Mira Mesa Gets Into Nature

Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail - 1As of August 8th, residents of Mira Mesa have one fewer reason to stay indoors: the Camino Ruiz Trail has opened! The Camino Ruiz Trail is the first trail to connect the Mira Mesa community to the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. The trail begins at Camino Ruiz Park where approximately 50 people gathered earlier this month to celebrate its opening. The crowd included hikers, bikers, Boy Scouts, conservationists, councilman Carl DeMaio and representatives from Friends of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, a volunteer organization which has been helping to protect the preserve for nearly 25 years.

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is one of the largest urban parks in the United States and Mira Mesa residents are fortunate to have it right in their backyard. The preserve stretches about 7 miles from the I-5 and 805 merge to just east of the I-15 and includes roughly 4,000 acres of both Peñasquitos and Lopez Canyons.

The enormous preserve offers hiking and biking trails among picturesque scenery. With a waterfall spilling from volcanic rock, marshes teeming with myriad of water bird species, stately trees along peaceful streams and a multitude of wildlife, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is a perfect way to get out of the busy city life and enjoy nature for awhile.

The Camino Ruiz Trail began as a migrant path. It starts at the Camino Ruiz Park and is a little over half a mile long ending in a beautiful oak-shaded valley. The opening of the trail is a momentous occasion because up until now, the only ways a Mira Mesa resident could access the Preserve was either from Black Mountain Road or six miles away in Sorrento Valley. Neither access point was nearly as convenient as the Camino Ruiz Trail is.

 

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