Chris Murillo's Top Five Trails
1. Potato Chip Rock
This Trail is the most intense on my list which is locate in Poway just twenty-five minutes north of downtown San Diego. I picked this as my top 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 that everyone takes a picture with that looks like a potato! I do want to warn you though; this hike is roughly 7.5 miles up and down the mountain. I highly recommend bringing water with you! Lastly, expect to wait for quite some time to take a picture with the infamous potato chip rock!
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 sound 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 overlooking the coastal line. I do suggest to walk this trail when the sunsets because you will be truly amazed by the view you will see!
3. Balboa Park
This trail is easily accessible and is only about 1.5 miles away from the hotel! What I love about Balboa Park is that this park has over 19 trails ranging from 1 mile to 5 miles long. Rather you want to have a small or long run this park has many options for you to choose from. I love this park cause it lets you see wildlife while still being near downtown San Diego. The park also features 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. The trail is about 15 miles north of San Diego located in the scenic coastline city of La Jolla. The path is about 2.3 miles long overlooking the ocean. What I love about this trail his that there wildlife everyone corner you look, from the animals to the plants. I do suggest to be 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 and Mission Trails is just about 13 miles northeast of San Diego. Cowles Mountain is about 3 miles up and back down with wildlife all around you. 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 and coastal line. This is a very popular trail that many San Diegans love to take! Mission trails is just off the side of the mountain and is a peaceful 2.3 mile loop. There are many wildflowers throughout the trail and even a waterfall!