Canyoneer Hikes

Take a hike. Because nature is the best medicine.

Our Canyoneers take getting outside seriously. For 47 years, these volunteer naturalists have offered free, guided hikes throughout the county. While current restrictions on group gatherings are precluding the Canyoneers from leading in-person hikes, they will share a curated list of their favorite trails each season so people can explore them on their own or with families. From paved walking paths to adrenalin-inducing climbs with epic views, the trail systems of southern California will not disappoint. Learn how to be prepared and hike responsibly.



Ten Great Hikes for Spring

Posted: March 14, 2021

Colors bloom and wildlife sings for spring across San Diego County. Our Canyoneers recommend their favorite trails for this warming season, when there are plenty of opportunities to stop and smell the wildflowers. Read more.


Ten Great Hikes for Winter

Posted: December 16, 2020

From open grasslands, desert views, urban terrains, and flowing rivers, there is plenty to enjoy on brisk winter hikes in San Diego—even without snow. Our Canyoneers recommend San Diego's top trails for winter, where you can find spectacular views, overwintering birds, and more as you stay socially distanced but get up close with nature.  Read more.


Ten Great Hikes for Fall

Posted: September 2, 2020

This fall, scout out some new trails with help from the Canyoneers. Whether you’re looking for a seaside stroll, a nice hike on rolling hillsides, or a tough climb to a peak with a view, there’s a trail for you. Our Canyoneers recommend the top trails where you can stay cool, and stay distanced. Read more.


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Hike responsibly

The key to a successful and memorable hike is preparation as well as following rules of courtesy and safety--especially important during a pandemic. More.

Subaru loves our Canyoneers

We’re hitting the road—and the trails—with support from Subaru of America, a proud partner of the Canyoneers program. Keep your eyes peeled for our Subaru Outback, which is used by our researchers, educators, and Canyoneers. You might even see it at the trailhead.

Meet the Canyoneers

One of the few trail-guide groups nationwide affiliated with a natural history museum rather than a park or reserve, Canyoneers have provided free guided tours in San Diego County since 1973. More.

Trail guide now available

Check out the new trail guide written by the Canyoneers. It details more than 250 trails in the region and highlights our local habitats. More.

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