San Diego, CA

University of San Diego and Tecolote Canyon Trails

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This is a nice option for running just inland from Mission Bay, east of I-5 and north of I-8. Combine the pleasant trails of the University of San Diego (not to be confused with UCSD in La Jolla) with the 6+ miles of trails in adjacent Tecolote Canyon Nature Park. Some of the trails are easy dirt roads/gravel paths, but there are some hillier and more rugged options as well.

Longer Run/Options: Dip down to Mission Bay and the paths along Tecolote Shores, Fiesta Island, and Southern Shores Park. This would be a run with lots of variety: waterfront, university campus, dry canyon trails! Note: Tecolote Rd./Sea World Dr. are not so pleasant for running.



  • Campus is a couple of miles of trails; 6 miles of trails in Tecolote Canyon; More if Mission Bay added
  • Some hills in Tecolote Canyon
  • Anywhere on campus. La Jolla Playhouse is a good anchor