Seven Bridge Walk

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Seven Bridge Walk is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 485 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

city walk

walking
1 month ago

Great way to explore the local area. Lots to see and plenty of places to pit stop. Bring plenty of water and a hat.

hiking
2 months ago

Such an awesome way to explore San Diego ❤️

hiking
3 months ago

Good walk, we went alternate routes bc we saw things that interested us. We went to first street bridge first so by the time we got back to balboa it was warm. Def bring a big hat and lots of water. Would do again but earlier and on a cooler day

hiking
3 months ago

The walk is great! I will definitely make this a frequent path. A few tips: 1. It doesn’t make since to double cross the Quince St. bridge when you can stay straight on Spruce & then turn right on 4th Ave 2. I’m not sure why the route takes you down to cross Park Blvd near the Space Museum, where there is no bridge, instead of crossing the pedestrian bridge near the water fountain over to the Desert Garden, which is what I did 3. Stay on Park Blvd., unless you want to walk through the dirt trails on the hill between the Desert Garden & Florida Ave 4. You cannot access Indiana St. from Upas, instead go up Park one more block, turn right on Myrtle, & then left on Indiana. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

I'd skip the first part in the dirt and stay in the main road. nothing to see there.

hiking
4 months ago

The walk crosses a total of 8 bridges, if you include the University Avenue bridge over 163. The full trail as listed here is not possible. After the Georgia street bridge it is matter of getting back to your car. This trail guides you into the canyon for the more scenic route, but there isn't very much shade down there. It is not possible to turn onto Upas from Indiana, because the marked "trail" goes through a locked apt complex. The map also wants you to walk down a steep hill to get to the start of the canyon trail, but you will need to go to the Park Blvd/Morley Field Dr intersection to cross that street.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

loved it. second time doing it and it is awesome with nice views.

running
4 months ago

I ran this with my friend. A little difficult to follow, a lot of stops in the way, and its through the city. The bridges are really cool tho! I am not sure if I will ever do it again, but it was definitely worth it one time.

hiking
private property
4 months ago

the directions hard to follow, and some streets you couldn't walk through. a lot of residential and business, not enough greenery. don't recommend for a sunny day in summer.

hiking
5 months ago

it's a lovely walk, though this version has some unnecessary detours in it.

hiking
5 months ago

Parked at the Rose Garden and started the walk at 9:30. Stopped in Hillcrest for pastries and coffee and finished at 12:15. Nice walk! Beautiful homes and architecture.

5 months ago

this is an amazing walk through San Diego. not only are the bridges fun to see and walk but I loved the architecture of the homes. There were many spanish homes side by side of victorians. there was even one home with a little free book stand with a chair to rest. Once you hit University ave. and stop for lunch I'm not gonna lie the rest isn't so great. Next time I might have a few drinks and uber back to the car. all in all I would do it again.

6 months ago

Nice walk with the family. A few stairs on the Quince St bridge but other than that, the whole hike was stroller friendly.

hiking
7 months ago

Made it half way; having bars so readily available makes for a much more difficult hiike!

walking
8 months ago

The 7th bridge is now open. An interesting way to see San Diego away from the usual tourist haunts. I used these directions. Very accurate. https://www.sandiego.org/campaigns/sunny-7/san-diegos-7-bridges-hike.aspx

walking
8 months ago

Very nice urban hike. Directions are not quite exact but it’s relatively easy to find your way. The suspension bridge is fun!

hiking
8 months ago

Don’t follow the trail in the app. Read Roberts comments posted here and follow those. The trail doesn’t hold true to the actual path.

9 months ago

Did this with a meet up group in July. The 7th bridge was under construction. But decent walk. Hillcrest has lots of places to stop and take a break if you want. Water, caps and sunscreen recommended.

hiking
10 months ago

following the trail shown there are only six bridges there's a lot of back tracking with a little help this could be a good trail and add the foot bridge to the cactus garden that makes seven right there

walking
10 months ago

Long walk but cool to see the different bridges in the area. At one of our last stops we got brunch near by then took an electric scooter back to Balboa Park. Fun time! Favorite bridge was the suspension bridge.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice long walk. Cool to hit up the Farmer’s Market on Sunday on Normal Street. The off-sidewalk path after Morley Field Drive does have some homeless encampments and may leave some feeling unsafe. For those that feel that way, I’d suggest going with someone or staying on Park Blvd. App Quality Control Needed 1. Do not keep walking west along Maple past First Avenue. There is no bridge down there. It is a non productive diversion, unless you want a little slope challenge for your glutes. 2. There is no need to double cross the Quince Street bridge. You can turn left on 4th Avenue and left on Spruce if you want to Avoid backtracking across the bridge again. 3. When walking south in Indiana street it dead ends. You will have to make a right on Myrtle Avenue and recommend just walking out to Park Boulevard. You won’t turn off the sidewalk and onto the back trail until you just pass Morley Field Drive then pick back up on the marked trail. 4. Towards the end of the walk, the app says to cross at Space Theater Way. This makes no sense. And you would miss the pedestrian bridge at the Desert Garden. Enjoy!

10 months ago

6 for 6features

hiking
10 months ago

AMAZING walk! Perfect for a Sunday when you have lots of time to stroll around the city and balboa park. I loved the bridges and next I want to explore the beautiful canyons underneath them! :)

walking
11 months ago

Great loop walk starting at the bridge by the Rose Garden in Balboa Park, walk through the main promenade of Balboa Park, Bankers Hill and Hillcrest. My two favorite bridges are the wood trestle Quince Street Pedestrian Bridge built in 1905 and the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge built in 1912. The Vermont Bridge in Hillcrest has 28 laser cut stainless steel and colored plexiglas railing panels with icons and quotations that refer to the metaphors of time, walking, and bridging. Some of the quotations include Dr. Seuss, Audrey Lourde, Irving Gill, Kate Sessions, Pythagoras, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Highly recommend this walk.

walking
11 months ago

There are parts of this hike/walk that need to be omitted. My fault for not checking other sources. If you really feel the need for hiking through Florida Canyon, great, go for it. I would have rather stuck on the sidewalks and enjoyed an urban adventure. Would recommend avoiding Florida Canyon and go straight down Park Ave. The most interesting bridges, in my opinion are the ones west of Balboa Park. Enjoy!

Sun Nov 11 2018

A really nice, easy urban-ish walk. Takes you through some of San Diego’s old neighborhoods and canyons. Ends with a stroll through Balboa Park. Nice for a hot Santa Ana day with plenty of availability for shade depending on what side of the street you choose to walk on!

Tue Oct 16 2018

it was a decent walk.

walking
Sun Jul 29 2018

when it gets too hot to hike the mtns and desert, go urban hiking lol. this was fun and you get to see some little known places around northern central downtown.

Mon Jul 23 2018

great way to spend the day

walking
Tue Jul 17 2018

Great city walk. We followed the map and never stepped off concrete. The bridges were fun and gave you something to count and look forward to along the way. It was a full 6 miles plus. Fairly flat for the most part, I’d consider this an easy walk other than the distance.

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