San Diegans love nature. What better way to explore the beauty of South County than hiking or biking one of the many trail systems close to Escaya. From the Pacific Crest Trail to the nearby Otay Valley Regional Park, South County has an abundance of choice when it comes to leading a healthy and active life. Let us share with you some of the best trails for hiking and biking in South County.
The Otay Valley Regional Park offers 200-acres of trails and open space for biking, hiking, bird watching and camping. Linking San Diego Bay with Otay Ranch, San Miguel and the Jamul Mountains, this multi-use park is accessible via seven staging areas across the 11 miles of parklands. Fun fact: down the line, Escaya’s neighborhood park will have a nature trail that connects to this network of trails, bringing encounters with nature closer than ever before.
The Bayshore Bikeway is one of the best coastal rail-trails in the state, with 24 miles of smoothly concreted paths that run from Coronado to National City, perfect for a weekend bike ride, walk or skate. As you take in the picturesque views of the Pacific and the skyline of Downtown San Diego, your palm tree-lined path passes historic landmarks, such as the Hotel Del Coronado, famous as the location for the Marilyn Monroe film “Some like it hot”. With easy access to parks and trendy cafes, the Bayshore Bikeway ends at Main Street in Chula Vista, a charming street to stroll and stop into one of the restaurants for lunch.
San Dieguito River Park Coast-to-Crest Trail
The Coast-to-Crest trail is one of the best regional trail systems, extending from Del Mar to the San Dieguito River’s source on Volcan Mountain, slightly north of Julian. The more than 50 miles of public use trails are free of charge and open to all levels of hiking, biking and walking. There are a number of smaller hikes you can do if you’re short on time and the park also offers other activities, such as bird watching tours, so check the park’s calendar for more information.
California Coastal Trail
This wild and urban trail is a hiker’s dream. The CCT is a network of public trails that occupy more than 1200-miles of the Californian coastline. When complete, it will run from Mexico in the South, to Oregon in the North. The South County portion of the trail takes in the Border Field State park and Tijuana, winding its way up into Downtown San Diego via the Coronado peninsula and northwards onto La Jolla.
To find out more information on the fantastic trails and bikeways in South SD, visit www. http://traillink.com/.