Hikers, be sure to check out Coast
to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide
to San Diego Outdoors, the ultimate
handbook for 250 hiking spots
in the region. Curated by local
naturalists, this guide encourages
hikers to veer off the beaten path
and soak up the sights, sounds,
smells and feels of the natural
splendor that surrounds them.
CEDAR CREEK FALLS
This scenic spot in Cleveland National Forest is well worth the
challenging 6-mile hike. Prepare to be amazed as a dazzling
waterfall plunges 80 feet into the Devil’s Punchbowl below. A
visitor permit is required, so visit recreation.gov beforehand to
LA JOLLA COVE AND
LA JOLLA UNDERWATER PARK
This curious cove is home to seven sea caves that can be explored
via kayaking, scuba diving or snorkeling. Look for seals, sea lions,
leopard sharks and brightly colored fish while navigating the
tidelands, reefs, canyons and kelp forests of the first underwater
ecological reserve on the West Coast.
SAN ELIJO LAGOON ECOLOGICAL RESERVE
More than 1,000 species of flora and fauna call these 721 acres of
coastal wetlands home, including bird-watching favorites like
great blue herons, snowy egrets and red-tailed hawks. Let naturalists guide you through the reserve on a Lagoon Discovery Tour
on the first and last Saturdays of the month.
SUNSET CLIFFS NATURAL PARK
This stunning Point Loma shoreline is a favorite perch for dramatic sunsets and panoramic views of the sandstone cliffs, caves,
arches and tide pools. Look for migrating gray whales from
December through March.
Potato Chip Rock
No trip to San Diego is complete without a pic-
ture atop Potato Chip Rock. This narrow strip of
stone jutting out from the peak of Mount Wood-
son is an Instagram favorite. You’ll have to work
for that pic, though. The landmark is accessible
only by way of a steep, difficult 8-mile trail.