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Hiking, Biking & Equestrian Trails


Experience San Diego County trails, one of the most diverse trail systems in the nation! Some trails offer simple strolls along placid streams while others take you over rugged mountains and isolated valleys. Some are easy, flat paths and others take you up and down a mountain - you pick the path. Discover 360 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails in more than 100 parks and open space preserves. 

Download our new trails app, Easy2Hike, to get locations and routes to parks and preserves across San Diego. Still in it's early stages, our profiles in Easy2Hike include 16 of our most popular venues, with more going live in 2018. Learn more; read the article!  

You can also view our Park Finder map to find a location that suits your individual needs and preferences, or pick trails based on destination and park type through our partner site,  GetOutsideSanDiego.org

Even our rangers peruse third-party sites like Modern Hiker and   AllTrails.com to get up-to-date trail information. Looking for a manual? Try  the latest edition of Afoot & Afield in San Diego County: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide.  

Before heading out, we encourage you to visit the News & Events page to check for park events, updates and closures. 

Check out our virtual hike videos:

Read articles with tips and helpful information: 

Read articles on trail news, cool facts and advancements:

  • This easy-to-moderate trail at Oakoasis County Park takes you to a beautiful vista!
  • Sycamore Canyon County Preserve is a popular spot for mountain bikers.
  • The Santa Ysabel Preserves offer great trails for hikers and equestrians.
  • Tijuana River Valley Regional Park offers more than 22 miles of multi-use trails.
  • Hike Volcan Mountain in Julian to get to this shady summit.

History of County Trails


On January 12, 2005, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the adoption of the County Trails Program and the Community Trails Master Plan.  

The County Trails Program guides development of a system of interconnected regional and community trails and pathways. These trails and pathways are intended to address an established need for public recreation and transportation, but will also provide health and quality of life benefits associated with hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding throughout the County's biologically diverse environments.

The County Trails Program involves both trail development and trail management on public, semi-public, and private lands. The Community Trails Master Plan is the implementing document for the trails program and contains local trails and plans for pathways that have been approved and adopted by the community.

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