Wilderness Gardens Preserve Trail

Pala, California

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Wilderness Gardens Preserve, a 676acre jewel of county open space near Pala, encompasses the grounds of an old ranch—the former retreat of Manchester Boddy, owner of a Los Angeles newspaper and developer of Descanso Gardens in Pasadena. As the years go by, the property looks less like a botanical showplace, and more like the wilderness that its name suggests. Intermixed with live-oak woodland and sycamores lining the San Luis Rey River flood plain you can see remnant exotics such as eucalyptus, camellias, roses, holly, bottlebrush, pyracantha, and oleander.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Wilderness Gardens Preserve, a 676acre jewel of county open space near Pala, encompasses the grounds of an old ranch—the former retreat of Manchester Boddy, owner of a Los Angeles newspaper and developer of Descanso Gardens in Pasadena. As the years go by, the property looks less like a botanical showplace, and more like the wilderness that its name suggests. Intermixed with live-oak woodland and sycamores lining the San Luis Rey River flood plain you can see remnant exotics such as eucalyptus, camellias, roses, holly, bottlebrush, pyracantha, and oleander.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pala
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: October through June
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department
Local Maps: USGS Pala
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilderness Gardens Preserve Trail

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