Battle Monument Trail

San Pasqual, California

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This small park includes one significant hike, starting with a short, self-guiding nature trail on the slope just behind the visitor center. After about 0.2 mile on that, you can continue west on the Battle Monument Trail across dry slopes and reach a hilltop ramada and bench after about 0.5 mile. Thickets of prickly pear cactus dot the slope, their ripe red fruits bulging by the hundreds during the fall season. From the ramada the broad, flat San Pasqual Valley spreads before you. Most of the valley is a designated agricultural preserve within the city limits of San Diego—which is why it is not filled with subdivisions. In the opposite direction you can spot parts of the Wild Animal Park, and often some of the large animals that roam more-or-less-free there.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

This small park includes one significant hike, starting with a short, self-guiding nature trail on the slope just behind the visitor center. After about 0.2 mile on that, you can continue west on the Battle Monument Trail across dry slopes and reach a hilltop ramada and bench after about 0.5 mile. Thickets of prickly pear cactus dot the slope, their ripe red fruits bulging by the hundreds during the fall season. From the ramada the broad, flat San Pasqual Valley spreads before you. Most of the valley is a designated agricultural preserve within the city limits of San Diego—which is why it is not filled with subdivisions. In the opposite direction you can spot parts of the Wild Animal Park, and often some of the large animals that roam more-or-less-free there.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Pasqual
Length: 1
Elevation Gain: 240 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: .5 hour
Season: All year
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
Local Maps: USGS San Pasqual
Topo Map: Battle Monument Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Afoot & Afield: San Diego County Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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