Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!

Color Trails

The color trails are part of our members section

Over time we have begun stumbling upon beautiful, painted paths across the city. I wish there were more places like these to appreciate. People dedicating their time and money to make otherwise drab pathways  into beaming trails of color and beauty.

These specific spots are being locked under our members section to help protect them from vandalism. One color path that is not part of our members section though are the rainbow tiles at Spanish Village in Balboa Park.


1. Rainbow Stairs: 

These rainbow stairs exist because of one person committed to making our city a little more colorful. Magdalena was able to obtain city permission to create a special pathway for those lucky enough to find it.  Now they are a popular backdrop for many people’s portrait shots on social media.

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A shot of the artist, Magdalena, and her painted stairs:

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2. Mariposa Trail:

These next two pathways are still mysteries to me as to who painted them.  I’m hoping by making them live people will come forward with the back-stories.

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3. Sea Path:

I was definitely floored when I learned about this underwater-themed pathway that cuts through a neighborhood.  Right when you think you know it all, out comes brand new surprises!

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  • Anonymous
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    January 25, 2020

  • Anonymous
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    where is it exactly ?

    February 2, 2020

  • Anonymous
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    how amazing to see the sea path i remember i used to skate there and just hang out down there all the time instead me and my friends called it the catwalk when times were easier this was fun

    February 15, 2020

  • Ginell Bahri
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    My friend, my dog and I decided to hit all 3 of these spots today (Briercrest Park & Mt. Helix). I liked that they were all within 10 min or less of each other. To be honest we only stayed at each spot for about 5-10 minutes for pictures, let my dog make some markings, always pick up your dogs poop :), and left to the next spot. So, it was good for pictures, but just a quick stop UNLESS you are exercising. Each spot had an good incline that I could easily see myself loose my breath if i went up and down it multiple times.

    December 16, 2020

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