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New Park Trails System Makes Dog Walking Easy

Have you and your best friend grown weary of the same ol’ dog-walking routes along with their usual sights and scents? Well take heart my friends, because a newly marked trail system through Balboa Park offers hikers, bikers, joggers, and dog walkers plenty of new vistas to discover. The system lays out five pathways that encompass the full gamut of park topography, from roadways through charming neighborhoods that border the Park to steeply sloped canyon nature trails.


A good place to start is the new eight-foot trailhead gateway sign at Sixth and Upas, but if you download the map at you can start your trek anywhere along the five clearly marked routes that vary in difficulty. Just looking for a brisk, easy walk on level pavement? Then start with the 1.5-mile-long trail number one. After mastering this one, you can successively increase your distance and challenge through trails two, three, four, and five, which all, incidentally, pass by Nate’s Point Dog Park. (I would like to take credit for that one, but the planners were way ahead of me.)


And just when you think you’ve seen it all, look for new paths and trailhead signs to be added sometime down the road, so to speak.

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