Live Well San Diego


Looking to get away from the stress of everyday life? Or perhaps you have a new personal fitness goal for 2015?  Hiking trails are for everyone! 

If you love being outside, San Diego offers so many beautiful places to explore and enjoy outdoors. From our local mountains to the Pacific Ocean, even the lagoons have wide, easy ADA accessible trails that provide you with the chance to get up close and see the different animal species.

No matter your motivation, the San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department has more than 300 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails in the County's parks and open space preserves. Some trails offer simple strolls along placid streams; others take you over rugged mountains and isolated valleys. We offer one of the most diverse trail systems in the nation.

Rated EASY to DIFFICULT, be sure to prepare for whatever adventure you take!


With 5 trails, William Heise County Park is 4,200 feet above Sea Level located just a few miles outside of Julian off Hwy 78.  Trails range from moderate to difficult, but there is always something to see! Lands for this park were donated to the county in 1968 by successful businessman William Heise, who wanted to preserve an area where families could gather, picnic, and hike as a retreat from city life.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is one of the largest remaining coastal wetlands in San Diego County, and home to an exceptional number of plants and animals. A walk along more than seven miles of trails will take you through various plant communities where you’ll encounter many of the 300 species of plants, 16 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 26 species of mammals. The lagoon is especially known for its bird life. At least 300 species have been seen here, 76 of which are classified as sensitive.

Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses 6,800 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas. Its rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the landing of Cabrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542.  Centrally located and only eight miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park provides a quick, natural escape from the urban hustle and bustle. 

There’s a trail for everyone in San Diego County; just be sure to bring plenty of drinking water, sunscreen and sturdy walking shoes!


ABC10, and sister station Azteca San Diego 15, are proud to partner with the County of San Diego on the Live Well San Diego initiative.

Live Well San Diego is an initiative of the County of San Diego to improve health and wellness for all residents. It represents a shared vision that can only be accomplished through collaboration across partners from every sector. This vision calls on every resident to take action to improve their own health, safety and well-being, as well as that of their families and neighbors.

There are three parts to Living Well:

  1. Building Better Health calls for improving the health of all residents and supporting healthy choices
  2. Living Safely calls for ensuring residents are protected from crime and abuse, neighborhoods are safe and communities are resilient to disasters and emergencies
  3. Thriving, currently under development, calls for promoting a region in which residents can enjoy the highest quality of life

Live Well San Diego involves everyone. Only through a collective effort—in which all of us work together toward a shared purpose—can meaningful change be achieved in a region as large and diverse as San Diego County.

Recognized Live Well Partners include health care providers, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, school districts and other jurisdictions, including cities, tribal governments and military or veterans organizations.

Local Action, County-Wide Impact.

Live Well San Diego needs leadership from residents to identify priority needs and make long term change.  Organizational leaders and community members gather in the County's regions to plan community improvements and address health and safety needs.  These teams serve as a central point for action at the local level.

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