Balboa Park

San Diego, California 92103

Balboa Park

Balboa Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Established in 1868, Balboa Park is one of the oldest dedicated recreation areas in the country. The park is home to fifteen major museums and a variety of themed gardens, performance venues, and the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. Its 1,200 acres and the diverse mix of horticulture, art, and culture are why Balboa Park has been named one of the Best Parks in the World by the Project for Public Places."

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50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"Balboa Park’s historic buildings, museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo have pretty much framed the site’s reputation for decades. What many visitors and even locals don’t know is that Balboa sprawls over a total of 1,200 acres, or nearly 2 square miles. That’s a lot of space to explore for the self-propelled traveler. Incremental improvements have taken place over the past several years throughout Balboa Park’s hidden spaces. Canyon slopes formerly choked with weedy undergrowth and once used as drug dens have been cleared out and made user-friendly and safer for local residents and tourists. Forgotten pathways have been reconstructed, and new landscaping has been installed." Read more
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"Balboa Park’s easternmost section isn’t well known among most San Diegans, let alone tourists. Local residents, along with local golfers, do know of several out-of-the-way features here: Golden Hill Park, Balboa Park Golf Course, Grape Street Dog Park, Switzer Canyon, and Bird Park. Exploring this spacious area is the goal of this hike, which follows Trail 22 in the Balboa Park trails system. You’ll be on a combination of unpaved trails (some briefly steep and rocky), sidewalks, and roadside shoulders." Read more

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Trail Information

San Diego
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Golf/Disc Golf, Birding
Additional Use
USGS Point Loma; park map available online at 6th-Upas.pdf
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018