Marian Bear Park hike from the east end

Marian Bear Memorial Park is located in San Clemente Canyon stretching from Interstate 5 to Interstate 805. The park provides a natural setting in the midst of a bustling urban area. The 467 acres of dedicated natural parkland include finger canyons and mesas on the south side with a rich and diverse history.

In the late 19th century, this area was named Clemente Canyon for a native American rancher. During the 1970's nature's balance was threatened by plans to place State Route 52 along the canyon floor.

Marian Bear, an active community leader and environmentalist, worked tirelessly to preserve the canyons in their natural state. She was the driving force behind realigning the highway from the canyon floor to the north hillsides. In the 1980's another community campaign resulted in an additional 72 acres in the southeast section for the present total of 467 acres.

We will enter off of a finger canyon down to the main canyon hike to the other end(west) and return the way we came.  it is mostly flat with a few very gentle inclines so good for beginners, young or older dogs. it is about 5 miles total.

please remember water, hat, sunblock and potty bags.

Directions:  805 N exit at Clairmont Mesa Blvd> head West at the 3rd intersection Longford st turn Right, at Conrad turn Left, then Right on Dawne, park anywhere near the corner of Dawne and Lehrer sts.  actually it is much easier than it sounds.

THERE IS A LOT OF POSION OAK IN THE CANYON.  It is not a problem as dogs stay on leash though.


@@@This is for Ranger Walker, please note that no where on the write up does it say this is an off leash hike. In fact there is a warning of lots of poison oak in the canyon but as dogs are on leash it will not be a problem. And I do look foward to meeting you at some point during our hike to say "HI".  @@@

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  • leanne

    Well an interesting start but a nice walk anyways. Glad Lola caught us. very nice to see everyone!

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll catch you all next time.

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will try to be there with Raylan. I'm leading a 15 mile hike Saturday. If I can't make it, I'll text Rebecca. Hope to see you all there.

    April 24, 2013

  • Lola

    Just 2 doxies

    April 24, 2013

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