Last Tuesday, I went on a short trail called the Maple Canyon Trail. It is just past downtown, west of Balboa park. There are two trailheads, one across an old wood trestle bridge built in 1905, near Quince St. and 3rd. Parking on the east side of the trail is paid parking on the street but on the west side of the trail there are a few parking places on the side. It is a somewhat steep little hike down to begin the trail from there. The trail head at the other end is near Maple and Dove St. and is a more gradual level onto the trail, with neighborhood parking. I only saw one other person walking on the trail. It is short, only 15-20 min. one way, but a lovely walk with lots of green, trees and wild flowers. You also pass under the 1st. Ave.steel bridge built in 1931.
I heard about the trail via a blog I follow, so wanted to check it out. Here is the blog with a more detailed description and a link to a topo map of the trail.
Here is the wood trestle bridge you cross, the Quince Street Trestle, if you are on the east side of the trail. There is a small free book case at the beginning, as you can see in the photos on the Cool San Diego Sights blog.
Here is the beginning of the trail as you head down into the canyon, before getting to the wood bridge.
This is a view of the wood beams of the trestle bridge.
There’s a dry creek bed that runs along side of the trail. I don’t know if it ever has water in it.
Here’s another view of that creek bed. You can also see the 1st Street Bridge at the top.
The hills were so green and lush. Being a country girl and feeling lost in the city, it was nice to be able to get away, and in some place so close by. Although on the sides there were various houses in view and apartment complexes, if you cast your eyes on the nature views, you can pretend you are far from the city.
This is a particularly lush view.
These are some luscious poppies I passed along the way.
I just got a new phone a few weeks ago and am still getting used to using the editing app on the phone and then figuring out how to upload the pictures and have them turn out right side up. But I’m impressed with the photo quality.
Hope you have enjoyed this short stroll and get-a-way in the midst of the city.