My grandparents played an important role in my life. They were a tremendous example of living a meaningful, thoughtful life. They stayed active throughout the years. And they were always there with advice, or to listen, or to share the most valuable thing of all — time.
Last December, my grandmother passed away at the age of 95. Up to the end, she walked several times a week, lived in a regular neighborhood home which she kept up herself.
As we were going through the books, artwork, photos and other memories at her place, I came across a well-worn 1986 copy of Jerry Schad’s Afoot and Afield in San Diego County (the first edition). Being an avid hiker, this struck a sentimental chord with me, but what I really liked were the faded strips of paper used to bookmark their favorite hikes.
In honor of their memory, I’m hiking my grandma and grandpa’s favorite trails in San Diego County.
In contrast to many of the LA area mountain hikes, these are easier and more family-friendly, which manageable distance and elevation gains.
Which hiking trails in San Diego County were their favorites?
Here’s the list:
- La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines Beach – 5 miles
- Lake Poway Loop – 2.5 miles
- Lopez Canyon – 4 miles
- Doane Valley Nature Trail
- Cedar Creek Falls – 4.5 miles
- Azalea Glen Trail – 3 miles
- Rock Tanks Loop – 7.5 miles
- Bow Willow Canyon – 7.5 miles
This mixture of trails provides a great tour of San Diego hiking, from the stunning coastline to the serenity of the desert. There are waterfalls, views and forest. And as I hike along these trails, I’ll be walking with the memory of my grandparents close to my heart.