Fitness: Hiking in San Diego
ViX designer Paula Hermanny loves to stay active, especially when she can spend some time in the great outdoors. While we frequently catch her in the ocean channeling her inner mermaid, Paula also loves a good hike surrounded by the beauty of nature. Pictured below is Paula is on a hike with her daughter, Sofia.
Hiking is a wonderful way to vary fitness routines. It is a creative approach to both work out and get out! Explore the city you live in, you’ll be surprised at what is right outside your door. Below, we share some of our top picks for hiking in our home away from home, San Diego:
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
A popular park and hiking trail among locals, Torrey Pines has the benefit of both land and sea. Against the gorgeous backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, this moderate hike offers views of the beach and guided nature walks. Aspiring botanists can learn about plant species like the Torrey pine, a native tree rare to the United States. Afterwards, a cool wade at the seashore is only steps away from the trail.
With its base at Lake Poway, the Mount Woodson trail turns into a steep hike up a rocky mountain, offering sweeping views of North County. The hikers reward for the uphill climb is the famed “Potato Chip Rock,” which makes for a great photo op. Also, try visiting at night to catch some of the best stargazing in San Diego--you might even luck out with meteor showers!
Three Sisters Falls
Situated in Julian, this is one of the most strenuous hikes in San Diego and best suited for experienced hikers. Once through the steep slopes and slippery rocks, hikers will be greeted with a triplet of waterfalls known as the “Three Sisters.” The middle waterfall is a nature-made water slide that sweeps the brave and daring over smooth bedrock and straight into a pool!