Lake Miramar - Road Running

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This 5-mile path is a great place for runners of all ability levels.

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Taylor Reilly


5.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

14.0 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1 to 2 Hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits


Land Website

Lake Miramar



Miramar Reservoir, found in the Scripps Ranch community, is a popular spot for running, cycling, rollerblading, and picnicking. Fishing is also a popular activity at the lake. The 5-mile paved loop around the lake is about halfway up the hills, overlooking the communities below. The coastal breeze blowing across the lake will keep you cool and cruising.

What Makes It Great

This almost 5-mile path, which circumnavigates Lake Miramar, is a good place for runners of all ability levels. The path has markers every 1/4 mile to help you keep track of your time and speed. It's easily accessible and has picnic tables available for resting points and lunch afterwards. Cars are permitted on the road Saturday-Tuesday only, so if you don't want to worry about cars, try to get here Wednesday-Friday.

 As a result of this route's relative ease and accessibility, it can often be teeming with runners, walkers, and bikers- especially on the weekends. But it's popular for a reason; you will definitely enjoy running along the water's edge here on Lake Miramar. 

Who is Going to Love It

The path is popular for just about any self-propelled method of moving. It's fairly easy, so you could take out the family, or go for a quick 5-mile run. With 18 barbecues and 48 picnic tables, it's a great place to get in a little exercise and then have a picnic lunch by the water.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

To get to Lake Miramar: From Interstate 15, take the Mira Mesa Boulevard east, turn right on Scripps Ranch Boulevard and then left on Scripps Lake Drive. The reservoir entrance will be on your left. 


Lake Miramar

Scripps Lake Dr
San Diego, CA, 921391
32.911444, -117.098195

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