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Took my 3 kids here and they loved it. Wasn’t too long, wasn’t too short. It was easy enough for my son, who is special needs, to walk and not need a break. There are 2-3 benches along the trail if you do have to stop and rest, or simply want to stop and see the beautiful surroundings.

Good hike with nice views. Plenty of shade throughout the trail to help with the hot days...

1 month ago

Great if you have kiddos!! I grew up coming here and now I have a 4 and 8 year old. There’s plenty of space to explore and playgrounds to play on. Beautiful park. We bought a yearly parking pass because we love coming here.

Gorgeous trail and gorgeous day! Did the entire loop and pond. So many wildflowers and birds. Hardly anyone else around. Loved every minute!

great for kids. each small trail makes it easy to set goals for the kiddos.

It’s soooooooo beautiful. You get a peace of mind and feel so relaxed once you leave. Go around January and you might catch yourself being surrounded by all the lady bugs !!!!!!! You’ll catch a lot of blue jays too depends if you go around morning, early afternoon. Maybe even deer around sunset time. But it’s wonderful highly recommend it !!! You’ll really enjoy it !

Dogs are allowed.

I will love to post a review, but after driving there I was faced by a close gate and s sign that states close on Wednesday.

Nice little contained nature walk area, and the mill house is an added bonus to ponder 19th century entrepreneurial spirit.

Pleasant and easy! A nice walk:)

Loved it! There are so many trails to follow! It’s beautiful and my youngster didn’t complain much. We did a small loop to try it out with the app. We will come back and explore the rest of the trails.

Very nice, easy hike. Had the trail to ourselves. Observed two Acorn Woodpeckers, a male and female American Kestrel, Costa’s Hummingbird, and a Mockingbird. Fun.

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Easy hike to take the kids on. Great views of the Lake. As a mom, i definitely appreciated all of the porta-potties, and rest-stops that were set up. Plan on going again soon, and maybe going a little further.

Nice family easy hike, Great Lake view throughout the hike but be prepared to spend $9 for parking and $2 per person to hike here. Otherwise I would give it a 5 Star.

5 months ago

Great, beginner short loop to do with kids.

Great hike. The weir house was absolutely amazing, be careful on the rocks at the house, they are extremely slippery.

Hidden gem in San Diego North county. Really quiet and peaceful. Not very crowded even on a warm winter day. We saw a coyote near the park ranger station which was really cool.

We loved the many lil trails that led us to the lake each time. We just came to explore and we did. We found a water park within which we’ll definitely be back with the kids for that.

Beautiful views of the mountains surrounding the trail, well maintained. Perfect for families with little children.

Nice! easy hike

It was a beautiful nature walk. My four year old really enjoyed it.

Lovely! You see the valley, cedar trees, creek, and wild life. Relatively quiet trail. Very easy to do with a baby in a carrier. You do need to cross the creek at one point on stones, but it’s very easy and most times of the year the water level is very low.

easy, nice.

Instead of walking around/along the lake, the trail leads from one parking lot to another.

Nice easy hike. There is a fee to enter the recreation area. $6 a person plus $2 a dog. Today (Thanksgiving) there was a $20 flat fee.

10 months ago

Short but beautiful

FYI This is in the State Park which charges $10 for day use. The trails were a wee bit confusing but we're new to this so it was probably user error. Pretty, shady, and tranquil on the "tree" side, but a bit warm on the "meadow" side. We saw wild turkeys which was a real treat! Went to the observatory after. It's only 5 miles. It's a must see!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This park is absolutely beautiful. There are a lot of gorgeous hiking options and a campground. However, I can't write a review without mentioning the fact that, at the time of my visit, in late June, the sheer number of flies in the area made the hike absolutely unbearable. I could've hiked this beautiful place for hours but left after one. I have never seen anything like it. I will definitely be back once I know they are gone.

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