Trail 1: 32.974722, -117.036090
Trail 2: 32.953792, -117.041289
Trail 3: 33.001289, -117.057999
Entrance (Midland Rd. & Norwalk St.) This path will take you from Midland & Norwalk to Tierrra Bonita Rd. which is a stone's throw from Twin Peaks Rd. Coordinates: 32.974722, -117.036090
It is not uncommon to come across horses:
There's a trail off the main path we like to take here that leads you to what I call a fairy land (if you explore winter thru Spring). Summer is far drier though still pretty. These first few shots are taken in the summer. Look for a path to your right shortly after you begin your hike:
You'll cross a little stream. Emma took one look at that plank and thought "Uh uh, no way am I walking across that!"
Once you make it across, look for the symbols someone painted on. We've found 2 but there may be more:
I've noticed the main path has really soft dirt making it hard for smaller dogs to breathe! Here we are taking a break. It was also hot this day:
And finally, we decided to carry her because of the dust and heat:
Here is the same trail in early March:
There are some nice, big rocks perfect for relaxing and having a picnic. :)
The flowers were just beginning to bloom
I did a little investigating up the hill. One day I will hike more of it.
We carried our dog, Sage, through the tall grass to avoid any snakes or ticks that may be hiding! The grass is quite tall out here meaning it looks beautiful but you never know what lays beneath. Best to invest in some tall hiking boots and of course wear pants. She was not happy that she had to be carried. What dog doesn't want to run through a field like this?
The 2nd path we found begins on Community Rd. The closest cross st. is Poway Rd. Coordinates: 32.953792, -117.041289. This path is next to the Poway Creek and appears to go quite far according to Google Maps. We took it to the dog park which is at the Communty Park off Poway Rd.:
I spy blackberries! There's a whole field of them out there. Maybe you'll get lucky and they'll be in season! Keep your eyes peeled!
There are several bridges going across the creek here:
Prickly Pear. Not easy to harvest, lemme tell you!
The third trail we've found has a random starting point on Pomerado Rd. This will take you up a trail alongside some medical centers and senior citizen facilities. Once you hit the end of the trail, go left into the residential neighborhood. Take your first right up the hill which will quickly dead end into a trail up the mountain. This trail offers a pretty view and a whole slew of trails throughout the hills!
Coordinates: 33.001289, -117.057999
It is on Pomerado Rd. with the closest cross street being Bernardo Heights Pkwy.
The trail is brief and you will eventually come to a retirement home ( The Gateway) on your right and an opening to a residential neighborhood to your left. Go left then head up the first hill to your right (street: Pedriza Dr.)
You will eventually hit a sidewalk leading up the mountain. Begin climbing!
Keep going! This hill is a nice, little workout:
The sidewalk then turns to dirt:
Once you're at the top, you'll see a sweet view:
Head west and you'll see a trail heading down the mountain. There will eventually be multiple trails you can take. One trail will lead right down almost to the exact path you began on initially. The other path will take you on a long adventure through the hills. We took the quick trail back down as we had other things to do this day. Fun times though!
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