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Urban Trail Walk- Marion Bear Park about 3-4 miles

Easy mostly flat trail hike after the initial short steep access down from the cul-de-sac North end of Biltmore St. in North Clairemont.  Bring some cold water in a bottle! Hats and sunscreen recommended.

Wonderful forest-type canopy over the wide dirt trail alongside a dry little creek, until coming out into the main broad hiking trail in the center of San Clemente Canyon/Marion Bear Park.

Many huge sycamores and some oaks in this City open-space park with a wide main trail and small stream (mostly all dry now, summer) that had minnows and some orange crawdads if you are lucky/observant enough and go in the wetter season.

Birds of all kinds if you bring binos you may be able to ID a dozen species.

On previous hikes we saw lizards, rabbits, ducks, a rare iridescent golden bumble bee, a beehive, a huge great blue heron startled us there as it flew from a pond 15 feet away, and even a tiny snake a few months ago... Recently we had a closeup of a redhead woodpecker that popped out of its hollow and stared us down from a close branch.

Great place to exercise walk and commune with nature for a little while as we tune out any noise from H52 which runs along the North side of San Clemente Canyon.

Meet us by 4pm at the North end of Biltmore St, the trailhead is right there at the small brown post. Park in the cul-de-sac. Don't block anyone's driveway.

Dress appropriate for the weather/temp and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a bottle of water and camera, binos if you like to see birds up close.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks Steve for leading this hike. we had a really nice time and no skunks :)

    September 14, 2013

  • Steve

    We had a nice friendly talkative bunch walking those dirt trails today, saw a beehive and a trail left in the dust by a large snake that had crossed the dirt about 15 min after we had walked by there.

    September 14, 2013

  • Steve

    Today looks good for this casual meandering Urban Trail Walk, sunny and warm but not oven-like as last Sat. Come with hats and sunscreen on, and have that water bottle with you. Bring camera if you can, maybe we will see some animals besides birds down there. And nice to have some group pictures!

    September 14, 2013

  • Steve

    We usually get about a dozen friendly fast walkers from other walking groups to join us there.

    We all had a great time last Wednesday in the Coastal breezes along Mission Bay, about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of San Diego!
    We went the full Monty of 5.4 miles and got our usual great workout and met new friends. Some suggested doing these weekly, so I made them weekly for a while.
    Come along with us today and enjoy!

    September 9, 2013

  • may

    I wish it was early morning on Sundays usually better for me, but I try to make this one, hope to see you all, may

    September 9, 2013

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