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San Diego Backpacking

  • convenient & close to San Diego & Los Angeles
  • drive to your trail head in a short amount of time
  • open ground fires are usually not allowed (unless low fire danger is in force)
  • fire permits are required
  • permits are required for overnight back country camping
  • check with the correct ranger district for all back country camping restrictions
  • see Wilderness List at bottom

Cleveland National Forest Ranger Stations:
Forest Headquarters
San Diego CA
Descanso District
Alpine CA
Palomar District
Ramona CA
Trabuco District
Corona CA
Cleveland National Forest
government web site

PCT trail San Diego

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Wilderness Area Maps
San Mateo Cyn
Agua Tibia
Hauser Wilderness
Pine Creek Maps

For specific hiking & backpacking regions, check out the Wilderness section below

San Diego Snow

San Diego Back Roads

Laguna Mountain Area (off Sunrise Hwy. S-1)

  • Pine Creek Rd. - with plenty of mountain biking trail
  • Kitchen Creek Rd. - nice loop back to Interstate 8

Anza Borrego Desert Area (off County Road S-2)

  • Oriflamme Canyon Rd. - desert to mountains route, near Banner

Interstate 8 Area (exit off @ Boulevard CA)

  • McCain Valley Rd - Larkin Campground & OHV trails
  • Kitchen Creek Rd. - nice loop back to top of mountains
  • La Posta Rd. # 15S05 - nice loop back to top of mountains

Palomar Mountain Area (off Hwy 76)

  • Nate Harrison Grade Rd - from Palomar SP to citrus orchards
  • Indian Flats Rd. # 9S05 - small oak campground

Orange County Area (off Hwy 74)

  • Killen Trail - out to Wildomar OHV Campground

PCT maps

San Diego Maps Topo

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San Diego Back Roads Map

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San Diego Wilderness Areas

  • Agua Tibia Wilderness Area - Hikes & Maps
  • Hauser Wilderness Area - Hikes & Maps
  • Pine Creek Wilderness Area - Hikes & Maps
  • San Mateo Canyon Wilderness - Hikes & Maps

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