Hiking with the Kids

The rock was fun to climb on and the view can't be beat!

Recently our friends from St. Louis came for a visit. One of our favorite stops when we have guests in town is Torrey Pines State Reserve.  The views are amazing and the trails are easy enough to navigate for a six year old.  We drove to the top and chose one of the trails that guide you down to the beach. The kids were all super excited to explore and find the next rock or hill to climb up to get a better view. Along our trail the kids came across a cute little cave to explore. 

What kid doesn't like a cave?

The kids all had a blast.  Once we reached the beach area, the kids could dip their feet in and cool off before the hard part – going back up. 

Look closely, in the distance there is a man on the rock who was diving into the water. Do not try this at home.

 I wasn’t sure how they would do given we hiked on what ended up being a warm day (for San Diego).  They did great! They had a lot of fun racing each other to the top.  Parents be warned; there are a lot of trails at Torrey Pines, and it was very easy for them to get off track; so keep them close.

See most them were still smiling on the way up!

San Diego has trails throughout the county for all fitness and experience levels.  For a complete guide to hiking in San Diego and tips to enjoying your day, read our guide.

Happy hiking!

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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5 thoughts on “Hiking with the Kids

  1. We were in SD a couple of years back and we took the opportunity to hike all over the place, including the island and Torrey Pines. We had a ball. The only drawback was that there were just too many people but hey…it IS California, right? 🙂

  2. The great hiking in San Diego is often overlooked by tourists, but generally the locals are in the know. There are plenty of places to go backpacking, hiking, and camping around San Diego. And it’s super easy to plan one of this big outdoor adventures!

  3. I love the rock formations, it looks so aesthetically pleasing. I’ve been meaning to do more outdoorsy activities, and hiking near a beach area might be a great trip for me and my friends.

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