Louis A. Stelzer County Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Louis Alexander Stelzer, born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, in 1881, enjoyed a long and successful career as a building contractor and architect in San Diego and Los Angeles. He purchased this property in the 1940s as a weekend retreat he called Shadow Mountain Ranch. When he died at age 91 in 1972, he deeded this property to the county to provide outdoor education and recreation experiences for the children of San Diego. True to Stelzer’s wishes, this popular county park features a variety of organized and self-paced activities for kids of all ages, including the Kids in Parks Track Trails program.
The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation operates Louis A. Stelzer County Park, known simply as Stelzer Park, which devotes 420 acres to trails. A core area of campsites, picnic tables, and a small interpretive center nestle in the shady bottom of a steep ravine known as Wildcat Canyon. That area, next to the parking lot, was designed to accommodate persons with disabilities, though all visitors are welcome."