Happy New Year, now go take a hike! Seriously, kick off 2018 outdoors at one of San Diego, California’s gorgeous hiking trails. Hikers of all skill levels and abilities are sure to find a trail that is both challenging and rewarding. All of the hikes listed below are between a 10-30 minute drive from the Town and Country Hotel. So grab your hiking boots and trail mix and start exploring!
Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate
If you want to experience one of California’s most breathtaking coastal hikes, look no further than Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The 2,000-acre reserve is appropriately named after the Torrey pine woodland, the rarest pine in North America. So rare in fact, that the reserve is the only place in the world that Torrey pines still grow. The park offers 6 unique trails and beautiful viewpoints overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Los Peñasquitos Lagoon. Grab your camera and start exploring the trails at Torrey Pines.
Mission Trails Regional Park
Difficulty Leven: Easy – Difficult
Mission Trails Regional Park includes 7,220 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas. Its central location makes it the ideal spot for hikers to escape the city to take solace in nature. With over 60 miles of trails, visitor centers, and boating at Lake Murray, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Five Peak Challenge
Difficulty Level: Difficult
For the more seasoned hiker, Mission Trails Park offers the Five-Peak Challenge. In no particular order and operating on your own time frame, hikers must complete the challenge by hiking to the summit of five peaks – Cowles Mountain, Pyles Peak, Qwaay Paay, South Fortuna, North Fortuna. After you have completed the challenge you will be awarded with a certificate of completion, a logo pin and a unique perspective of San Diego.
Difficulty level: Challenging – Difficult
Iron Mountain is a favorite destination among humans and dogs alike. Yes, this 5.3 mile hike is dog friendly, perfectly complimenting the San Diego escape, Town and Country Hotel, so you don’t have to leave your furry friend behind. However, be forewarned this trail takes you up 1,000 ft. in elevation at the mountain’s peak. If you and your pup are up for the challenge, the panoramic view from the top is well worth the climb. Add this hike to your to do list and feel like a giant when you get to the top!
Difficulty level: Easy
Sunset Cliffs is the perfect spot to take that special someone. This short trail weaves along the cliffs and overlooks a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. If you are looking for an easy hike to squeeze into your day, Sunset Cliffs is the perfect choice.
Cabrillo National Monument
Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate
There is no shortage of gorgeous views at this seaside national park. Cabrillo National Monument offers San Diego natives and visitors two trails, the Bayside Trail and the Coastal Tidepool Trail. The two-mile Bayside Trail is on the east side of the monument and showcases picture-worthy views of the San Diego Bay and downtown skyline. The Coastal Tidepool Trail leads visitors to numerous tidepools filled with oceanic wildlife. Keep an eye out on the horizon for a unique whale watching experience! From December through February, it is common to spot the annual migration of the Pacific Gray Whale. After your hiking adventures, stop by the museum and historic Point Loma Lighthouse to learn more about the 19th century exploration and military history at Cabrillo. After your hiking adventures, stop by the museum and historic Point Loma Lighthouse to learn more about the 19th century exploration and military history at Cabrillo.
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