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hiking
5 days ago

Everything was great .!! Is a really good place to go w your friends and family .! Is really beautiful.!

on Balboa Park Trails

walking
5 days ago

Surprisingly scenic! Plus we got to hike alongside a river for awhile which was pretty awesome. Solid elevation changes, I wore my toddler in a carrier on the uphill and we admired tons of wildflowers. Really enjoyable little hike.

It's more of a stroll than a hike. The views are gorgeous and there are several spots that you can stop and swim at a little beach. We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was heavily crowded. You can rent those bike carts that allow four passengers to pedal and the path was littered with them, and they rang the bell provided them and yelled and hollered at walkers and cyclists to move instead of sharing the road. Very annoying and aggressive at times.

I think this would be a lovely sunset stroll.

hiking
20 days ago

I used the directions from the app and found a sign in the parking lot with a map. I wanted to do trail #12 and tried to follow the directions to the trail. I walked around the park for an hour before finding what might have been the trail but it was so secluded I didn’t feel safe going on it alone so I turned around and went to my usual walk in Encinitas. The park itself is nice with very nice tennis courts and several areas to relax and have a picnic. I just really wish there were better signs to show you where you are and where you’re headed.

23 days ago

not a hike, but a nice place to walk.

walking
25 days ago

Pretty, easy, and shaded walk!

Trail is super easy and it is under construction. The pass is closed however if you look hard enough you will find a hidden trail, scale down the edge of the mountain and it leads to a rope, climb down that rope and you have a beautiful beach that is secluded and private and all to yourself. That was the best part!

walking
1 month ago

I had heard about the fire in the Slough and wanted to check out for myself how much of the nature preserve was affected. The burned area is off the loop trails that can be accessed from the Valeta St trailhead. It doesn’t affect the trail itself (although it did come right up to it) and was mainly in an area that used to be accessible but is now closed for revegetation, between a bench at an overlook and the Point Loma Tennis Club courts. I was happy to see that the tall bushes of the loop trails are unaffected. It’s worth mentioning that the park was cleaner than I’d ever seen it before. No one camping at the trailhead, no RVs in the parking lot, and no trash on the trail.

on Shepherd Canyon

1 month ago

Park at Chinese community church and head down the trail.

Great and easy trail when your on the go and want to escape the city life. Park on any side street. There’s a little coffee shop at the start made out of a trailer camper. Enjoy!!

walking
1 month ago

We live close to these tide pools! Absolutely beautiful!

However, this picture is of cabrillo national monument tide pool area that is off limits.

This picture is not of la jolla tide pool area.

hiking
1 month ago

The straightaway in the map is a series of steep incline and declines. The curvy portions navigate around the elevation to make it easier to work with.

walking
1 month ago

Walked the last part of the out-and-back trail between W. Point Loma Ave. and I-8. Beautiful natural surroundings, but the trail runs very close to the adjacent apartment complex. Also, there were signs of transient camping. Still a pretty nice walk though.

Nice trail for skill levels. Pretty green and pleasant. Trail could be marked better.

on Lopez Canyon Trail

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is nice enough but there is dog crap all over the trails and I would guess off trail too. I was there first week June 2018 and was lucky to see a mature and healthy looking bobcat!!

I started at Tecolote Nature Center and made it as far as Balboa Ave. The portion of the trail between Mt. Acadia Ave. and Balboa was new to me, and I liked it a lot. Large trees, views of the stream, and pretty even terrain - nothing like the steep hills between USD and Mt. Acadia Avenue parallel to the golf course. One thing to note is that at one point the trail doesn’t match up with the map. From a fork in the trail, you can only go left (walking north), as the right is closed for revegetation. A short distance after that, the trail turns sharply right, away from the trail drawn on the map and joins up with the trail that was originally the closed one leading right from the fork (see my screenshot of the map). Not a big deal though, since this part of the trail is well marked, and off-limits areas are cordoned off.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Cool spot to for a quick ride. Other trails nearby that are pretty cool for mountain bikes

Nice surprise find

birding
2 months ago

Very easy trail, plenty of afar so the vegetation is happy and green. There are always lots of other people and bikers, but the trail is so wide it’s easy to share.

trail running
2 months ago

Nice quick and quiet trail. No real scenic spots but the overall vibe is a great little marsh like area with tons of birds and a nice little pond. Very well managed. People care about this trail

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is ok. It seems to be better as a bike trail than hiking trail but I liked it well enough. If you follow the loop as shows the brutal part of this hike is the Downhill parts. Watch your footing as it’s pretty steep. There are a few steep inclines but overall the trail is pretty flat other than that.

walking
2 months ago

Walked the two short loop trails. They're cut into thick brush, which makes them shaded and beautiful. But very very short - .15 mile total for both loops! I took a stroller but wouldn't do so again, as the trail is narrow and uneven. Plus, the loops are so short that most toddlers should be able to walk them without a problem. The bench with a view of the slough is a bonus. Next time, we'll take the longer out-and-back trail.

Edit: returned the following day to walk the out-and-back trail as far as W Point Loma Blvd. As far as my opinion on Famosa Slough, I’m torn: on the one hand it’s absolutely beautiful and peaceful and I’m so glad that this local little gem, not to mention a part of our ecosystem and habitat for our local wildlife, has been preserved. On the other hand, humans have made it a little less nice. Since it's small, the surrounding apartment complexes are almost always within view. And SD’s homelessness problem is visible here too; there’s a motorhome permanently parked at the trailhead, there appears to be at least one person living in the bushes at the trailhead, and my toddlers and I stumbled upon a person sleeping on a bench at a secluded overview of the water. I appreciate the nature preserve so much, but in order to enjoy it you have to have a bit of tolerance for things being not perfectly romantic. If you can look past a little bit of grittiness, it’s a beautiful place to go for a walk, enjoy flowers and trees, and watch different kinds of birds.

Beautiful, varied terrain! I started my hike at the USD entrance about a mile west of the Visitor Center and headed north from there. There's a broad dirt road that runs under the power lines, straight up and down through the hills, and there's also a well-marked hiking trail that winds its way through the terrain, skirting the steepest parts of the hills and hugging the golf course. The straight dirt road is good for an intense leg workout, but I think the marked hiking trail is more scenic. The two trails are periodically connected, making it possible to switch from one to the other. The next section of trail through trees and along a stream was beautiful and peaceful. At one point, the trail became hard to follow, and studying my recording afterwards, I realized that I had missed a turn and ended up off the mapped trail when I decided to turn around. My total distance was just short of 5 miles, but I could easily have made it shorter or longer; the possibilities are endless. This park is a local treasure!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and easy trail system.

walking
2 months ago

Paved trail running the length of Harbor Island. Made for a good walk/jog with my stroller. Only negative is that it parallels the road. But it's great to be so close to the water, and the views of the bay from downtown to Point Loma are spectacular.

Walked east entrance from entrance on Genessee, plenty of shade under the scrub oak canopy, walked up and out near Golf Course at Osolo St. will do it again

Very basic

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