By Jerry Schad
50 most sensible brief Hikes: San Diego is the 1st e-book in a brand new model of a sequence wasteland Press at the beginning introduced within the Nineties. This 50 Best identify activities a clean, smooth layout whereas keeping the unique suggestion: it is a guidebook for busy open air fans who wish attractive hikes to adventure in constrained spurts of time.
With all of its path distances tallying only one to eight miles, 50 top brief Hikes: San Diego showcases routes that may be accomplished in exactly an hour, a morning, or a day. yet those tablet distances are whatever yet uninteresting or monotonous. in its place, myriad terrains beckon inside those pages. a few trails wind alongside the coast, others weave in the course of the canyons, and nonetheless others ascend mountains or meander into forests.
Because of the possible distances and the varied land- and seascapes offered right here, 50 most sensible brief Hikes: San Diego additionally appeals to hikers with actual obstacles and to households with babies. All readers...
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THE ROUTE From the trailhead, follow the narrow, beaten-down path that swings right, parallel to the shore of Lake Hodges in the direction of the dam. Some mild ups and downs follow, with frequent views of the water below. At one point you pass a large, public works complex on the right. It houses electric pumps and generators that regulate the flow of water between Lake Hodges and the Olivenhain Reservoir, unseen on the high ridge above. Nearly 2 miles into the hike, you reach a point alongside the nearly century-old, concrete Lake Hodges Dam.
Descendants of Robert Daley, who settled in this valley in 1869, erected the house in 1928. Continue north another 200 yards past various outbuildings to the beginning of the dirt-road route signed JACK CREEK MEADOW. The elongated loop you follow—Jack Creek Meadow Loop Trail—takes you around the margins of a linear meadow, so narrow and so straight that it suggests some underlying, probably ancient fault structure. The meadow, lined with a dark-green row of coast live oaks and backed up by steep slopes shaggy with mature chaparral, looks impressive when seen in early-morning or late-afternoon light.
San Diego Zoo There is no end to the visual interest and diversions along the way. 39. Coronado Beach From a small child’s perspective, here is where an ocean of sand meets an ocean of seawater. VERY BEST SPRINGTIME WILDFLOWERS 18. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve The wildflowers common to inland San Diego County are well represented here. 19. Torrey Pines State Reserve Coastal-region wildflowers put on a flamboyant show. 50. Hollenbeck Canyon Wet winters yield early-spring wildflower spectacles. VERY BEST VISTAS 16.