Hiking in San Diego

When I think of California, especially San Diego, the first thing that comes to mind is not hiking.  Yes, they do have great weather all year round, but I think of large urban sprawl.  Well, hiking trails abound there.  Here is a great article by guest writer David Hay that reveals a few choice hiking trails around San Diego.

San Diego Hikes and Walking Trails

By David J Hay

Hiking or walking trails, is a favorite pass time activity for many in the states, and families, couples, singles, young and old, all can be seen, hiking and walking trails on some of the more, well known trail sites. Here in San Diego, mountain climbing and hiking is especially popular, with all its glorious mountain peaks and trail parks. You can see trails in San Diego being extremely populated on weekends. It provides the general public and visitors alike with the opportunity to get back to nature and experience a sense of adventure, at the same time spend some quality time with their families and loved ones. The trails in San Diego have their own history and are recognized as individual landmarks in the area.

If you are new to San Diego or just simply have never gone hiking, you might be clueless as to where these trails are located, but all you need is directions really, as you will be pleasantly surprised to find out what all you have been missing out on, all this time. Some of the more popular places to go hiking and walking in San Diego are as follows:

Mission Trails Regional Park, which consists of almost 5,800 acres of natural and urbanized area, features some of the most famous trail sites in San Diego. It includes peaks and hiking opportunities like the Cowles Mountain, which is a renowned for its history and breath taking view from the top. It also encompasses North and South Fortuna Mountains, with North Fortuna Mountain being the highest peak in the city of San Diego. It provides sight of everything from Anza Borrego Dessert on the East side of the city, to the Beaches on the West.

Torrey Pines National Reserve is another grand trail park, which is situated next to the renowned Torrey Pines golf club, and includes around 9 miles of trail and exquisite coastal landscape.

Black Mountain Open Space Park is a San Diego City favorite with its phenomenal range of canyons and hills. It is situated in the Rancho Peñasquitos area of the City of San Diego. The park is covers 2,352 acres and it is said, it might be expanded in the future. At the center of the park is the famous Black Mountain after which the park has been named and the mountain is 1,554 foot high and gives you a clear circular view of everything around it.

San Diego Desert parks also provide a great hiking opportunity to people in the area and some of the more, well known desert parks are:

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, which consists of around 26,000 acres and is situated 40 miles to the east of the City. The desert park consists of forests filled with pine and oak trees and great meadows. One of the main features of the park is the Cuyamaca Peak, which is considered the second highest peak in the city of San Diego.

Anza Borrego State Park, which consists of 600,000 acres and is known to be the biggest park in California and the second biggest in the country. It provides its visitors with 110 miles of trails.

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David Hay is the owner of 858 GRAPHICS in San Diego, California. 858 Graphics designs, builds, prints and installs almost any type of graphics. For all your Trade Show Display, Wall Murals, Outdoor Signs, Poster Printing and Vehicle Wraps needs, please visit http://www.858graphics.com

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Wow!  What a variety and large selection to choose from.  Who knew that San Diego had the Zoo, Lego Land and great hikes available.  I can’t wait to get out there and conquer some of these amazing trails.  Thanks David for the information.

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