Classic California Wilderness
subject to seasons and rain
canyonside community park
Huge sycamores, white fences, cacti, wildflowers (seasonal), and gorgeous brush. One of my favorite locations!
parking easy (except late Nov-Dec)
can get crowded during holidays, but big enough to pick new spots
can stay on trail or go off
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Hiking trail featuring a tree tunnel, tall grass, and a view (hike all the way or just stay at the bottom)!
parking in a free lot (usually available except for new years resolution time)
Overlooking Blacks Beach, near UCSD
See the gliders take flight at the blacks beach overlook and take the trail down to the sand, or just stay on the cliffs! I’ve never taken pictures there, but have been there before.
usually decent parking
Note: nude beach
Santa Margarita Trail
This trail in Fallbrook has everything: a river, trees, rocks, and wildlife.
This place is huge, so it kind of depends what you want. Mini lakes, tall grasses, open fields and lots of hidden areas.
Tree-filled canyon and mesa trails near University City. I’ve never been there but I’ve heard it’s beautiful!
A barn, an overlook, trees, and tall grass. I’ve never been there but I’ve heard it’s beautiful!
LOS JILGUEROS PRESERVE
Fallbrook preserve touts wildflowers, trees, tall grass, rusty wagons, wildlife, and real water (seasonal). I’ve never been there but I’ve heard it’s beautiful!