5 Scenic Hikes in North County San Diego

A vacation to San Diego offers endless possibilities for travelers- not only are there endless things to do within the city, there are also a wealth of charming beach towns to explore nearby. The coastal communities in North County are centrally located to major attractions while simultaneously having access to the great outdoors. The hikes in North County San Diego include incredible views of the surrounding valleys, lagoons, wildlife, coastal wetlands, sandstone cliffs, and canyons.

Stay with us at Beachfront Only Oceanside Vacation Rentals and access the trails by our properties in Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Oceanside. Hit the trails and explore five of our favorite scenic hikes in North County!

1. Lake Calaveras Hiking Trail in Carlsbad

This hiking trail is located within the Calavera Nature Preserve, known for wetlands and various migratory birds. Besides being an important wetland site, Mount Calavera was once an active volcano! We recommend stopping to read the informative signs along the trail to learn more about this fascinating nature preserve.

2. Batiquitos Lagoon Trail in Carlsbad

Batiquitos Lagoon offers an easy 1.6-mile hiking trail in Carlsbad. The 600-acre reserve offers preserved wetlands for birds, insects, plants, fish, and animals. Keep an eye out for great egrets, great blue herons, hawks, and osprey during your hike in North County, San Diego.

3. Rancho Carrillo Trail in Carlsbad

If you are looking for a family-friendly hike that is flat and easy, then the Rancho Carrillo Trail is for you. The trail is located within a historic ranch and includes varying ecology from woodlands to a freshwater marsh.

4. Annie’s Canyon Trail in Solana Beach

Annie’s Canyon trail offers a unique hiking option for your San Diego vacation. Adventurers up for a challenge can hike through a sandstone canyon that narrows during the hike. The end of the trail reveals picturesque views of the canyon, San Elijo Lagoon, and the Pacific Ocean. 

5. Manchester Preserve Hiking Trail in Encinitas

Manchester Preserve offers a scenic and quiet location for hiking in Encinitas. The most popular route is the loop that includes the Sage, Powerline, and Gnatcatcher trails. Take in views of the surrounding cliffs, hills, and plants and experience the great outdoors together on the trails!

The Best Hikes in North County San Diego

Experience nature during your California getaway with the scenic hikes in North County San Diego. Then return to your oceanfront rentals with Beachfront Only and end the day at the beach. Our beautiful rentals in North County offer direct access to the beach for endless fun and relaxation in the sun. Discover our rental properties in Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Encinitas. Discover everything the San Diego area offers during your next getaway in the Golden City!