San Diego Hiking Resources


Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors by The Canyoneers of the San Diego Natural History Museum
Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors is much more than a hiking guide. It is a field guide too. Written by citizen scientists trained by the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers, it is the new bible for really getting to know and appreciate the county’s biodiversity while exploring firsthand. The guide has 245 hikes and an additional 73 hike options making 318 exploring opportunities. Each hike has its own map and symbols indicating the habits found on a trail, a full hike description with mileage, elevation gain/loss, difficulty rating, directions to the trail-head with GPS, trail use, and special features of a hike. There are 525 species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that are described in detail. Each hike has a focus on a species or natural/cultural history feature associated with that hike. This book is a learning tool designed to teach the reader what is special about San Diego outdoors. This book is published in cooperation with California State Parks, San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation, Mission Trails Regional Park (City of San Diego), San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, and The San Diego River Foundation. This book is like having a Virtual Canyoneer on the hike with you – a trained San Diego Natural History Museum naturalist with you who will teach you what is special about each trail. Purchase of this book supports the mission and programs of the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Afoot and Afield in San Diego CountyAfoot and Afield: San Diego County: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide by Jerry Schad
The Los Angeles Times has hailed Southern California’ hiking guru Jerry Schad’s Afoot & Afield San Diego County as “the bible of San Diego hiking.” Encompassing the county from Sunset Cliff Park and the Bayside Trail at Point Loma to Fonts Point in the Borrego Badlands, this hiking guide is the “must-have” to explore San Diego’s diverse outdoors. The book covers all the worthwhile hiking destinations throughout the county – including the coast, foothills, mountains, and desert – in trips ranging from the short family excursions to multi-day backpacks. This long-awaited fourth edition of San Diego County’s most recognized and comprehensive hiking guide has been fully updated and expanded to cover 250 hikes. All new maps.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Diego by Sheri McGregor

The natural open spaces in and around San Diego are a prized natural resource for area hikers, and author Sheri McGregor shows you where and how to enjoy 60 of the best trails that the city of San Diego, nearby state parks, and private ventures have to offer. Bounded by San Diego Bay and the Pacific coastline to the west, the Santa Rosa Mountains to the east, Mexico to the south, and the lower reaches of the Los Angeles metro area to the north, the 60-mile radius beyond San Diego creates a small, but rich wedge of scenic, natural wealth. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a casual day-hiker, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Diego is the perfect tool to explore it all.

Leave Only Paw Prints

Leave Only Paw Prints: Dog Hikes in San Diego County by Donna Lawrence

San Diego County is full of great places for you and your dog to appreciate the fabulous scenery and famous climate, from dog beaches to desert hikes. Now local journalist Donna Lawrence has gathered the 77 best places to hike with your canine companion into one book. With dozens of trips easy to difficult, short and long the book is sure to provide inspiration for planning fun day trips for years to come.


Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Trail MapCuyamaca Rancho State Park Trail Map

Shaded Relief Topo Map. Covers Cuyamaca Peak-Green Valley, Stonewall Peak- Lake Cuyamaca, Sweetwater River-Paso Picacho. Scale:1:31,680 (2 inches = 1 mile) Printed on waterproof and tear resistant material.


Anza-Borrego Desert Region mapMAP Anza-Borrego Desert Region

This full-color recreation map has been completely updated to reflect new and expanded state park and national forest boundaries in the Anza-Borrego and Yuha desert regions. Shows roads, jeep routes, trails, campsites, historical routes, points of interest, streams, springs, and highway mileage markers.

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