Hiking is such a great way to get some exercise in and take advantage of the amazing weather that San Diego has year round! Endorphins and some Vitamin D, what’s better than that! 😉
MAKE SURE TO BRING:
- Lots of Water
- Cell Phone to take Scenic Pictures
- Comfortable Sneakers-I wore them on all 3 hikes and I was fine
Being prepared will make your hike a much more enjoyable experience. Carpe Diem!
1. TORREY PINES STATE RESERVE: If you want a hike with breathtaking ocean views, this is the one to do!!! La Jolla in all of it’s glory! This is the easiest one of the three hikes. It’s 5.6 miles, but you can easily do less by heading down to the beach and walking that back. There is free parking available, but it’s first come first serve, so on busy weekends you may have to pay $12 to park in the lot (I recommend getting there before 9am/9:30am). All the trails are very well-maintained by volunteers. My favorite times to go are mornings and sunset. Go, you will be in awe of the natural beauty! 😉 website
2. COWLES MOUNTAIN: Located in the San Carlos neighborhood. Parking is easy, on street and is free. It is the highest point in San Diego! It is a 3-mile vertical climb. I would consider this an intermediate hike. Its definitely more difficult than Torrey Pines, but easier than Mt. Woodson. It’s definitely worth the climb because it’s great exercise and the panoramic views at the top are fantastic!
3. POTATO CHIP ROCK: MT. WOODSON TRAIL: Located near the Poway neighborhood. Parking is $5 for cars for non-residents and $2 for motorcycles. This is definitely the most challenging of the 3 hikes! It is 7.5 miles and and takes 3-4 hours on average to complete. The trail has a steep incline and there is not much shade. This is definitely for the more experienced hiker. The part that most people get excited about is the famous “potato chip rock” at the top. You will see many people taking pictures there. I would definitely suggest trying the other two hikes first before taking this one on.