Best mountains in San Diego

Check out the top mountains in San Diego, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Mission Trails Regional Park
1. Mission Trails Regional Park
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29 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
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David
So many hiking trails, peaks to summit, rock climbing, and mountain biking...
John
Great hiking in a huge open space park. Includes Cowles Mountain, highest point in city limits and a number of…
Dan&Annie
It is the sixth-largest municipally owned park in the United States, and the largest in California. Enjoy rock…
1. Mission Trails Regional Park
1. Mission Trails Regional Park
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29 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
+1 619-668-3281
David
David
So many hiking trails, peaks to summit, rock climbing, and mountain biking...
John
John
Great hiking in a huge open space park. Includes Cowles Mountain, highest point in city limits and a number of other peaks to enjoy.
Dan&Annie
Dan&Annie
It is the sixth-largest municipally owned park in the United States, and the largest in California. Enjoy rock climbing, hiking and mountain…
2. Cowles Mountain Trail
2. Cowles Mountain Trail
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Cowles Mountain Trail, San Diego
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Jomo & Meredith
Looking for a hike? Cowles Mountain is a prominent mountain located in the San Carlos neighborhood, within the…
Melinda
Cowles Mountain Trail is a 3 mile trail only a few miles drive away from our house. It is a moderately strenuo…
Jennifer
The scenic pathway up Cowles Mountain is one of the most popular trails in San Diego County. The trailhead sta…
2. Cowles Mountain Trail
2. Cowles Mountain Trail
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Cowles Mountain Trail, San Diego
Jomo & Meredith
Jomo & Meredith
Looking for a hike? Cowles Mountain is a prominent mountain located in the San Carlos neighborhood, within the City of San Diego, San Diego …
Melinda
Melinda
Cowles Mountain Trail is a 3 mile trail only a few miles drive away from our house. It is a moderately strenuous hike. The 1,593-foot summit…
Jennifer
Jennifer
The scenic pathway up Cowles Mountain is one of the most popular trails in San Diego County. The trailhead starts in the San Carlos neighbor…
3. Cowles Mountain
3. Cowles Mountain
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Cowles Mountain, San Diego
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Janan
This is a great hike only about a 10 minute drive from the Dome. It is about 1.5 miles up the mountain and the…
Rosa
Cowles Mountain Trail is a 3 mile trail only a few miles drive away from our house. It is a moderately strenuo…
Aleta/Shelley
Cowles Mountain is the highest point in the city of San Diego. On a clear day you can see Mexico, the Beach & …
3. Cowles Mountain
3. Cowles Mountain
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Cowles Mountain, San Diego
Janan
Janan
This is a great hike only about a 10 minute drive from the Dome. It is about 1.5 miles up the mountain and the views are spectacular once yo…
Rosa
Rosa
Cowles Mountain Trail is a 3 mile trail only a few miles drive away from our house. It is a moderately strenuous hike. The 1,593-foot summit…
Aleta/Shelley
Aleta/Shelley
Cowles Mountain is the highest point in the city of San Diego. On a clear day you can see Mexico, the Beach & all over in an incredible 360 …
4. Iron Mountain Trail Head
4. Iron Mountain Trail Head
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13 local reviews
14847-14909 California 67, Poway
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Andrew
Views on a clear day are beautiful. Ocean and Mountains are at your footstool. 3.5 one way. In summer, take lo…
Rob And Tam
Scale this tall mountain in San Diego County and this incredible view is all yours. You'll find the trailhead …
Connie
Iron Mountain is less steep than Mt Woodson, and has a continuously gradual ascent along a trail that is appro…
4. Iron Mountain Trail Head
4. Iron Mountain Trail Head
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13 local reviews
14847-14909 California 67, Poway
Andrew
Andrew
Views on a clear day are beautiful. Ocean and Mountains are at your footstool. 3.5 one way. In summer, take lots of water!!
Rob And Tam
Rob And Tam
Scale this tall mountain in San Diego County and this incredible view is all yours. You'll find the trailhead at Poway Road and Highway 67. …
Connie
Connie
Iron Mountain is less steep than Mt Woodson, and has a continuously gradual ascent along a trail that is appropriate for trail running in so…
5. Soledad Mountain
5. Soledad Mountain
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29 local reviews
Soledad Mountain, San Diego
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Kevin
Great Place to get a lay of the land! Views are stunning!! Just about a 360 view of San Diego. From the ocean …
Lynn & Paul
On your way to the San Diego loop a must see are the view from atop Soledad Mountain in La Jolla, From Mexicos…
Ellen
Mount Soledad is a prominent landmark in the city of San Diego. The mountaintop is the site of the Mount Soled…
5. Soledad Mountain
5. Soledad Mountain
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29 local reviews
Soledad Mountain, San Diego
Kevin
Kevin
Great Place to get a lay of the land! Views are stunning!! Just about a 360 view of San Diego. From the ocean to the mountains. On clear day…
Lynn & Paul
Lynn & Paul
On your way to the San Diego loop a must see are the view from atop Soledad Mountain in La Jolla, From Mexicos Coronado islands to Catalina …
Ellen
Ellen
Mount Soledad is a prominent landmark in the city of San Diego. The mountaintop is the site of the Mount Soledad cross, the subject of a 25-…
6. Mt. Helix Park
6. Mt. Helix Park
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21 local reviews
4905 Mount Helix Drive, La Mesa
Open · Closes 5:30 PM
+1 619-741-4363
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Jennifer
At roughly 1300 feet above sea level , Mt. Helix Park is recognized as one of San Diego County's most magnific…
Anjanette Elizabeth
Short drive for local mountain top view in all directions.
Brendan
Interesting history...wonderful views
6. Mt. Helix Park
6. Mt. Helix Park
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21 local reviews
4905 Mount Helix Drive, La Mesa
Open · Closes 5:30 PM
+1 619-741-4363
Jennifer
Jennifer
At roughly 1300 feet above sea level , Mt. Helix Park is recognized as one of San Diego County's most magnificent landmarks, where people co…
Anjanette Elizabeth
Anjanette Elizabeth
Short drive for local mountain top view in all directions.
Brendan
Brendan
Interesting history...wonderful views
7. Cabrillo National Monument
7. Cabrillo National Monument
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163 local reviews
Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
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Conor
Excellent view of all of San Diego and San Diego Bay - from the coast to the mountains. Whales can sometime…
Joanne
Great place to view all of San Diego from the Pacific Ocean to the Bay - down to TJ and off to the Mountains. …
Brook & Justin
Want to see spectacular views of San Diego, the San Diego Bay, downtown, the mountains to the east and the Pac…
7. Cabrillo National Monument
7. Cabrillo National Monument
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163 local reviews
Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
Conor
Conor
Excellent view of all of San Diego and San Diego Bay - from the coast to the mountains. Whales can sometimes (not often) be seen on the O…
Joanne
Joanne
Great place to view all of San Diego from the Pacific Ocean to the Bay - down to TJ and off to the Mountains. See all of downtown San Diego…
Brook & Justin
Brook & Justin
Want to see spectacular views of San Diego, the San Diego Bay, downtown, the mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean? Visit Cabrillo Na…