San Diego is covered with hiking trails. From above the beaches at Torrey Pines Reserve to the highest altitude in the county atop Mt. Laguna, there are places to get out and commune with nature. If you're one of the thousands who already take advantage of San Diego's many well-marked trails you don't need an excuse to strap a pack on your back, put on your boots and get outdoors.
On the other hand, if you're a couch potato looking for an excuse to leave the friendly but unhealthy confines in front of the boob tube or computer, this weekend could be just the trick. Saturday is National Trails Day and the entire country is being urged to check out one of the nearby trails that afford some 200,000 miles of hikeable terrain.
One of the nicest spots in the county is just minutes from downtown, out on the tip of Point Loma at Cabrillo National Monument. You can make a day of it, hiking one of the many trails located there and, if you time it right, you can spend some time scouring some of the best tide pools in the county, located on the ocean side of the point.