Phone: (619) 235-1123
Hike: 3 mile loop Elevation Gain: 200 feet Skill Level: Easy
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Florida canyon has been well preserved as what San Diego must have looked like hundreds of years ago. Native shrub such as sage-scrub and other chaparral vegetation will be present throughout your hike. Recently, the park was upgraded to appeal for bicyclists as well with ascents and descents and irregular surfaces. This is a great training area for bikers and joggers. For those drawn to more colorful beauty, keep your eyes peeled! There is a secret tunnel with graffiti and on the northeast end, many non-native plants have been planted. It is like a small, tropical oasis!
This is actually an extension of Balboa Park, along with Golden Hill Park and the Marston Canyon, which many don't realize. I visited in late winter when all the flowers were beginning to bloom so we had an enjoyable and colorful experience. There are a ton of trails, great for biking with slight endurance. You'll probably have to cross several streets to continue on your hike so be safe! There are many entrances, we happened to enter from Upas street.
If you enter the canyon from Upas St. (cross street Park Blvd.) you will be greeted with the most colorful variety of plants. I counted probably 20 different varieties, making this a really beautiful beginning to our hike. These were all planted a long time ago by a man named Jesus who is now in his 80's (I was told this by one of the neighbors).