Tocolote Canyon Natural Park Professional Review and Guide
"Tecolote Canyon Natural Park is a peaceful 900-acre refuge surrounded by urban development in the communities of Clairmont, Bay Park, and Linda Vista. The natural park, just north of San Diego, is named for the owl that makes its home in the canyon. Seasonal Tecolote Creek meanders for miles through the canyon on its journey to the east shore of Mission Bay, less than a mile away. Large groves of live oak, willow, and sycamore trees line the canyon floor, with chaparral and coastal sage scrub covering the hillsides. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including coyote, fox, bobcat, roadrunners, hawks, quail, and doves. The dog-friendly park has 6.5 miles of trails that connect from 9 trailheads. This hike begins at the main (south) entrance by the nature center at the mouth of the canyon. The hike explores the southern section of the park through open meadows and lush riparian thickets."