students hiking in the desert
Begin quote We had a great time hiking above Anza Borrego Desert. It was hot, but was such a contrast to USD. – participant

Hiking is a wonderful way to experience some of the natural beauty that San Diego offers. With mountains, desert, and marine environments all within a short drive from campus, there are many diverse locations to enjoy. As with all outdoor pursuits, there are some things to consider and prepare for before heading out on a hike.

In southern California, some of the most beautiful outdoor destinations are very fragile and popular. This is often a recipe for destruction. We recommend following the recommended Leave No Trace practices to minimize your impact on the environment and other users.