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.