The Canyoneers

Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to lead interpretive nature walks that teach appreciation for the great outdoors. Read more about them in Coast to Cactus: The genesis of San Diego's definitive hiking guide.

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Poway's trail less traveled

Hike the loop to Tooth Rock

The out-and-back trip is an easy walk through coastal sage scrub and grassland habitat, with an occasional dip into shady live oak, poplar, sycamore and willow riparian groves. It is good for everyone, including parents ...

A peak experience with spectacular desert views

Hiking Sombrero Peak from Indian Gorge, there is no official trail or even agreed-upon route to the top

Many reasons have been given for climbing Sombrero Peak, including its distinctive shape and the fact that it is quite prominent when viewed from Indian or Bow Willow Valleys. It is on the list of ...

Enjoy various cacti, flowers, and animal tracks on the Bisnaga Wash

“Bisnaga,” is Spanish for barrel cactus

Begin the hike from the parking area and follow the wash veering to the northwest, keeping the hills on your left. Bisnaga Wash is a wide wash with gradual elevation gain, ending in a narrow ...

Bike the bayshore on Coronado's Silver Strand

Experience an uncluttered view of the south end of San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bridge

The Bayshore Bikeway can be entered at the end of the parking lot at Glorietta Bay Park in Coronado. Pay attention for riders as you enter. This is the beginning of a nice 9-mile ride ...

Step back in time on the Kelly Trail in Carlsbad

Follow the Agua Hedionda Creek wetlands bordering Agua Hedionda Lagoon

The land that is now Carlsbad was once home to Kumeyaay people, perhaps for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Spanish priests and their accompanying soldiers displaced the Kumeyaay by the late 18th century, and ...

Hidden and well-known treasures of Balboa Park

Five trails start at the Sixth and Upas gateway

Hidden and well-known treasures of Balboa Park

A fitness routine surrounded by natural sights and sounds

Over 100-year-old oaks and wildlife abound at Potrero Regional Park

A fitness routine surrounded by natural sights and sounds

Follow part of the early stagecoach line between Poway and Escondido

The views of the surrounding hills and of San Pasqual Agricultural Preserve are outstanding

Follow part of the early stagecoach line between Poway and Escondido

An unassuming cemetery in Mission Hills

Salvaged tombstones are the only indication that Calvary Cemetery ever existed

An unassuming cemetery in Mission Hills

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