Top 7 Hiking Trails in San Diego

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Mission Trails Regional Park
Cowles Mountain: By far, Cowles Mtn. (pronounced “Coals”)* with its outstanding views at 1,591’ above sea level, is arguably the most popular (and populated) trail in San Diego County.
Bob Rossi
The Trails of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve are not only easy to get to but can be a great outing for new hikers. The Beach Trail will take you from the top of the mesa to the waves below in less than a mile.
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Cabrillo National Monument Bayside Trail:The two mile walk just east of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse offers spectacular views of San Diego Bay. Ask about the trailhead when visiting the Cabrillo National Monument.
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Cooling off in the Elfin Forest. The trails offer unique views of the North County.
For those who want adventure, there's always the Southern California section of the Pacific Crest Trail which begins at Campo and runs through the Laguna Mountains. This is a picture of Cuyamaca Peak from the Laguna Mountains.
Patrick Zondler
Drive over to Borrego Springs and try the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail. The challenging hike takes you to a beautiful, well-watered oasis, tucked away in a rocky V-shaped gorge. On the way there and back (3 miles) you may even spot some bighorn sheep in the hills.
Looking east from the top of Iron Mountain. The 3-mile trail will take most hikers between 1-2 hours. There is a newly built parking area off Highway 67 and Poway Road. The view from the top is breathtaking.
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