SD - Hike - City Heights Canyons Hike + Lunch

  • Sun, April 17, 2022
  • 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 4358 Manzanita Drive, San Diego, CA 92105

City Heights Canyons Hike + Lunch

Sunday, April 17, 2022

8:45 Meet up in City Heights 
9:00 Start the hike
12:00 Have lunch 
1:30 Finish the hike 
 2:00 Go our merry ways 


Event Lead: Brent Sammons (858.663.2865)

Why leave central San Diego to hike through beautiful green canyons? As if the short commute to this hike wasn’t motivation enough, we’ll end up at another hidden City Heights gem – Nate’s Garden Grill - for lunch. And, icing on the cake, you can bring your dog! (The trails and the restaurant’s outdoor seating area are dog friendly!)

Join us Sunday, April 17th, for an expert-led hike through 4 of the beautiful and all-too-secret canyons of City Heights. (See the attached map for canyon names.) In total, we’ll hike for about 4.5 miles, which will take us about 3 hours. There’ll be some elevation change, but just enough to take us in and out of the canyons. Difficulty is easy to moderate. 

And we’ll be making plenty of stops and water breaks, as Kindra Hixon of San Diego Canyonlands answers our questions and tells us all about the canyons, the gardens, the artwork, and the important restoration and education work that San Diego Canyonlands does! 

We’ll meet at point #1 on the map below – at the northwest end of Manzanita Place. (You might park near Clark Middle School, as it’s close to the starting point and basically where the hike ends.) We’ll proceed in the order of the numbers shown on the map. Near the end of our hike, we’ll stop for lunch at Nate's Garden Grill, which is #17 on the map. (Nate’s is just outside of the City Farmers Nursery, which is number 16.)

What to bring:

Please bring plenty of water (for you and your dog), sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, quality hiking shoes/boots, any snack/s you may want, any medications you may need, a face mask (for ordering inside the restaurant – they otherwise have outdoor seating), and weather-appropriate clothing. You’ll also want some cash for Nate’s – and perhaps even the nursery! (For those who haven’t been there, it’s a very unique nursery. They’ve even got goats and chickens!)

San Diego Canyonlands is a nonprofit based in City Heights. Since 2008, they’ve played a major role in restoring San Diego’s canyons and creeks to their natural habitat. Through stewardship volunteer events and their habitat restoration field crew, they’re dedicated to promoting, protecting, and restoring the San Diego canyons and creeks in perpetuity.

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