ernest w. on Balboa Park
Not exactly a hike paved the whole way and most of it is through the main museums. I dont know how the author thinks this is hidden by any means.... they are some of the parks main attractions. If you are looking for a nice easy walk on sidewalks and pathways through some of the main areas of balboa then this is for you.
This is one of my favorites place to hike when I don't want to drive for a big hike far from home. I just ride my bike few miles away and hike the canyon, cross the bridge and walk few blocks and get back by the Kings Canyon, doing both canyons. I usually do this hike at least 2 times a week. It is short but very peaceful and just in the heart of the city.
More useful as part of the bigger loop that goes through Balboa Park. Sometimes homeless will be hiding in the bushes, scared me and my wife one time we came across a few camped out. Other than that it is fun on its own as a challenging run!
These trails are on the east side of the Florida Canyon, and start behind the tennis and baseball courts. Certain parts are wide and flat, and lined with eucalyptus trunks. Other parts are small, sometimes with small offshoot loop trails. If you have time to wander, it's a nice vantage over the canyon and you can see the succulent garden, some buildings in Balboa Park, and the Navy Hospital. From certain points you also get downtown views. And maybe a few brown bunnies, and a snake or two. Pretty mellow, easy trail. Lots of local folks walk through, bikers too.