The last couple weeks I’ve gone over to Tecolote Canyon to hike. There are several places to enter this park and I came in via Tecolote Rd. There is a parking area and a Nature Center there. Inside there are some live snakes, many displays about snakes, vegetation, trees, rocks, the geological make up and history of the canyon and much more. There is a classroom there that offers classes as well as various events that happen there such as birding walks and other activities, and workshops, even yoga classes. It is located at 5180 Tecolote Rd., San Diego, CA, 92110. You can contact the center by calling 858-581-9959. Here is the link to the trails : http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/pdf/tecolotetrailmap.pdf
It is a narrow coastal canyon, named for the many varieties of Owls that live there. It was dedicated on April 1, 1978. Historically, the Kumeyaay Indians lived there. There are 6.5 miles of trails for jogging, walking, and mountain biking. There is a garden behind the Nature Center, too. There are entrances off of Claremont Mesa Blvd., Genesse Ave. Mt. Etna Dr., Boyd Ave., and Tecolote Rd.
There are 2 main trails, one is mostly flat for quite awhile and is a dirt and gravel road that turns into mostly dirt and sometimes sand. This trail ends up running along next to the Golf course before it heads up and down hills. The other trail is quickly off to the right and called the Battle trail. I preferred this one as it is up and down and windy and more through trees and taller vegetation, closer to the side of the canyon. There are a couple trails that connect the two and a couple access points. The Battle trail joins the main trail as you head more east and north. Along the way there are other trails that lead up to the top of the canyon walls. At times you see houses on the hills and other times, especially on the Battle Trail, it feels like you are more out in nature.
Here are some photos of the main trail:
This is the California Bush Sunflower
This is a Lemonade Berry Bush which can grow up to 10 feet tall. The Natives made a lemonade out of the berries.
Lovely old tree
On the trail side of the fence you’ll see California Sage Brush
This is a tall old Eucalyptus tree
The Immaculta Parish at the University of San Diego is up on the hill.
The Golf Course along side the trail.
Trail that goes up to the Linda Vista area.
On one hike I walked on the main path then turned around and walked back to catch the Battle Trail at its Northeast entrance.
I took this amazing photo where this green light stream showed up in the photo. It didn’t show up in any other photos so I don’t think it has to do with my phone camera, or some reflection, as it goes the entire length of the canyon wall. Here are two photos, one the main photo and a close up, both without any manipulation or touch up from me. So if you have any ideas what it is let me know in the comment below….energy vortex? energy stream? ?????
I forget the name of these rock balancing sculptures.
Not sure what these plants are so if you know, let me know.
Another trail view.
This is the trail head for the Battle Trail that starts just after you pass the beginning part of the gravel/dirt road main trail that goes next to the enclosed garden behind the nature center.
So if you are in the area, come check it out. You can walk for 40 min, or hours, your choice!