Noble Canyon Trail

Noble Canyon Trail

Distance: 10 – 14 miles | Hiking time: 5-8 hours | Difficulty: 7/10

Noble Canyon Trail is a popular 10 mile point-to-point trip for hikers and mountain bikers. The trail is known for its steep grade and difficult terrain, which makes it one of the more strenuous mountain biking trails in San Diego. Noble…

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Hauser Canyon Trail

Hauser Canyon Trail hike

Distance: 13.5 miles | Hiking time: 8 hours | Difficulty: 8/10

The Hauser Canyon Trail hike takes you along a section of the PCT south of Lake Morena and past Morena Butte. Most of the trail is well traveled, though in the lower portion of the hike within the canyon the trail can get overgrown and difficult…

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Horsethief Canyon Trail

Horsetheif Canyon Trail

Distance: 3.2-4.1 miles | Hiking time: 2 hours | Difficulty: 5/10

Horsethief Canyon Trail is a quick, family friendly out and back waterfall hike just outside of Alpine, Ca. The trail starts with a quick descent into the canyon before stopping at the Pine Valley Creek crossing. During the wet months, from late fall…

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Eagle Peak Hike

Eagle Peak hike

Distance: 4.2 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 6/10

Eagle Peak overlooks Cedar Creek to the north and Sheep Camp Creek to the south, which feeds Three Sisters Falls near Julian, Ca. This 4.2 mile out and back hike takes you along the southern edge of the mountain to the 3226′ summit. Once you reach the summit, you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the county, including a clear view of many of the tallest peaks in San Diego.

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Los Penasquitos Canyon East Approach

Los Penasquitos Canyon waterfall hike

Distance: 6.4 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 4/10

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is centrally located in San Diego and is easily accessible from the 805, 15 and 56 freeways. The focal point of the canyon is Penasquitos Creek, which runs the length of the preserve. A little over 3 miles west of the Black Mountain Road trailhead there is a quaint, quiet spot with a waterfall, perfect for a picnic lunch.

Trails are abundant on both sides of the creek and there are several creek crossings, including a couple of bridges. Hike as little or as much of the trail as you like. This suggested 6.4 mile route is just one of many possible longer or shorter routes you may choose to take along the creek.

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Cuyamaca Peak

Liebster Award Nomination

Distance: 6 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 6/10

Standing at 6512 feet, Cuyamaca Peak holds the top spot on the Sierra Club’s 100 Peaks of San Diego County list, and is officially the second highest point in the county. During the winter, Cuyamaca is one of the few places in San Diego that’s almost guaranteed to get snow. Aside from the views along the way, hiking the paved road to the summit isn’t that noteworthy. But if you don’t mind putting in the work to get there, the views from the summit are better than anywhere in the county.

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