Stelzer Park Trail

Moreno, California

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Stelzer Park features 314 acres of trails, campsites, picnic tables, and a small interpretive center nestled in the wooded ravine known as Wildcat Canyon. The park’s core area, right next to the parking lot, was designed to accommodate persons with disabilities, though all visitors and hikers are welcome. The park’s “friendliest” trail, the Riparian Trail, starts at the parking lot, parallels the stream bottom of Wildcat Canyon for 0.7 mile, and ends at a secluded picnic site. The trail is semishaded by a stream-hugging canopy of live oaks, some draped with filigrees of wild grapevines and poison oak vines. Those oaks (along with all the upper-elevation slopes of the park) were swept by the flames of the 2003 Cedar Fire, but they survived more or less intact.

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"Stelzer Park features 314 acres of trails, campsites, picnic tables, and a small interpretive center nestled in the wooded ravine known as Wildcat Canyon. The park’s core area, right next to the parking lot, was designed to accommodate persons with disabilities, though all visitors and hikers are welcome. The park’s “friendliest” trail, the Riparian Trail, starts at the parking lot, parallels the stream bottom of Wildcat Canyon for 0.7 mile, and ends at a secluded picnic site. The trail is semishaded by a stream-hugging canopy of live oaks, some draped with filigrees of wild grapevines and poison oak vines. Those oaks (along with all the upper-elevation slopes of the park) were swept by the flames of the 2003 Cedar Fire, but they survived more or less intact."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moreno
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: All year
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department
Local Maps: USGS San Vicente Reservoir
Driving Directions: Directions to Stelzer Park Trail

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May 2018