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Beat the Crowds And Enjoy the Mild San Diego Weather with a Family Friendly Urban Holiday Hike this Weekend

J. Maginot

San Diego is Poised to be One of the Only Regions on the Continent That Isn't Above 100 Degrees or Underwater This 4th of July Weekend.
Cabrillo Bridge Along the 7 Bridge Hike@rockitfishray via Twenty20

San Diego is known for it's perfect weather. This first 4th of July weekend after the COVID-19 induced shut down San Diego's perfect weather will be on full display.

While the rest of the country is experiencing historic high temperatures due to the high pressure dome in the Northwest, or is literally underwater due to monsoonal flooding, San Diego is forecast to be in the mid 70s.
San Diego's Perfect Holiday

This means the beaches and costal areas are expected to be packed. While the State of California has comfortably reached the 70% vaccination goal, not everyone is excited for larger than ever crowds looking to release two years of pent up holiday energy.

Why not get outside with an easy, and comparatively deserted, holiday hike? Here are some of the mild hikes that are family and dog friendly that should pair nicely with the holiday weather.

Seven Bridge Walk
4th Ave Bridge@photog12345 via Twenty20

Length: 6 miles

San Diego is full of open spaces and canyons that disect the various villages that make up the city. As result, San Diego is also home to several stunning bridges that enjoy some varying degrees of local fame.
Thorn Street Suspension Bridge@doodiebearz via Twenty20

The most famous of which is Cabrillo Bridge which connects Balboa Park to Banker's Hill over the 163 Freeway. This will also, be the busiest portion of the hike, so be prepared.

The view to the south is a stunning view of Downtown just north of the flightline into San Diego International Airport. Which also happens to be the busiest single runway airport in the world, so expect to watch dozens of planes land during your hike.

It is too detailed a map for this format. For more information and a detailed map, visit the 7 Bridges Hike Site.

Sunset Cliffs / Point Loma Coastal Trail
Point Loma Tidepools@TonyTheTigersSon via Twenty20

Length: 2 miles

If you're prepared to get up early enough to find parking, the 2 mile Sunset Cliffs trail in Point Loma can be quite the experience.
Sunset Cliffs is Flanked North and South by Tide PooklsGoogle Maps

Sunset Cliffs features several natural formations that jut out into the ocean to form natural bridges and caves. Continue South along Sunset Cliffs toward the lighthouse to get to the Point Loma Coastal Trail.

Check the tide table ahead of time and give yourself plenty of time to find parking. Parking in Ocean Beach itself should prove impossible, but if you time it right, you'll be treated to a morning that ends up at the natural tide pools on the point.

Balboa Park Loop
Balboa Park Trail LoopGoogle Maps

Length: 4.5 miles

Balboa Park is one of the largest urban municipal parks in the country and is has beautiful views of Downtown San Diego from various locations. The Balboa Park loop trail avoids the Prado and core of the park left over from the Panama Exposition in 1915. As such, it should be fairly empty over the holiday.

The hike itself is mostly flat except for the climb out of Florida Canyon at 26th street. You might notice that 26th is flanked by the golf course on one side and a grove of oak trees on the other. Oak aren't common for San Diego or Balboa Park and are actually a memorial for sailors from the USS Benington whose boiler exploded in San Diego harbor in 1905.

A fitting hike for the 4th of July indeed.
Downtown San Diego at Sunset from Golden Hill ParkJim Van Matre

Once at the top of 26th, stop in at Golden Hill Park to the southeast and look back over panoramic views of Downtown and the Bay.


San Diego has a lot to offer this holiday weekend that doesn't involve the beach. For family friendly fun that takes advantage of what is likely the nation's best birthday weather, an urban hike can't be beat.

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