoiled chaparral and uninhabited vistas.

Before the major wildfires of 2003 and 2007 and the installation of the Sunrise Power Link, Barber Mountain Road was a jeep road that connected upper Deerhorn Valley to Honey Springs Road. Since that time, ...

Enjoy lunch at Agua Caliente Creek on the Pacific Crest Trail

Take this hike for Lake Henshaw views and a wilderness experience

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a well-traveled 2,650-mile trail from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. Along this trail are many day-hike or overnight backpacking possibilities. Here in San Diego County, we have ...

Lightning Ridge Trail: find Horse Heaven Group Campground off Laguna Mountain

Despite the name, this is not a horse camp.

Lightning Ridge Trail is accessible and enjoyable during all seasons, but especially beautiful in the spring and summer, when flowers and shrubs are blooming. This is a good time to hike this trail, especially with ...

The dangers and beauty of Otay Mountain Pio Pico approach

On a clear day, you can expect to see hundreds of miles along the San Ysidro Mountain Range

This trail features impressive summit views of surrounding mountains, the US/Mexico border, and unique plant life. It is used by hikers/walkers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and off-roading vehicles. It should be noted that this is ...

Visit Santee’s Rattlesnake Mountain... but stay on the trail

This short hike leads to a spectacular view of East County

Rattlesnake Mountain is best known to East County residents as the mountain that has the illuminated star during the holiday season that is visible for miles. It is just east of Gillespie Field. Apart from ...

Dredging large dirt parking lot opened up the tidal flow for San Dieguito Lagoon

Today the lagoon is full of plant and bird life

San Dieguito Lagoon is the largest of San Diego County’s six lagoons and is part of the 92,000-acre San Dieguito River Park. The park contains the Coast to Crest Trail, which will eventually run from ...

Anza-Borrego’s Lycium Wash via Split Mountain Road: a more primitive experience

Hike along an ancient sea bottom with multi-hued hillsides

Located south of Ocotillo Wells, Lycium Wash via Split Mountain Road is about 45 minutes from Anza Borrego Desert State Park’s Visitor Center, making it an ideal hike for those wishing to have a more ...

Walk the Embarcadero along Harbor Drive and the airport

Stop at the Star of India, USS Midway Museum, Tuna Harbor, Marine Park and enjoy great views

San Diego Harbor not only bounds downtown to the west, it also marks the edge of a rich habitat. As you look out to the bay, you can see Coronado/North Island. Technically, the “island” is ...

Spot the California least tern near Fiesta Island’s Stony Point

The isolation of the island surrounded by food sources became a good place for the terns to build their nest

Not far from land, but safe from predators such as snakes, coyotes, raccoons, and domestic animals, the California least terns make their nests on Stony Point on Fiesta Island. This federally-listed endangered species primarily eats ...

Find wild cucumber, mushrooms, and ocean views along the old San Diego Beach Railroad in La Jolla and Birdrock

Also look for the "cowboy cologne" coastal sagebrush for pioneers who wanted to freshen up!

The La Jolla/Bird Rock Bike Path begins at the southern end of Bird Rock at the intersection of La Jolla Hermosa and Camino de la Costa. On the north end, the trail turns around when ...

Daley Ranch: from Kumeyaay harvest ground to Robert Daley’s illegal squatting

Coyote Run and Diamondback are popular trails

The Daley Ranch in Escondido offers a little bit of heaven for all of its visitors. Hikers, bikers, and equestrians can find trails that vary from easy to difficult, dirt to paved, narrow to wide. ...

Denk Mountain: Carlsbad’s highest mountain for hikers and bikers

The name honors the Denk family, who once owned much of the land that is now the Rancho La Costa Preserve

Denk Mountain is the unofficial name of the highest point in the City of Carlsbad. It may be a little presumptuous to call it a mountain, but at 1041 feet of elevation, it is high ...

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