Almost any day of the year in San Diego, you'll see runners and joggers winding their way through our parks and along our roads and beaches. If you want to join them, here are some great running routes for you to try.
Take 1-5 to La ]olla Village Drive west. Then take North Torrey Pines Road to the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Park in the northernmost area of the golf course. From the parking lot, head north on the sidewalk that parallels North Torrey Pines Road. Veer left at the fire road and look for the beginning of the trail. The trail head is easy to miss. Once on the trail, you'll find yourself zigzagging your way through the Torrey Pines State Reserve, on trails called South Fork or North Fork. Whichever side you prefer, you're heading through chaparral, with few trees and a steep but scenic area toward the cliff, called Broken Hill Trail. It is the longest of six trails in the Torrey Pines State Reserve at 1.3 miles via the South Fork. (Use caution here: This route winds around on the rocks all the way to the beach. Watch your footing and slow down to a walking pace for this stretch.) Once you're on the beach, especially at low tide, there is a long strip of packed sand where you can run almost any distance your legs and lungs can carry you. Head north to the Del Mar lifeguard station and then back up the cliff for a good route of at least 13 miles.
Located in downtown La Jolla along Coast Boulevard, to find La Jolla Jewel Trail drive into La Jolla from Torrey Pines Road and then turn right on Prospect Street. Veer right down to Coast Boulevard and park where you can. Jewel Trail in La Jolla outlines the western side of La Jolla from La Jolla Cove at the north end of downtown La Jolla all the way down to Bird Rock. It is not a loop but a route down Coast Boulevard, along the beautiful La Jolla coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean and continuing south through a very residential area of La Jolla until reaching Bird Rock. Jewel Train is 3.2 miles of scenic La Jolla beauty. Watch out for cars and tourists.
Located in Mission Bay, the road surrounding Fiesta Island Run is a 4.5 mile loop around the island. Exit the 5 freeway at Sea World Drive and then enter Fiesta Island by taking a right onto Fiesta Island Road. Park anytime along the side of the road and begin running counterclockwise around the loop until you return to your car. At one point the road is intersected and you can run a shorter route here. Nowhere in San Diego is jet skiing and windsurfing more popular than in the Mission Bay area off of Fiesta Island. Traffic is restricted to traveling only counter-clockwise.
The easiest route to the Cabrillo National Monument at the southern tip of Point Loma is to take the I-5 south and exit at Rosecrans and stay straight to Talbot Street, then west to Catalina Boulevard south. Catalina Boulevard becomes Cabrillo Memorial Drive and goes directly to the National Monument Park, where there is plenty of parking. Begin wherever it is most convenient for you, but remember, it's a 12-mile straight segment, not a loop. Go north from there on Cabrillo Memorial Drive and pass the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Coronado and Downtown San Diego. The road then becomes Catalina Boulevard. Turn right on Talbot Street and take it to Shelter Island, where the south to-north loop is mandatory for this route to be worthwhile. Run along the harbor on the sidewalk and grassy areas to Harbor Island, where a longer loop, this time west-to-east, is also mandatory. Continue to follow the harbor side walkway along the water to Seaport Village San Diego.
Marilyn Monroe wasn't a runner, but she did enjoy Coronado while filming "Some Like It Hot" in 1958 at the Hotel Del. Coronado is San Diego's peninsula town and is one big running trail. Take 1-5 south to the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge across to Coronado. Take Orange Avenue through downtown past the Hotel del Coronado and park in the free public lot at the Coronado Shores, the unmistakable high-rise condos. The two most popular trails head south beginning from the hotel area. For a sand run, cruise down the long, glistening Silver Strand State Beach to Imperial Beach. That's a 7-mile trot one way. The only hindrance is a tide-caused slope in the sand for about a half-mile south of the Shores. The slant decreases the farther south you go. On asphalt, begin near the Coronado Yacht Club along Silver Strand Boulevard (Highway 75). The trail is an asphalt bike path frequented by joggers "morning, noon and night," according to a Coronado Chamber of Commerce representative. The route parallels both Silver Strand Boulevard and the west section of San Diego Bay and is also a 7-mile trek one way.
Take 1-5 to Manchester Avenue west. Then take Coast Highway south. Park along the road at the north end of Cardiff State Beach. Start your jog on the coast in Encinitas. Run south along the coast, cross at the light and head for the swamp area where the fun starts. This is an undeveloped plot of land with intertwining hiking and equestrian trails surrounding swamp-like lands around San Elijo Lagoon.← Activities Home