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article number 628
article date 01-17-2017
copyright 2017 by Author else SaltOfAmerica
Southern California Winter Hiking Part 1, Beautiful City Hike? . . . San Diego’s Lake Miramar
by Stu Moment
   

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About 15 miles north of Downtown San Diego, off Interstate 15 you’ll find a modern miracle . . . that is, as modern as the creation of reservoirs.

Reservoirs dot the nation and some, especially in hilly or mountainous areas, provide extra nice scenery.

Lake Miramar, while not in Downtown San Diego, is next to a heavily populated area yet it provides a very scenic experience. A hill on the west side isolates it from the frantic hustle of city/suburban life.

   

End Landscaping? We are on Mira Mesa Boulevard leading up to the curvy Scripps Ranch Blvd which surrounds the western half of Lake Miramar. On the other side of the hill is Lake Miramar . . . well landscaped!

To the north of Mira Mesa Boulevard and starting one block south of our location you’ll find a variety of restaurants . . . tasty ways to replace the calories you lost during the hike.

   

You can drive to the parking on the south side but this hike started and ended at the restaurants, adding 2 miles to the 5 mile trek around the lake.

   

We entered walking up the hill on the west side: "Keep you dog at least 50 feet from the water?" Oh well . . . this is a city hike . . . city dogs are used to rules.

   

We are on top of the hill which we saw in the first "End Landscaping" picture. Residences on the right . . . the lake will appear on the left.

   

First glimpse of Lake Miramar.

   
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The lake appears on the left and we view quite a variety of plant life as well.

   
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Note the cactus on the left side of the previous picture. The next picture gives a closer view.

   
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Down at the shore . . . Dad has given Mom the afternoon off from the kids.

   

The dog is hamming it up for this picture. He must be a cool 70’s dog since he is ignoring both, the 50 foot from the water rule and the leash rule (some dogs are quite smart but still can’t read). The next picture is the same but with available 1920 wide, "wallpaper" (screensaver) format.

   
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More interesting scenery will be seen on the east and north side but first we note more available family fun.

   

A boat ramp on the south side means that you can bring in your own boating recreation or you can rent motor-boats or kayaks as seen on the pier.

Now we will continue to the great looking eastern half.

   
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Palm Trees and Cactuses? . . . Southern California!

   
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High Pacific clouds give the appearance of a sunset with an hour left in the day.

   
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The residences come back into view. We must be done circling the lake.

   
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There were no challenging paths . . . just long and scenic. Time to choose a restaurant: - Turkish, - Asian, - American . . . and gain back some lost calories.

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