San Diego Trails: Take Your Pick

Plants of the Anza-Borrego Desert Park, San Di...
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San Diego Trails: Take Your Pick

San Diego has very many trails to choose from, each offering a unique trailing experience no matter what whether you’re a “Sunday afternoon stroller” or a more serious “holiday hiker”. I’ve already mentioned many individual trails, but just thought it would be a good idea to give a brief snapshot of the types of trails available in beautiful San Diego County. There are not many other places in the world which can offer such a diversity of the natural landscape. San Diego County boasts around 2,100 different plant species and 492 species of birds, so there’s always plenty to watch out for while your hiking. Let’s take a few example snapshots.

San Diego: Mountain Trails

The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is home to the wonderful Sunset Trail, which winds it’s way through oak and pine forests (watch out for a hint of vanilla in the air) and offers splendid views of valleys and peaks, ending at the fantastic pond in Laguna Meadow, the Water in the Woods. 

San Diego: Coastal Trails

There is a fantastic coastal trail along the San Elijo Lagoon, located between Cardiff and Solana Beach. More than 300 species of birds migrate to these coastal wetlands during the winter, and with around 1000 acres offering seven miles of wonderful trails, bird watchers flock here from all over the world. Why not join them?

San Diego: Foothills Trails

If you fancy hiking through some marvellous foothills then you ought to head off to Santa Ysabel Open Space Reserve. Spring is a good time to visit, you won’t believe the carpet of wild flowers waiting for you, and with 13 miles of trails on the 3,800 acre former working ranch, you could also spot a few cattle.

San Diego: Desert Trails

San Diego County is also home to the fabulous Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This vast area covers over 600,000 acres with a great variety of wild animals and plants. One particularly great place to hike is in Mountain Palm Springs where two trails meet at a wonderful palm tree oasis – truly magical.

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