Best Scenic Spots to Run in San Diego

Best Scenic Spots to Run in San Diego

From the beaches to the city-scape, San Diego is full of great scenic places to run. With amazing weather all-year-round, who wouldn’t want to run? These are our top spots to enjoy runs!


  1. Ellie Lane

This trail near Iron Mountain is less traveled and can offer a nice challenging run. The trail winds up and down tricky paths and then eventually meets up with the main trail of Iron Mountain.


2. Torrey Pines

One of San Diego’s most popular trails. Offering desert terrain, ocean views and coastal weather, Torrey Pines is a runner’s dream. Either run on the hiking trails or along the sandy beach and still take in some amazing views. This is a great way to get into nature while also getting a nice workout in! 


3. Fiesta Island

This man-made island offers a four-mile loop run that is relatively flat! It's a great way to get a workout in since it's around a 4 mile loop run! Offering ocean and city views so it’s a perfect run to enjoy the sunrise or sunset! 


4. Balboa Park Trails

A San Diego landmark! This 1,200-acre park includes on- and off-road trails that are perfect for running! Take in the views of downtown San Diego and Balboa Park’s gorgeous architecture of buildings and bridges. 


5. Embarcadero

Want a mix of coastal views and city life? The Embarcadero is a great spot to get a sense of both. This run is perfect for seeing multiple historic and tourist attractions of San Diego because you can either run along the harbor, pass the convention center (where Comic Con San Diego takes place), view the waterfront, see Seaport Village or explore the Embarcadero! 


6. Mission Trails Regional Park

This park offers 40 miles of trails that go along two lakes, the Old Mission Dam, the San Diego River, or the equestrian staging center! Although it can be heavily trafficked, it is still an amazing spot to get some exercise! 


7. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

This trail is a local spot where the trail traffic tends to be light. It’s more of a nature hiking trail than a scenic route, offering a pleasant and peaceful run. At the top of the trail there is a watershed with a great view and something to look forward to seeing on your run! 


8. Eagle Rock

Sounds just like it’s name, a formation of boulders that look just like an eagle! This trail follows along the Pacific Crest Trail and offers some nice shade from the overhanging oak trees in the first few miles. It then opens up to wide grasslands. 

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