The Best Running Trails in San Diego

Trail Running in San Diego provides a map that shows all of the greatest running trails in San Diego. It can be found at here. On the right side of the map, a list of trails is given in alphabetical order, along with the name and length of the trail. Click on each to find out more. Below, a few have been pre-highlighted just for you. These are all good training runs for our fall Temecula Half Marathon & 5K which is run partially on dirt roads and the rest on paved roads. Trails can be much easier on your joints over time. Human feet were made to run and walk on changing and challenging surfaces! Find out more about the pros and cons of road running and trail running here. Also check out this list of 10 Best Running Trails in San Diego

Running for long distance and enjoy scenery? Carrizo Badlands is the place to go. This 16.5 mile trail loops through the Carrizo Badlands of southern Anza-Borrego Desert in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is full of bizarre terrain, including clay stones, mudstones, sandstones, and of course smooth roads of packed sand. The endless variations of clay hills, mud caves, small arches, receding cliffs, and much more will give you quite the visual experience as you run along this beautiful route.

Running for shorter distance, faster speed? Chollas Lake Park is a peaceful patch of inner-city open space. The trail is two miles long. While you can create your own route, there is a pre-created two-miler outlined on

Enjoy a run through the mountains? Fortuna Mountain is the place for you. This northern summit in San Diego’s Mission Trails Regional Park is 6.5 miles long. It is a looping route up and over the Fortuna summit; the route shown on is one of many routes on Mission Trails Regional Park’s trail system.

Prefer running near water? La Jolla Shores/Torrey Pines is the place for you. San Diego’s wildest stretch of beach lies just below the cliffs that stretch from La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines State Reserve. On, it is suggested that runners choose times near low tide to take advantage of the mostly smooth, wet and packed bed of sand. This is a favorite for beach-goers, and anyone who enjoys that waterside breeze and sand under their feet.

Please head over to check here for a full list of well over 50 major running trails, and a detailed map, outline, and description of each. You are sure to find the perfect trail to meet your needs and continue to train for the your next Sandy Feet Event!

By: Brittney Schering


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