15215 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA
ABOUT THE HIKE: We hike the historic "Seven Bridges Walk" in San Diego. Most of these bridges were constructed as part of the San Diego's trolley car system that was the city's primary means of transportation between 1888-1949. This two hour urban hike is 5.5 miles with about 200 feet of elevation gain/loss through beautiful Balboa Park and surrounding neighborhoods. The tour begins on the east side of Park Boulevard at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden... across the first bridge in Balboa Park heading toward the San Diego Natural History Museum passing museums and lily pond... across the second 1914 Laurel Street Bridge being the first multiple arched cantilever bridge built in California... across the third bridge known as the First Avenue bridge, built in 1931 and still the only steel arch bridge in the city... across the fourth Quince Street bridge, a wooden trestle bridge built in 1905 at a cost of $1000... across the fifth 1912 Spruce Street suspension bridge... across the sixth 1995 Vermont Street bridge that replaced the 1916 wooden trestle bridge... across the seventh 1914 concrete bridge now designated as a national landmark... and back to Park Blvd.
We will be taking Amtrak from Irvine Amtrak Station to San Diego-Santa Fe Station (SAN) and then catch a bus to Balboa Park. We will do the bus and train on the way back. We are taking Amtrak train # 564 at 8:26 a.m. to San Diego and coming home we will take Amtrak train #785 at 4 p.m. The train is not dog friendly, but the walk is dog friendly. The round trip cost of the train is $58.00, not including tax or whatever else they add on. The cost of the day pass for public transportation in San Diego is, I believe, $5. We will get back to Irvine about 5:50 p.m.
Trudi's cell phone is[masked]-4491.
We will grab lunch as we walk around.
DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.