There is almost too much to offer in a San Diego outdoor guide. The city is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. The weather is fantabulous, which means you can enjoy the ocean, lakes, beaches, deserts, mountains, crags and hundreds of miles of trains year round.

The west side of San Diego fronts the Pacific Ocean and all that that means. Hiking along the coast, lagoons and ocean-facing parks. Surfing at world-famous breaks like Blacks Beach and Swami’s, and kayaking, SUPing and SCUBA diving along the coastline. If you yearn for the skies, Torrey Pines Gliderport is one of the preeminent paragliding destinations in the country.  Inland from the coast offers numerous open spaces and parks, including Mission Trails, Black Mountain Open Space park, and many others. Climbers get gripped at Mission Trails, Valley of the Moon, Corte Madera Mountain the cities many climbing gyms and the many boulders strewn all around the landscape. Idyllwild to the northeast offers both classic climbing areas and a growing mountain bike and hiking trail network.

To the east of the city, the Laguna Mountains, Cuyamaca Mountains and San Jacinto Mountains loom large, offering low alpine adventures around places like Julian, Mt. San Jacinto, Mt. Laguna and Palomar Mountains. Further west, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park presents a remarkable desert adventure park for hiking, mountain biking, off-roading and camping. No San Diego outdoor guide would be complete without mentioning the wonders further afield: Mexico beckons from the south, Joshua Tree and the Mojave desert further east, and the San Bernardino Mountains and Southern Sierras to the north. Suffice it to say, the intrepid outdoor adventurer will never get board living in this city.

Size: 372 square miles

Average Precipitation: 10.4 inches

Average Temperature: 57° Fahrenheit

Annual High Temperature: 90° Fahrenheit

Annual Low Temperature: 49° Fahrenheit

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Information Number: 760-765-3020


Coordinates: 32.728260,-117.129361





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Video: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve View