This walk starts at the southern point of Lower Otay Lake Reservoir at Otay Lake County Park and is approximately 3.4 miles of dirt trails one way. It should take about 2.5 hours. You will pass the United States Olympic Training Center about a mile in, then north to the Upper Otay Lake “Old” Dam, a favorite family picnic location for generations. Return back on the same trail to the County Park.
If you would like to walk just one way (shortening the trip to approximately 1.5 hours), take an MTS bus to or park at the Otay Ranch Town Center (bus routes 703, 707, and 709 serve the mall; routes 703 and 709 connect to the trolley's Blue Line at H Street Transit Center), where the remarkable selection of restaurants and stores are never too crowded, even during the holiday season. From the mall, take a taxi or rideshare 2 miles east down Olympic Parkway to Otay Lakes County Park, and be sure to make arrangements for a pickup at the other end of the trail at Otay Lakes and Wueste Rd after you visit the Old Otay Lake Dam.
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Mission Bay is a regional asset and offers residents and visitors an array of outdoor activities. The South Shore Park, where you begin the walk, is a new addition, improving the pedestrian access and connectivity along the bay. Mission Bay is a man-made park, developed by the dredging of the San Diego River overflow channel. Its development has provided residence with an escape from the urban density and fast paced life within the urban core.
While walking along the pedestrian path in South Shore Park make sure to appreciate the new pedestrian infrastructure. These types of improvements are needed all around the region but must be used to be approved. The South Shore area is also an endangered species site; keep an eye out for native birds and animals.
On your walk you can people watch, converse with a friend, or peacefully enjoy the beautiful environment. The park offers magnificent sunsets, places to have a picnic, and views of the surrounding communities and ocean.
All ages are suitable to take parts of this walk; the terrain is of easy difficultly, although the distance is rather long. To travel the entire distance, walkers should be able to handle moderate difficultly. Mission Bay is great for kids, couples, friends and families to walk, talk and forget the clock.
This walk is approximately eight miles long (there and back) and should take around two and a half hours to complete. The walk route consists of generally flat pedestrian pathways and some dirt paths near Fiesta Island.
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This 5-mile walk takes through the heart of Lemon Grove, showcasing some of the city’s most unique characteristics. You’ll pass by the Orange Line Trolley, the Lemon Grove Statue, City Hall, City Center Park, the Historical Society, the Library, Firefighters Park and much more. If you’ve never seen it or even if you have, make sure to check out the city’s lemon statue built in the early 1900’s. You’re not going to want to miss City Center Park, whose beautiful historic setting offers a serene place to sit back and relax. If you enjoy history make sure to check the business hours for the Historical Society and plan your walk accordingly.
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This 2.4 mile round-trip walk is perfect to enjoy a beach picnic or dine at one of the superb restaurants nearby. Level sidewalks and bike paths make this walk perfect for anyone on wheels. The panoramic views of Pt. Loma and the Bay blend into seascapes of the Coronado Bridge and downtown. Warning: Dogs are not allowed on this walk.
In the early 1600s, Spanish explorers named the islands “The Coronados”. By 1821 land grants were issued by Governor Pio Pico for "the island or Peninsula in the Port of San Diego." Then five months later it was sold to an American for $1,000. The Hotel del Coronado, with its Queen Anne Revival Style and iconic red turrets, radiates elegant hospitality.
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The Hillcrest Historic Foot Bridge Walk is approximately 3 miles round trip, offering canyon paths, neighborhood sidewalks, and 3 pedestrian bridges. It should take about 1.5 hours to complete. This walk is unique and takes you back in time to get a sense of what pedestrians in the early to mid-1900's experienced and the facilities they were able to access through Hillcrest’s beautiful canyons. You will visit the Upas Street Foot Bridge (built in 1946), which leads over the Old Cabrillo Freeway to the Marston House. Then you’ll travel across the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge, engineered by Edwin Capps and built in 1912, before making your way to the Quince Street Foot Bridge built in 1905. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as parts of this walk have steep dirt inclines and steps.
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This 1.8-mile walk is comprised of sidewalks with well-defined dirt paths through the Silver Strand State Park. Loews Coronado Bay Resort is located just north of the Coronado Cays and south of the state park. There are restrooms, benches, and picnic tables along the way on both the ocean and bay side. Rich railroad history in San Diego is abundant but nowhere more so than here, where a steam train ran through the area connecting the Hotel del Coronado with the Coronado Pier, Imperial Beach, the South Bay Saltworks, National City, and San Diego. In 1931, Spreckels Holding Company gave the land that became Silver Strand State Beach and State Park to the California State Parks Commission.
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This 3.4-mile walk is primarily comprised of level paved streets and bike paths traversing the finest tidelands and wildlife refuge in the world. As a result of development, most of the native wetland habitat has been lost over the past 150 years due to dredging and business operations. This resulted in the loss of 42 percent of San Diego Bay’s historic shallow sub tidal habitat, 84 percent of its intertidal mudflat habitat, and 70 percent of its salt marsh habitat. In recognition of the need to restore the Bay’s historic coastal habitats, a partnership of local, state, federal, and non-governmental agencies was formed. Awaiting discovery are the Salt Ponds, the Chula Vista Bay Front Master Plan Project Area and the magnificent views at Marina View Park.
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This 2.8-mile walk round-trip along the rail trail starts at Lemon Grove Depot Station, a stop on the San Diego Trolley's Orange Line. It is located in the suburb of Lemon Grove and serves the densely populated surrounding commercial area and residential community. This route consists of neighborhood sidewalks, streets, and dirt paths.
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This 2.2 mile (one-way) walk takes you through residential parts of the city. Tou’ll pass by three parks: Berry Park, Monterey Heights Park, and Lemon Grove Park. This route is great for morning meet up walks with friends or a morning run. Portions of this route do not have paved sidewalks, so be sure to watch your step, stay to the side of the road and look out for on-coming traffic.
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This 2.6-mile stroll along the Bayshore Bikeway begins at 10th Avenue, the location of the former South San Diego Boat Landing, of A land boom in 1887 resulted in the construction of Imperial Beach, built for people escaping the heat of the Imperial Valley. On the first bike bridge look south over Pond 20 stretching through Egger Highlands to Palm Ave. From the second bike bridge enjoy the expansive view of the Otay River winding its way through the tidelands to the Salt Ponds. The turning point, the Swiss Park and Club, is the location of the former Maria Arguello Wilson wooden home. The house was built in 1863 on her parent’s ranch, the Arguello’s Adobe, only 200 yards from the salt ponds in 1832. It was the oldest building in San Diego until it was torn down to build Interstate 5. This is the halfway point at 1.3 miles.
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