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5 Spots In San Diego To See Fall Foliage

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The weather is crisp and the leaves are turning a beautiful shade of red, orange, and yellow. Southern California may not be the best place to experience Fall foliage, but who says it’s impossible? Lace-up your hiking boots and pack some extra trail mix for the best hiking trails. These 5 captivating spots in San Diego are the best to enjoy the fall foliage!
Balboa Park
Balboa Park -San Diego, CA 92101
Take a beautiful walk through Balboa Park! Chinese flame trees, Fremont cottonwood, and Pecan will light up your mood with gold and yellow foliage. The park also has playgrounds you can enjoy fall colors while having fun with the kids.
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park District – 15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036  
One of San Diego’s most beautiful state parks! With hiking options in length and difficulty, making this is a great place for everyone in the family. Enjoy all the fall colors surrounding the trees and breathtaking lake views!
Palomar Mountain State Park
Cleveland National Forest – Palomar Mountain, CA 92060
Enjoy the fall colors, cool temperature, and dense forests on your way up! There are over 11 miles of trails to choose from for the perfect Fall family day. Explore the brightly lit golden yellow of the black oaks to the surrounding red shrubs!
Sunset Trails
Laguna Mountain Recreation Area – 10678 Sunrise Hwy, Descanso, CA 91948
One of San Diego’s best-kept secret spots! Pack a lunch and head over to Sunset Trails for a short hike through gorgeous alpine meadows. Listed as easy, this trail can range in distance from a 3.25-mile loop or a 9.2-mile round trip out and back journey. This trail is for hikers and is great for families, kids, couples, or even solo!
Volcan Mountain
Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve – 1209 Farmer Road at Wynola Road, Julian, CA 92036
There are dozens of hiking trails even for amateur hikers to make your fall foliage experience a memorable one. If you want a real fall experience, we recommend going to Julian! Hike the Volcan Mountain for a view towering over the great oaks.
Go enjoy the Fall foliage, there’s a trail for everyone in San Diego!