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Today's Forecast
70º | Mostly cloudy | 2% chance of rain | Sunrise 5:40 a.m. | Sunset 7:55 p.m. | High tides 12:27 a.m. and 3:03 p.m. | Low tides 8:02 a.m. and 7:35 p.m.
🌄 Hit up a San Diego hike
SD Bayside Trail Point Loma
Bayside Trail at Cabrillo National Monument offers gorgeous views of San Diego’s skyline and San Diego Bay. | Photo via @twobearstogether
From quick and easy loops around town to treks that take you to fantastic ocean views, lakes, and mountains, our city has so many options to hit the trail. So lace up your hiking boots, because we’ve compiled a detailed hiking guide for the San Diego area with 23 routes and trails to help you plan your next adventure.

Note: While parks and trails may be listed as open, we recommend checking park websites before visiting for further info, current trail conditions, and safest practices for the area.

Torrey Pines State Beach, as seen from Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. | Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

The Guy Fleming Trail rewards hikers with sweeping views of Torrey Pines State Beach.


Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Guy Fleming Trail, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
  • Difficulty: Easy = 🥾
  • Length: ⅔-mile loop
  • Pet-friendly: No
If you’re looking for a quick hike with panoramic ocean views, this is your trail.

Bayside Trail, Cabrillo National Monument
  • Difficulty: Easy = 🥾
  • Length: 2.5 miles, out and back trail
  • Pet-friendly: No
This trail begins northeast of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and follows a former military road that winds down from the top of the park toward San Diego Bay.

SD Annie's Canyon Trail

The climb is a fun part of Annie’s Canyon Trail.


Photo via @brandycarper

Annie’s Canyon Trail, 498-450 Solana Hills Dr., San Elijo Lagoon
  • Difficulty: Easy, but with some strenuous parts = 🥾
  • Length: 2.2-mile loop
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, leashed — but no dogs allowed in the slot canyon portion
This slot canyon hike is beloved by locals for its gorgeous views of San Elijo Lagoon and its one-of-a-kind path through narrow sandstone walls.

North Fortuna Mountain Trail via Grasslands Crossing, Mission Trails Regional Park
  • Difficulty: Hard = 🥾🥾🥾
  • Length: 3-mile loop
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, leashed
This loop has an elevation gain of ~1,198 ft and offers lots of opportunities for birdwatching.

Otay Lakes County Park Loop, 2270 Wueste Rd., Chula Vista
  • Difficulty: Easy = 🥾
  • Length: 1.5-mile loop
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, leashed
This trail offers beautiful views of Otay Lake and its surrounding hills. The 78-acre park opens daily at 9:30 a.m.; parking costs $3.
The best hiking snack is:

A. GORP aka trail mix
B. Granola bar
C. Fresh fruit
D. Jerky
Thursday, March 30
  • CAMARADA: Music She Wrote | Thursday, Mar. 30 | 12-9 p.m. | Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, San Diego | $45 | Celebrating women composers with music by Libby Larsen, Amanda Harberg, Rebecca Clarke, and more.
  • Padres 2023 Opening Day | Thursday, Mar. 30 | 6:40 p.m. | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | $63-$435 | Padres baseball is back, baby — and the home team takes on the Colorado Rockies.
Friday, March 31
  • Goodguys Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals | Friday, Mar. 31-Sunday, Apr. 2 | Times vary | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar | $20 | The 3-day auto show cruises into Del Mar with 2,500+ rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks made through 1987.
  • San Diego Seals vs. Calgary Roughnecks | Friday, Mar. 31 | 7 p.m. | Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego | $15-$100 | Lacrosse, anyone? Root for the home team.
Saturday, April 1
  • San Diego Race for Autism  | Saturday, Apr. 1 | 7 a.m.-12 p.m. | Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego | $20-$40 | This superhero-themed 5K or 1-mile walk supports San Diego autism programs and services.
  • Easter Eggspress | Saturday, Apr. 1-Sunday, Apr. 2 | 9:30-11 a.m. | San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado, San Diego | $20 | Children can hop into an egg quest, special trains, and storytime.
  • Opening Weekend Block Party | Saturday, Apr. 1 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Petco Park, J Street from 7th to 10th avenues , San Diego | Free | The East Village Association’s annual celebration of all things Padres baseball — with live music, food, beer, and family-friendly activities.
  • Easter 2023 at Seaport Village | Saturday, Apr. 1 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Seaport Village, 849 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego | Free | Hang ten with the San Diego-centric Beach Bunny.
Sunday, April 2
  • Colombian Food Festival with Too Sabrozo Deli | Sunday, Apr. 2 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | The Fair @ 44, 4350 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego | Eat vegetarian and meat-based tamales, arepas, and empanadas, while enjoying live music.
  • Afrodiaspora Day Party 2.0 | Sunday, Apr. 2 | 3-8 p.m. | Quartyard, 1301 Market St., San Diego | A full lineup of DJs, food, drinks, vendors, and games.
Plan ahead with our community events calendar below.
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News Notes
  • 57º | Rain and possible thunderstorms | 70% chance of rain
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 6:39 a.m.
  • Set: 7:07 p.m.
  • Low: 1:10 p.m
  • High: 5:33 a.m. and 8:13 p.m.
  • Tomorrow is César Chávez Day and county offices, public health clinics, family resource centers, animal shelters, and public libraries will be closed in honor of the labor leader and civil rights activist. Facilities like community centers at some county parks will also be closed — see the list.
  • Leaders are powering up a plan to install electric vehicle chargers in 400+ city parking lots in recreational areas. Once a vendor is contracted, the project would be completed within two years, fueling the city’s climate action plan that includes having 25% of all local vehicles be electric by 2035. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Due to the rain, the Padres have changed the start time of their Opening Day game today against the Rockies from 1:10 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. The team says the Petco Park gates will open to all ticketed fans at 4:30 p.m.
  • We’re just ordinary people — who love an amazing concert. The San Diego Symphony announced it will share the stage with Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend for a concert at The Rady Shell on Friday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.
  • Something beautiful is blooming at the San Diego Museum of Art — Art Alive 2023, the annual fundraiser featuring ~100 floral arrangements mimicking works from the museum’s permanent collection. The longtime spring event kicks off with tomorrow’s Bloom Bash, followed by this weekend’s Floral Exhibition. Reserve your timed tickets.
  • The Museum of Us has been named among 30 finalists for the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Service — the nation’s highest honor for institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. The Institute of Museum and Library Services will announce the winners in late May.
  • Living Coast Discovery Center will host Animals on the Bay Day this Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring animal encounters, a craft market, and food trucks. Admission is only $5, available online or at the door; park at 850 Lagoon Dr. and hop on the shuttle to the center.
  • Ben & Jerry’s is bringing back Free Cone Day on Monday, April 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The scoop shop in Seaport Village will be raising donations during the event, and that money will support the Monarch School on Newton Avenue, the only K-12 public school in the US for unhoused youth.
Plan Ahead
  • Tune up that bike — it’s time to ride. SANDAG will host Bike Anywhere Day on Thursday, May 18, encouraging San Diegans to ride their bikes. The agency will host pit stops across the city from 6-9 a.m., where riders can pop in to get a free T-shirt. Pledge to participate.
  • We’re looking to you to help determine San Diego’s best burger restaurant. We’re down to the finals — Rocky’s Crown Pub vs. The Balboa. Cast your vote in our survey before 12 p.m. today and check out the newsletter tomorrow to see who is crowned champion.
  • If your vacuum isn’t picking up dirt and debris like it used to, it may be time for a new one. This handheld Shark vacuum is lightweight, cordless, and highly rated on Amazon. Or splurge on the Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum that sucks up particles as small as allergens and bacteria.
  • Are your kids ready for springtime family photos? Our online store (Six & Main) features Ducks and Drakes, a children’s clothing company with tall kids at the heart of its style and designs. Shop the perfect fit now.
🏀 The time is now, Aztecs
SDSU Aztecs Mens Basketball Final Four 2023 March Madness
Let’s go, Aztecs. | Photo via Derrick Tuskan/San Diego State
Bust out that red and black SDSU gear ( or maybe that fresh Final Four swag) — the time is now.

The SDSU Aztecs Men’s Basketball team made history when they advanced to the Final Four in the NCAA’s March Madness tournament. Next, they’ll battle the Florida Atlantic Owls for a shot at the finals — Saturday, April 1, at 3:09 p.m., at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Here are some local spots hosting free Aztecs watch parties:
  • Viejas Arena — the same venue that was buzzing with excitement last weekend — will host a watch party starting at 2 p.m.
  • The Gaslamp Quarter (at Fifth and Island avenues) will transform itself into Hoops Madness starting at 1 p.m. — the ultimate Aztecs fans zone featuring games, vendors, and the game on a big screen.
  • Quartyard will open its doors at 1 p.m. for its Aztecs Viewing Party, with live music and drink specials.
The Wrap
Monica Garske headshot Today’s Edition By:
From the Editor
Hi, San Diego. In case you can’t tell by now, I absolutely love hiking our beautiful trails in San Diego County — they’re just so diverse, from the mountains to the coast.

My family especially loves a weekend morning trek along the trails at Sunset Cliffs, with a couple of breaks to admire the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, catch us at The Cliffs Cafe in OB, sipping on smoothies and coffee.

Missed yesterday’s newsletter? Padres baseball returns today, and it’s gonna be good.
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