Roam-O-Rama

Marston Canyon: follow a creek bed from Richmond Street to CA-163

Discover a quiet urban canyon connected to the Balboa Park trails network.

This urban canyon just north of Balboa Park features a wide variety of native and non-native vegetation surrounding a cobblestone creek. The canyon follows a creek bed from Richmond Street to CA-163. Two parallel trails ...

La Mesa’s “The Stride” hike connects Jackson Park, La Mesita Park, and Lake Murray

Urban Trails Mobility Action Plan helps to make City Walks and Urban Trails program a reality

The City of La Mesa has launched a program called City Walks and Urban Trails as part of their Urban Trails Mobility Action Plan as a way to help connect the community. One of these ...

Coastal Rail Trail: 44 miles from Oceanside to the Santa Fe Depot

This trail has both bike and hike options with ocean vistas.

The Coastal Rail Trails, when complete, will offer an opportunity to walk, hike, or bike (out of vehicular traffic) the 44 miles from Oceanside to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego. So far, ...

Spooner’s Mesa: once mesa top home to Olive and Christopher Spooner above the Tijuana River

See binational views from a borderline mesa

The Tijuana River drains 1750 square miles from the mountains of San Diego’s East County and Tecate (Mexico) crossing the international border to empty into the Pacific Ocean just south of Imperial Beach. The estuary ...

Good hiking and beautiful vistas at Los Santos Trail Loop near Murrieta

Take this hike to view old California—rolling hills, oaks, wildflowers, and wildlife.

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, near Murrieta in Riverside County, consists of 9000 acres and many hiking trails. The one described here has good hiking with lots of beautiful vistas; wildlife such as birds, coyotes, ...

Wooded Hill: the highest peak in San Diego County covered by trees

This hike is short but packed with great scenery, lots of shade, and an abundance of late-blooming native plants.

According to Jerry Schad, in his book Afoot and Afield in San Diego County, Wooded Hill is the highest peak in San Diego County that is covered by trees. The other nearby higher peaks are ...

Villagio And Arroyo Vista Trails connect inland areas to Batiquitos Lagoon

Walk along a corridor critical for wildlife to move between habitats.

The Villagio and Arroyo Vista trail segments in southern Carlsbad are part of a series of wildlife corridors which allow animals to move from coastal Batiquitos Lagoon to inland areas and vice versa. This suburban ...

Enjoy the urban landscape of Canyon Hills Open Space Loop

This lovely hike is hidden in plain sight.

Canyon Hills Open Space is a surprise and a contrast to the noise from nearby I-15, which is quite close indeed. This open-space area is a reminder why it is so important to continue to ...

Lake Sutherland Dam: providing a component of San Diego’s drinking water

Explore the south side of the lake through chaparral and oak woodlands.

Starting from the parking area closest to the restrooms, make your way up the road to the kiosk marking the beginning of the trail, a service road that runs along the south side of Lake ...

Chollas Creek: threading City Heights, Encanto, Oak Park and other communities

Enjoy a creekside walk in urban San Diego.

Chollas Creek runs through urban San Diego and is part of the Pueblo Watershed, running 32 miles from its headwaters in La Mesa and Lemon Grove to where it drains into San Diego Bay in ...

Hear water bubbling over boulders in Santa Ysabel Creek in Boden Canyon

This beautiful canyon has an abundance of great plant diversity.

From the staging area, follow the trail leading east. In 0.14 mile, it curves around a ridge and heads south into Clevenger Canyon, parallel to Hwy 78, but well below it. In about half a ...

Martha’s Grove Loop: in memory of park ranger Martha Harville

Enjoy great views in diverse landscapes and habitats

Martha’s Grove Trail is designated for one-way hiking only, so once you leave the parking lot, you are almost immediately climbing up a well-maintained trail. You get an expansive view of the Goodan Ranch in ...

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 ...

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