Chris Murillo's Top Five Trails
1. Potato Chip Rock
This Trail is the most intense on my list, which is located in Poway just twenty-five minutes north of downtown San Diego. I picked this as my top trail because when you reach the top of the mountain you are amazed by the beautiful scenery that San Diego has to offer. In addition, there is a rock shaped like a potato chip that everyone likes to takes a picture with! I do want to warn you though; this hike is roughly 7.5 miles up and down the mountain. I highly recommend bringing plenty of water with you. Lastly, expect to wait for quite some time to take a picture with the infamous potato chip rock, but it's worth it!
2. Sunset Cliffs
I love this trail because of the beautiful sunset overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This trail is one of my favorites due to the fact of how peaceful the sounds of the waves are when they splash on the shore. Sunset cliffs is located in Point Loma which only 10 minutes from downtown. The trail is only about 2 miles long and is overlooking the coastal line. I do suggest walking this trail during the sunset because you will truly be amazed by the view you will see!
3. Balboa Park
This trails at Balboa Park are easily accessible and only about 1.5 miles away from the hotel. What I love about Balboa Park is that it has over 19 trails ranging from 1 mile to 6.5 miles long. Whether you wanted to have a short or long run, this park has many options for you to choose from. I love this park because it lets you experience San Diego's wildnerness terrain while still being near downtown. Balboa Park is also home to museums and the San Diego Zoo which recently was voted as the number 1 Zoo in the world by TripAdvisor!
4. Torrey Pines
This trail is another great one to do if you want to be near the coastline. Torrey Pines is about 15 miles north of San Diego and is located in the scenic coastline city of La Jolla. The path is about 2.3 miles long overlooking the ocean. I do suggest being very careful since the path is near the cliff side. The view is phenomenal and will leave you breathless!
5. Cowles Mountain/Mission Trails
Cowles Mountain at Mission Trails is just about 13 miles northeast of San Diego. Cowles Mountain is about a 3 mile hike up and down. What I love about this trail is that when you make it to the top of the Mountain you are able to see all of San Diego! This is a very popular trail that many San Diegans love to take. It will have you feeling like you are on top of the world.