Month at a Glance


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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 *****NEW WEEKLY WALK!*****

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.

10:15 am

MORNING STROLL IN BALBOA PARK. Meet at the Senior Lounge across from the Museum of Photographic Arts to walk at a casual pace through beautiful Balboa Park for about 45 minutes. Terrain is flat and mostly paved. Stay after for optional coffee. For public transit, use the #7 bus. Rain cancels. Mary T. (619) 291-1349.

5:30 pm

Thursday Tromp. Meet in front of Bookstar in Costa Verde Shopping Center at 8650 Genesee Ave. for a friendly walk’n’talk for about 1½ hours at a moderate-plus pace through neighborhoods, parks, and canyon trails all around UTC and UCSD areas. Rain cancels. Kathy T. (858) 539-6888 or Barbara S. (858) 452-8832.


6:00 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.


8:15 am

walking merry go round san diegoMERRY 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. To use public transit, take the trolley to 3rd Ave. and C St. At 3rd Ave. and Broadway take the #7 bus at 7:42 or 7:48. Arrive at Zoo Pl. at 8:00 or 8:06. Meet Rick in lot near carousel at Park Blvd. and Zoo Pl. (858) 565-7212.

Hike Wednesdays & Saturdays

Time: TBA

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.


Contact Information

Aug 2

Mike L: or (858) 455-0738

Aug 5

Bob R: or (760) 728-8232

Aug 9

Don: or (760) 796-4007

Aug 12

Bill: or (619) 206-5809

Aug 16

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

Aug 19

Bill: or (619) 206-5809

Aug 23

Bob W: or (760) 730-2349

Aug 26


Aug 30

Jessica N:

Not exactly the Wilds on San Diego, but a beautiful view anyway




Thursday, August 3

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: South Bay. Meet Frances in the parking lot on the corner of National City Blvd. and 2nd St. as we visit Heritage Square, where the “Railroad Homes” and Kimball House are located, and the National City Library, which has a custom designed William Hubbell stained glass window. We’ll cut through Kimball Park, visiting the ARTS center on this casual to moderate 1 hour walk on flat terrain. From the north, take the I-5 south to Main St., make a left turn onto National City Blvd., go under the I-5 freeway and bear right at the arrow. Parking lot is about two blocks on your right. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. (619) 479-3962.

Friday, August 4

10:00 am

Balboa Park Marston Point Gateway. Meet at Sixth Ave. and Elm St. for a casual 1.5 hour walk on sidewalks to explore the southwest side of Balboa Park. We will visit sites in the park and some side streets. Optional lunch afterward. Rain Cancels. Roger L. (619) 299-0489.

Sunday, August 6

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, August 7

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Eastern Balboa Park. Meet Mark at the merry go-round off Park Blvd. near the Zoo. We’ll see roses and cacti galore, and much more on this moderate 1 hour walk. We’ll stay on cement paths, cross a bridge and hope for a rose garden in full bloom. Plan for an optional breakfast afterward. Shall we try Greek? (619) 964-3097.


Tuesday, August 8

2:00 pm

Pt. Loma Nazarene. Escape the heat by strolling through the beautiful oceanfront campus of Pt. Loma Nazarene University. See the first Greek theater built in the U.S., plus several buildings constructed for the Theosophical Society at the turn of the century. Drive south on Catalina Blvd. (or take bus #84) and turn right on Lomaland Dr. Parking is free. Meet at Mieras Hall, the first building on the right after the Welcome Center booth, for a casual-to-moderate 1.5 hour walk with a few hills. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, August 10

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: KENSINGTON. Gardens are in bloom in this charming area at this time of year as we take a moderate flat 1-hour walk to view gardens and homes followed by an optional breakfast. Meet at the library at Kensington St. and Adams Ave. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Saturday, August 12

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.

7:15 am

DONUT DAY AT DEL MAR. Join us on our annual trek to the race track for a quick tour of the stands followed by free donuts, coffee, and OJ. We’ll watch the horses practice going through the starting gate and linger afterwards to watch the workouts and/or listen to the speakers about horse racing. FREE admission and parking. Meet at the parking lot entrance to the race track off of Jimmy Durante Blvd. Pat K’s cell for that day (619) 540-9031. Otherwise (619) 469-6223. Rain cancels.

Sunday, August 13

7:15 am

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, August 14

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 and an optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Thursday, August 17

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION HILLS. 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. Optional breakfast afterward. (619) 477-8628.

Sunday, August 20

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, August 21

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.

6:15 pm

SILENT MOVIE AT THE ORGAN PAVILION. Join us at the in Balboa Park before the annual silent movie starring Buster Keaton. Meet us at the northeast entrance to the organ pavilion for a casual, flat walk before the 7:30 movie. Rain cancels walk. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Thursday, August 24

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: HARBOR ISLAND. We’ll have a quiet walk for 1 hour at a moderate pace on flat terrain around this beautiful area so close to downtown. Take Harbor Dr. to Harbor Island Dr., turn west to the end and turn left to the parking next to Island Prime Restaurant. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Edie (619) 222-4396.

Sunday, August 27

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, August 28

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Tecolote Canyon. Let’s walk in beautiful Tecolote Canyon on a flat comfortable dirt road as we see what the season has to offer on this casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Take I-5 to Tecolote Rd. exit, go east on Tecolote Rd. all the way into the canyon to the parking lot and visitor center at the end of the road. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Tuesday, August 29

5:30 pm

40 YEARS OF WALKING/40 YEARS OF MUSIC. This evening Steel Dawn features 'Top 40 Music From The Last 40 Years'. Since Walkabout is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Year, it's a great time to catch this concert in Balboa Park! Meet Stella and Derek at the back of the Organ Pavilion near the entrance to the Japanese Friendship Garden for a casual 1 hour walk to explore the evening scene in the park. Concert runs from 6:30-7:30. (619) 232-3756.

Thursday, August 31

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Sunset Cliffs. We’ll take a 1 hour, flat walk at your own pace. Take I-8 West toward the beach. Turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd, then slight right to stay on Sunset Cliffs Blvd for 1.7 miles to Point Loma Avenue, turn left and park on the street. Meeting place is Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Point Loma Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

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.