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8 Bridges of San Diego


The 8 bridges of San Diego is a nice 12 mile 'n change walk around & through Balboa Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods with a detour through centre city...

Allow for about 5 hours 'n change, as the crow flies...

If it rains: the deal's off.


Some of the wildlife that may be encountered:

· Barracuda (somewhat rare species)

· Cougar

· Impala

· Jaguar

· Mustang

Although these beasts are seen as domestic: do not touch them. They are still wild animals.



They have about a 28 - 35 second crossing time. Also, this is where most wildlife encounters will occur.

If there is a great migration, we will have to cross in groups so as not to look like a herd of wildebeest (gnu) stampeding across a crocodile infested river.


We'll start out in Park West at the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge.

Next, we will go through University Heights, over the Vermont Street Bridge on our way to North Park.

There is a nice farmers market, after crossing the Vermont Bridge, that makes it easy for a quick stop to get coffee along the way... huh, P & P...

At North Park, we will turn south, over the Georgia Street Bridge.

Then by way of the San Diego Zoo, and crossing over the Park Street Bridge, we will go through Balboa Park & over Laurel Street to Park West and make our way to Little Italy & continue on to the Maritime Museum.

From there, we will go by way of Seaport Village to the Harbour Dr. Bridge & walk through The Gaslamp Quarter on our way to  the final two bridges on Bankers Hill where we will find the First and Quince Street Bridges.

There is a lot to see and will be sudden & frequent stops for print making, so don't forget to bring a camera...

We are in no hurry.


Leave your 8 track players at home. 

There will be plenty to hear in the surrounding city... work the crowd and talk to others in the group...


Wear comfortable clothing (come in costume, if you like) and a hat. Tennis shoes will be fine for this pilgrimage.

Also, bring a couple bottles of water and something to chew on.

Peanut butter cups are good to chew on !!!

Do NOT chew on your nails or anyone else's for that matter.  It is considered bad form & should be avoided.

Also, it is not recommended to chew on or eat one's own hat or anyone else's for that matter (see nail description above).




163 South: Exit 6th Ave/University Ave and continue straight for about 1/2 mile. Turn right on Spruce Street & continue straight. The bridge will be ahead of you at the intersection of Spruce & Front.


163 North: Exit Quince Street/Balboa Park. Turn right on 6th Ave and go two blocks up. Turn left on Spruce Street & continue straight. The bridge will be ahead of you at the intersection of Spruce & Front.



There are park facilities in Balboa Park at the corner of 6th Ave and Balboa Dr./Upas St.

After straying from the purer faith.. to get back on track; follow Balboa (one way street) south and Turn right on Quince Dr.

Turn right on 6th Ave.

Turn left on Spruce Street.




There is plenty of parking on the surrounding streets.


We will meet at the intersection of Spruce & Front at 8:45 am & start at 9:00 am, on the snout.


Those of you who know me: I'll be standing under the brown safari hat.

Those of you who do not know me: I'll be standing under the brown safari hat.


Keep the noise & celebration down while we are at the staging area; there are houses in the area.

Resume all silliness, barn yard antics & carrying on once we get the wagon train started...



Do NOT bring your dogs, cats, canaries, javeline, drama, +1’s or other pets.



No +1's or extra guests.

If you want to bring a friend along, local or long distance, just have them join the club.

This is an "at your own risk" event on lands accessible to the general public.

By joining this event: YOU are responsible for your conduct and safety and agree to free the event organizer, Mt. San Jacinto Hiking Club, any other organizers and agents associated with the club and this website from any and all liability.

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  • Matthew

    Lots of fun... great views, great conversations.

    January 13, 2014

  • Matela

    Hello, this is my first Meet up adventure. I am on the wait list but if I can join may I bring a friend?

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will have to miss it for the 12th... but looking forward to the next schedule!

    January 3, 2014

  • Rob

    8 Bridges has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 12, 2014

    January 3, 2014

  • Dennis B.

    Are you keeping the limit of attendees at 3? I would like to attend this hike.

    January 1, 2014

    • Dennis B.

      Thanks Rob ..... I look foward to the hike on Sunday.

      January 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for opening up the attendees. My daughter Alex is on waitlist. Would it be possible for her to join the group? Looking forward to the adventure.

      January 2, 2014

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