The San Diego River Trail is a network of paths that lead along the San Diego River channel and mud flats and provide access to Mission/Fashion Valley shopping areas. You can walk or ride on either side of the river via the Sunset Cliffs bridge, or the bridge closer to the Qualcomm Stadium.
The trail is excellent for wildlife viewing; bird watchers from all over the county come to snap pictures, and get good sightings and light for an array of wildlife. Fish are always jumping, eagles and hawks are often flying with live catches in their talons or beaks, and the tides make sure the visit is never the same twice.
For fun or exercise, this path links to well more than 20 miles of paths around the beaches and bay, which keeps you almost completely on a path and off traffic-clogged streets.
Parking and Trail Access
On the east end, park at the ball fields at the end of Hotel Circle Place. On the coast, park Ocean Beach Dog Beach parking area (end of West Point Loma Blvd.) and at Ocean Beach Athletic Area (Bacon St.)
Cycling West, Walking East, Riding the Trolley
The trail system west of Route 163 in Mission Valley is best suited for cycling. Much of it is on or right next to roads and covers longer distances than most people want to walk. There is a nice cycling path on the south side of the river running from ...