By Jerry Schad
50 most sensible brief Hikes: San Diego is the 1st e-book in a brand new model of a sequence desolate tract Press at the start introduced within the Nineteen Nineties. This 50 Best name activities a clean, glossy layout whereas retaining the unique suggestion: it is a guidebook for busy outside fanatics who wish appealing hikes to adventure in restricted spurts of time.
With all of its path distances tallying only one to eight miles, 50 most sensible brief Hikes: San Diego showcases routes that may be accomplished in exactly an hour, a morning, or a day. yet those tablet distances are something yet boring or monotonous. as a substitute, myriad terrains beckon inside those pages. a few trails wind alongside the coast, others weave throughout the canyons, and nonetheless others ascend mountains or meander into forests.
Because of the possible distances and the various land- and seascapes provided the following, 50 top brief Hikes: San Diego additionally appeals to hikers with actual barriers and to households with babies. All readers...
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3 mile south on Hale, and turn right on Harmony Grove Road. 3 mile west and turn sharply left to remain on Harmony Grove Road. 4 mile, you must turn left again to remain on Harmony Grove Road, which becomes a rural byway at this point. Continue for 3 miles to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve entrance on the left, near mile marker 6 on Harmony Grove Road. 4-mile out-and-back Elevation Range: 340 feet down to 120 feet (river crossing) Facilities: Water and restrooms at the trailhead; restaurant across the street Highlights: The historic Lake Hodges Dam and (rarely) rushing water down the gorge DESCRIPTION On its roughly 50-mile course from the mountain crest near Julian to the beach at Del Mar, the combined Santa Ysabel Creek/San Dieguito River courses through several steep and narrow canyons.
Ramona Valley at Woodson Mountain (see hike 15) Don’t forget to charge up and carry a cell phone before you set out on the walk. Still, do not forget that there are occasional dead zones for cell phone signals once you get away from populated places or well-traveled highways. Thus, as with all hiking, it is wise to let someone know where you are headed and when you expect to return. Hikers on the more remote trails in this book might want to store a flashlight in their backpacks (if there’s any chance of being caught on the trail after dark); a map; a GPS unit, for fun as well as navigation; a whistle (for signaling); and a first-aid kit.
Find a curbside parking space on K Street, or on the west side of 101, or just about anywhere within a reasonable distance of K Street. If you’re lucky (fat chance in the summer), you might find a parking space in the small lot at Swami’s Park, which is on 101, one long block south of K Street. 4 San Elijo Lagoon Trailhead Location: Inland from coast between Cardiff and Solana Beach Trail Use: Hiking, running, dog walking Distance & Configuration: Up to 4 miles out-and-back if you combine distances on both the East Basin and Rios Avenue trailhead paths Elevation Range: Sea level to just above sea level Facilities: No facilities at the main trailheads; access to water and restrooms at the lagoon’s nature center on the north shore Highlights: Five plant communities thrive within a small elevation range; plenty of bird-watching opportunities DESCRIPTION A great blue heron ambles on stilt legs across the reed-fringed shallows, stabbing occasionally at subsurface morsels of food.
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego by Jerry Schad