You’d assume a hiking trail beside a freeway wouldn’t be beautiful.
Not when it’s a trail through enormous willows, oaks and sycamores in San Clemente Canyon!
Marian Bear Memorial Park occupies this narrow canyon between North Clairemont and University City–and so does California State Route 52. But when you hike by the creek through the many trees, which conceal the freeway, you quickly tune out the muffled noise of traffic. Your mind is busy with the surrounding beauty.
Today around noontime I started from the Genesee Avenue trailhead and walked east. I passed under a freeway on-ramp, over stones in shallow muddy water, and entered a hidden paradise in the middle of the city.
The trail was easy. There were benches for resting. There was plenty of shade. I saw many birds. High above the trees I glimpsed a red-tailed hawk.
I saw families with smiling kids enjoying a day in nature. Bring water and sturdy shoes!
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