Lake Miramar

San Diego, CA
Length: 5.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 8    Average: 4/5]

Lake Miramar has something for everyone! There is a paved, flat road that has gorgeous views of the lake all the way around the 5 mile path. This path is great for strollers, bikes, rollerblades, and more! Not a fan of paved paths? No problem, there is also a dirt path between the lake and paved path. Both paths have trail markers every quarter mile and porta potties (including a few accessible ones) roughly every half mile. If you aren’t up for 5 miles, you could easily make this path an out and back. If you plan on turning around, I highly recommend starting counter clockwise as the last mile over the dam is the least pretty, surrounded by a fence, least amount of shade, and the path narrows. About halfway around the lake there are two places that are great to let the kids get out and walk around. There is a dock with shaded picnic tables on your left, and a little further down is Natalie Park on your right. Lake Miramar is a popular place so it can get crowded, especially on weekends. Depending on the time of day and season, it can also get extremely hot with limited shade, so plan to go early and bring lots of water. Very rarely there will be a car that uses this path, so keep an eye out for slow moving cars and fast bikes. After your walk you can go fishing, boating, hang out at the main recreation area, or get a snack at the concession stand.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Paved
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain Any Wheels
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Bike Trails, Fishing, Lake, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, and Wildlife Viewing

Five miles along a paved flat path, with gorgeous views of the lake the entire way.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is no fee to use this lake.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 8    Average: 4/5]

Hike it Baby member since spring 2016. Current HiB Asheville NC Branch Ambassador. Past HiB San Diego CA and Orange County CA Branch Ambassador, and past National Team volunteer for Community Values, HiB30 Challenge Prizes, Mentor, and Ambassador Continued Education teams.


Trail Head


Trail Map

Getting There

Coming from the 15 freeway, exit Mira Mesa Blvd and head East. Turn right on Scripps Ranch Blvd, then left at Scripps Lake Dr.

*NOTE* The address for this trail will take you to outside Lake Miramar. There is a hard to read sign (picture included), turn left there and head up the hill. The main parking lot is around the bend on the right, past a smaller lot on your left.