By Jerry Schad
50 top brief Hikes: San Diego is the 1st booklet in a brand new model of a chain desert Press in the beginning introduced within the Nineteen Nineties. This 50 Best name activities a clean, smooth layout whereas conserving the unique inspiration: it is a guidebook for busy outdoors fans who wish attractive hikes to event in restricted spurts of time.
With all of its path distances tallying just 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 pill distances are whatever yet uninteresting or monotonous. as a substitute, myriad terrains beckon inside those pages. a few trails wind alongside the coast, others weave during the canyons, and nonetheless others ascend mountains or meander into forests.
Because of the possible distances and the various land- and seascapes offered right here, 50 top brief Hikes: San Diego additionally appeals to hikers with actual barriers and to households with young children. All readers...
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THE ROUTE You begin the beach journey at pint-size Swami’s Park. From the edge of the cliff, descend the 145 steep steps leading down the sheer slope to Swami’s Beach, which is rocky to the north and sandy to the south. Simply head south on the wide or narrow (depending on the tide level) strip of sand that soon becomes a part of San Elijo State Beach. During extreme low-tide episodes in winter, the water level recedes 50–75 yards from the base of the sea bluffs, exposing sandstone reefs rich in marine life.
38. Gaslamp Quarter Stroll among San Diego’s most complete collection of historic buildings, now part of the city’s liveliest entertainment district. VERY BEST BIRD- AND WILDLIFE-WATCHING 4. San Elijo Lagoon The waterway hosts birds of shoreline and coastal lagoon habitats, as well as small animals. 43. Imperial Beach At times, large flocks of seabirds congregate here. 49. Lake Murray From hawks and ravens in the sky to egrets and pelicans in the water to coyotes and rabbits on the ground—Lake Murray has it all.
However, Crest Road traverses one of Del Mar’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods, so there’s plenty of architectural and floral eye candy to look at. The landscaping includes outsize Torrey pines, which owe their height and girth here to the modern-day miracle of irrigation. 7 miles into the hike, make a sharp left from Crest Road onto 15th Street. You descend quickly to Camino Del Mar, which is the name of Pacific Coast Highway 101 as it traverses the city of Del Mar. Care for a cup of coffee or other refreshment here?
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego by Jerry Schad