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Benefits of Walking

Reprinted from AARP Magazine 2017





October 2017


These walks repeat every week this month at the same location, day and time. 


10:00 am

CROWN POINT AREA BECKONS. Start out your week with beautiful scenic views of Mission Bay and nearby homes as a guest leader takes the group on a moderate to moderate-plus flat walk for about 2 hours with a pause for coffee or yogurt. Take I-5 to Grand Ave. and go west to Lamont St., turn left on Lamont St., then right on Crown Point Dr. to meet at the west end of the parking lot by the park’s southern end restrooms. To use public transit, take the trolley to Old Town and board the #9 bus at 9:10, get off at La Cima Dr. and walk 3 blocks east to the parking lot. Rain cancels. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.


7:00 am

SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK TRAIL. In partnership with the SD River Park Foundation "Park Watch" Program, join us in Mission Valley for a moderate walk by the river along the north/south paved trails from Fashion Valley Road to Camino Del Este or Qualcomm Way for 4-5 miles round-trip. During the walk we will be reporting any encampments, trash, debris, graffiti or lights out to City and SDRPF. Meet at north entrance of the pedestrian bridge (across from Fashion Valley trolley stop). Rain Cancels. John N. (619) 772-8855.

6:30 pm

Mission Bay Sunsets. Walk leaves promptly at 6:30. Rain cancels. Enjoy the cooler evening air and beautiful views of Mission Bay! Join us for a flat but fairly fast-paced moderate to moderate-plus walk along the shores of Mission Bay. Take I-5 and go west on Clairemont Dr. to meet at the former Visitors Information Center. Teri E. (858) 560-0446 or Jill F. (858) 292-4231.


10:00 am

MISSION BEACH NORTH & SOUTH. Walk the beach or the bay and stop for coffee near the end of this moderate-plus or moderate flat walk. Meet at the Belmont Park ticket booth off of Mission Blvd. To use public transit, ride the trolley to Old Town, and then take the #8 bus at 9:40 to Mission Blvd. arriving at 9:54, and walk across the street. Rain cancels. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.

10:00 am

SHELTER ISLAND WALK & TALK BUNCH. Join Sandra, Sally and Friends for a casual+ walk from the Bali Hai Restaurant to the Friendship Bell and back on flat sidewalks (about 2.5 miles round trip; 60-70 minutes including pit stop). Breathe delicious ocean air and enjoy dynamic bay and city views from ships to sea lions. Meet new friends at east end of the island to the right of the Bali Hai by the lamp post and hand rails, where we will stretch for a few minutes. Ample free parking. If you're late, drive down the island and join us along the way. Take the #28 bus and walk approximately 3 blocks to the Bali Hai, Optional eats afterward. Heavy rain cancels. Join us - just for the health of it! Sally R. (619) 222-3800.


8:15 am

MERRY GO-ROUND. Start from the carousel in Balboa Park and join us on one of the most scenic walks in San Diego. Our moderate-plus walk encompasses the harbor, downtown, Bankers Hill and bridges depending on size of group and mood. Allow 3 hours, which includes a coffee break. Meet Rick in lot near carousel at Park Blvd. and Zoo Pl. (858) 565-7212.

Wednesdays & Saturdays Hikes

Time: TBA

San Dieguito River Walk along Crosby Estates and Lusardi Canyon

WILDERNESS HIKE. Bring lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and lug-soled shoes. “First timers" must call the leader. All participants must be well prepared for trail conditions and able to keep pace with the group. Check as unusual conditions may cause the hike to be moved or canceled. Please contact the relevant hike leader as noted with questions.

Crosby National Golf Club

Contact Information

Oct 4

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Oct 7

Bob W: or 760-730-2349

Oct 11

Mike L: or (858) 455-0738

Oct 14

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Oct 18

No Hike - Santa Barbara outing

Oct 21

Bill: (619) 206-5809 or

Oct 25

Stan H: (619) 448-1668 before 6 pm or

Oct 28

Bob R: (760) 728-8232 or





Sunday, October 1

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ON SHELTER ISLAND. Ships and seagulls will delight us as we walk as far around Shelter Island as we wish at our own speed. Time out to pet cute dogs. The walk is mostly flat, but we might go along the shore and some might go up the hill for the views. Optional breakfast follows to eat and chat. Meet at Shelter Island Dr. and Anchorage Ln. This intersection is served by the 6:45 #28 bus. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, October 2

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: LAKE MURRAY. Walk at your own pace for 1 hour on a mostly flat path around the lake. Drive through the main entrance to Lake Murray at the end of Kiowa Dr. off Lake Murray Blvd. Meet in the main parking lot on the left as you approach the lake. Optional breakfast follows. Betty (858) 248-3782.




Thursday, October 5

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: PACIFIC BEACH BOARDWALK. Let’s take a moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain and enjoy the fresh air, early morning breeze and beautiful sunrise where we can look forward to good company, chatting and an optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Saturday, October 7

10:00 am

Balboa Park Florida Canyon. Join us on a casual two-mile loop on dirt trails through Florida Canyon. There are some up and down sections as we go through the canyon. Meet at the Morley Field Gateway sign just North of the Bud Kearns Swimming Pool at 2229 Morley Field Dr. Bring sturdy shoes. Rain cancels. Roger L. (619) 299-0489.

6:00 pm

SPARKLING LIGHTS OF BALBOA PARK. A one-hour casual walk through Balboa Park will take us past various evening activities and many bright lights as well as into serene garden areas. At the end of the walk we'll check out the possibility of light refreshments at Panama 66 or Lady Carolyn's Pub although service is not always available at these venues. Meet Stella and Derek at the tables near the entrance to the Japanese Friendship Garden. (619) 232-3756.

Sunday, October 8

7:15 am

Balboa Merry Go Round
Balboa Merry Go Round

BREAKFAST SPECIAL IN BALBOA PARK. The park is beautiful any time of the year with many paths to explore on this flat walk at your own pace. Eating and chatting afterward (Greek?) is optional but great fun. Meet at the carousel on Park Blvd. at Zoo Pl. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.





Monday, October 9

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: inlet AT LIBERTY STATION. Join Edie for a moderate, 1-hour walk on mostly paved, level paths. We’ll meet in the parking area near the river at the south end of Womble Rd. From the south, take I-5 to the Pacific Hwy. exit, veer to the left onto Barnett Ave., turn left into Liberty Station, turn left at Womble Rd. From the north or east, take the Rosecrans St. exit, proceed several miles until you see Vons on your left – Womble Rd. is the next left turn. Optional breakfast follows. (619) 313-7818.

Thursday, October 12

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION HILLS. We’ll discover what’s new in one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain. Meet Connie at Goldfinch St. and Fort Stockton Dr., which is 1 block north of West Washington St. Optional breakfast afterward. (619) 477-8628.

Friday, October 13

4:00 pm

MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Join us for great views and picturesque homes of this old neighborhood on a 1-hour casual walk for about 2.5 miles on flat terrain. We will enjoy the late afternoon views. Meet at 1920 Ft. Stockton Dr. From Washington St., go north on Goldfinch St. and west about a mile on Ft. Stockton Dr. Rain cancels. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.

Saturday, October 14

7:15 am

LATE BIRDS. For those of us who can't get up in time for the Sunrise Series, Anna T. will lead a flat 1-hour walk at your own pace around Pacific Beach, followed by an optional breakfast. Take the #30 bus at 6:45 from Old Town, exit at Mission Blvd. Meet in front of Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Rain cancels. (619) 231-7463.





Sunday, October 15

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ALONG EAST MISSION BAY. Let’s take a flat walk at your own speed to see the birds, boats, and views. Optional breakfast and chatting follow. Meet on Mission Bay Dr. by the restrooms just south of Clairemont Dr. If the road/parking lot is closed for an event, meet in the restaurant parking lot at Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. to walk along the river or Old Town. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, October 16

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: UPTOWN/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS. Let’s walk over the bridge and wander past these historic homes and modern drought resistant gardens for 1 hour at a moderate pace on mostly flat terrain. We’ll meet by the entrance to the pedestrian bridge behind Trader Joe’s. Turn north off University Ave. at Vermont St. into the parking lot. Pat K. (619) 469-6223

Tuesday, October 17

2:00 pm

Mission Hills Rim. As we explore the streets and cul-de-sacs of northwest Mission Hills, along the rim overlooking Mission Valley, we will admire beautiful early 20th century Prairie, Craftsman, Mission, and Spanish Revival homes, and discover some streets that are almost concentric circles. Meet at the corner of W. Lewis and Lark Sts (Bus #83 stops there) for a 1-1/2 hour casual-to-moderate walk that includes some hills. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095

Thursday, October 19

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: NORTH PARK. Meet Frances at the restaurant at 3949 Ohio St. just north of University Ave., where there is plenty of parking, for this casual to moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain. This neighborhood is a walker’s paradise, where daily errands do not require a car. From I-805, exit at University Ave. and head west to Ohio St. Optional breakfast afterward. (619) 479-3962.



Sunday, October 22

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL IN PACIFIC BEACH. Before the crowds arrive, walking in Pacific Beach can be delightful. We’ll walk along the ocean admiring the waves on a flat walk at your own speed and then return by the same route. Meet at the west end of Garnet Ave. by Crystal Pier. From Old Town Transit Center, take the #8 bus at 6:30. Rain cancels or postpones. Optional breakfast follows, perhaps overlooking the ocean. Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, October 23

6:30 am

Sunrise Series: MARINA VILLAGE. This is a very flat 1 hour walk at a moderate pace with beautiful views where many sport fishing boats are moored. Take the I-8 to the west end, left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd., right at the light (W. Point Loma Blvd.), then right at Bacon St. (stop sign) to the parking lot by the restrooms at Robb Field. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

Thursday, October 26

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: THE BRIDGES OF BANKER’S HILL. Meet at the southeast corner of Juniper St. and First Ave. We will see if we can cross at least 3 of the bridges of Banker’s Hill. We can definitely make the suspension bridge on Spruce St. for an early morning sway. So put on your walking shoes and join Edie for a moderate walk to work up an appetite for a breakfast spot we haven’t visited for a while. (619) 313-7818.

Friday, October 27

4:00 pm

MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Join us for great views and picturesque homes of this old neighborhood on a 1-hour casual walk for about 2.5 miles on flat terrain. We will enjoy the late afternoon views. Meet at 1920 Ft. Stockton Dr. From Washington St., go north on Goldfinch St. and west about a mile on Ft. Stockton Dr. Rain cancels. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.

Sunday, October 29

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL ALONG ADAMS AVE. Interesting homes and views along the edge of Mission Valley will greet us on this flat, moderate walk. Optional breakfast follows. Rain cancels or postpones. Meet at 30th St. and Adams Ave. Pat's Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, October 30

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SOUTH SHORE. Meet at the South Shores Boat Launch just east of Sea World on Mission Bay. Hopefully we’ll see some rabbits and the great sea birds there. Take I-5 to Sea World Dr. and go west to the South Shores Boat Launch Ramp area. Watch for the sign, it is not very prominent. We’ll meet at the restrooms at the boat launch. Optional breakfast follows this moderate, flat 1-hour walk. Winnie (858) 278-4003.


Tuesday, October 31

6:30 pm

Annual Halloween Walk. We'll meet and take a casual walk from Trolley Barn Park near the corner of Adams Ave. and Florida St. (#11 bus stops there). One intersection in University Heights becomes mobbed with trick-or-treaters only on this night. It's about a 3-mile roundtrip to see all the set designer sights around Maryland St. and Meade Ave. Costumes are optional; walk will be crowded but unique! Sharon N. (619) 298-4340.


Flashlights should be kept handy on evening or early morning walks. They help you not only to see, but to be seen. In case of emergency please carry ID and medical information.