12425 Highland Valley Rd

San Diego, CA 92128

33.052568, -117.065715

Dog-Friendly: Yes   Kid-Friendly: Yes

Hike: 4 miles out and back    Level: Easy

Open from sunrise to sunset


Highland Valley Trail sits right across from an historic battle site called Mule Hill.  More on that another day though. This area is lush and has both shaded and non-shaded areas along the hike. Most of the hike is alongside a road which may turn some people off, but the road is not too populated and didn't take away from the enjoyment or beauty of the area for us.
This is a lovely hike to do during sunset with views of Lake Hodges in the distance. We came across Native American evidence along the hike through grinding holes in a flat boulder. This area burned down in the 2003 Cedar Fire. I love how nature always rebuilds. The hike is easy with little elevation. We took this trip in early spring:

Native-grinding holes:

There was this fallen tree filled with the coolest-looking mushrooms:

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12425 Highland Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92128, USA