Sea Caves at Cabrillo National Monument
Distance: Approx. 1 mile
We’ve all explored the tide pools with the tourists at Cabrillo National Monument, but at the end of the designated National Park Service trail is where the adventure begins. Tucked away around the corner from the tide pools are hidden sea caves. These caves are only accessible during low tide, so unless you want to drown or be swept off the rocks by incoming surf, timing is everything.
Hot Springs Mountain
Distance: Approx. 6 miles
If you want to conquer the highest point in San Diego County, then hike to the top of Hot Springs Mountain in the Los Coyotes Reservation. After closing the land to recreational use for years due to destructive visitors, the tribe has re-opened the area to the public on weekends for a small day-use fee. The trail starts at the Los Coyotes Campground and follows an old fire road as the hike takes you through a dense and shady conifer forest. Sitting atop the 6,553ft peak, you’ll find the remains of an old fire lookout and beautiful views in every direction.