San Diego: outdoorsy edition
May 15, 2011 11:48 AM   Subscribe

In San Diego for the week. Where can I find outdoorsy stuff to do?

I'm on vacation from the east coast and would like to spend my days outside. Any suggestions?

Some additional info:
- budget is flexible. I'd pay up to $100 bucks for something I can only do in SD
- I'm a big fan of running/hiking
- bonus points if I can meet new people
- kayaking, camping, outdoor festival suggestions would be awesome
- we have a car and are staying downtown

posted by Blandanomics to Travel & Transportation around San Diego, CA (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For hiking, Iron Mountain: route1, route 2
posted by rhizome at 11:51 AM on May 15, 2011

Surf lesson.
posted by nathancaswell at 11:52 AM on May 15, 2011

Balboa Park is a wonderful place to walk around and see both indoor and outdoor sights, and here's a daily calendar of events. The park is large and varied enough that you could spend a whole day there: hiking trails, botanical gardens, the zoo, etc.

Also, I am a fan of the Silver Strand between Coronado and Imperial Beach. It's a bike and pedestrian path along the beach, with nice views of San Diego as well as the ocean.
posted by illenion at 12:38 PM on May 15, 2011

How about something like this kayak tour? I haven't gone kayaking, but I enjoyed snorkeling.
posted by studioaudience at 1:38 PM on May 15, 2011

I like Torrey Pines State Preserve. It is a pretty tame trail but I like the mix of the hills and varied plantlife and always having the ocean right there.

Inland there's also the Mission Trails Regional Park. Great mix of trails to run/hike on. Can get a little warm in the afternoon.

This week looks like it will be typical May Gray weather with a marine layer that should burn off by noon and cool at the coast. Inland it should be warmer and sunnier.
posted by birdherder at 1:39 PM on May 15, 2011

La Jolla Kayak

I also liked renting bikes and riding up and down the beach near Pacific Beach.
posted by brynna at 2:13 PM on May 15, 2011

Florida Canyon is great for feeling outdoorsy within the city. Easy hikes, but pretty this time of year. Seconding Torrey Pines. Also Julian, up in the mountains away from the city.
posted by thisness at 5:12 PM on May 15, 2011

Seconding Torrey Pines, I have heard it described as California's most beautiful beach.
posted by Duffington at 6:18 PM on May 15, 2011

Kayaking around the caves at La Jolla Cove has been on my to-do list for years, as has snorkeling with the leopard sharks. May is still a bit early for mating season, but they're here year round, so you'll probably still see a bunch. While you're in the area, you can also check out the seals at the Children's Pool.

Nth-ing Torrey Pines. There's actually great hiking all over the county, but that's probably the best combination of scenery and accessibility for you. If you've got a free day and the energy, Three Sisters is an awesome hike out by Julian. It's fairly strenuous though -- good shoes and lots of water are musts. It should be a nice time of year for it though. Then, on your way back, you can stop in Julian and get delicious pie. Cedar Creek Falls is another option -- the trail is less treacherous but just as dangerous (or maybe more so) dehydration-wise. Both reward you with swimming holes at the end. Please just be smart -- I've seen people do stupid things at both places. Waterfalls are NOT water slides, and there are sharp rocks at the bottoms of the pools that will cut you up when you jump off giant boulders.

If you're interested, there's a pretty nice disc golf course at Morley Field. Also, if you're still here on Saturday, we're having a meetup in North County. We're bowling though, so decidedly not outdoors.
posted by natabat at 9:33 AM on May 16, 2011

Response by poster: As an update: I completed the silver strand bike route yesterday and it was awesome. I can't wait to try all these other suggestions.
posted by Blandanomics at 10:04 AM on May 16, 2011

Mt. Woodson hike is challenging and super scenic.

Bring sunscreen...
posted by BobbyDee at 11:58 AM on August 12, 2011

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