About the walk
The La Mesa Historic Porter Hill Walk in historic Downtown La Mesa is 1.2 miles long with level sidewalks and will transport you back in time when antiques, mom and pop businesses, and classic cars were a way of life. A favorite destination for San Diegans, residents for the past 100 years have enjoyed the small town feel, great cafes, street art, and murals. See the Central Congregational Church pipe organ donated in 1930 in memory of Henry Porter at a cost of $6,500. See the plaque on the Wolfe Building at 3rd and La Mesa Blvd. and learn the Flying A Studios history of Allan Dwan, who directed 150 films in La Mesa. Dwan later directed greats such as Lon Chaney Sr., Shirley Temple, and was the director of The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) with John Wayne (filmed at Camp Pendleton). If you schedule the walk Thursday night, Classic Car Night begins at 6pm during the summer. This route consist of pathways, a few stairs with slight incline and some missing sidewalk.