What Hikes Are Open?

UPDATED 10/5/2020

If you’ve started to go a little stir crazy under the current stay at home order, here’s a bit of good news for you- select hiking trails in San Diego are open, including Torrey Pines!

Here’s a list of some of the open hiking trails in San Diego:

Mission Trails Regional Park

1. Mission Trails Regional Park

As of June 9th, Cowles Mountain hiking trail has officially re-opened. Please check the weather before going. If it’s your first time at Mission Trails, I highly suggest starting out with the Father Junipero Serra Trail. Bring your pup, this hike is dog friendly! Some more challenging hikes are North and South Fortuna, and Kwaay Peak.

Parking lot is open and there’s plenty of street parking.

2. Iron Mountain in Poway, CA

This is one of the best hikes in San Diego for the stunning views. A bit more challenging with an elevation gain of over 1,000 feet. Located in Poway where it can get really hot during the summer, so I highly recommend going early. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water since there’s no shade on this trail.

Parking lot is open at full capacity and there is also street parking available. This is a dog friendly hike too (must be on a leash).

Beach Hike in La Jolla

3. Mushroom House, La Jolla

If you’re looking for a beach hike in San Diego, this is for you! It’s a short, paved path and it’s dog friendly at certain hours.

Keep in mind that street parking is limited to 2 hours during the day. As of Tuesday, June 2 sunbathing and sitting on the beach is allowed again! So pack a picnic to enjoy at the end of this beach hike.

Other Open Hiking Trails

  1. Potato Chip Rock
  2. NEW- Stonewall Peak
  3. Three sisters Falls
  4. Tecolote Canyon
  5. Ho Chi Minh
  6. Daley Ranch
  7. Cuyamaca Lake
  8. Santa Ysabel West Preserve
  9. Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve
  10. Eagle Rock
  11. El Cajon Mountain
  12. Elfin Forest- reopened 6/15

Is Torrey Pines Reserve Open for Hiking?

  1. YES!!

Torrey Pines Reserve has re-opened for hiking. My favorite trail at Torrey Pines is called Beach Trail. At low tide, you get to hike right to the beach! Both parking lots and the restrooms are open. Keep in mind there is a fee to park in the lots and Torrey Pines is not dog friendly.

Check out their site for more info

What’s Hiking Trails are Closed?

  1. Annie’s Canyon in north county is still closed.
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