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Reprinted from AARP Magazine 2017





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

ABOVE THE BAY. Join us for some exercise and fabulous views of the lights around Mission Bay. Meet by Carl's Jr. at Clairemont Dr. and Burgener Blvd. for a hilly, 1-hour plus, moderate to moderate-plus walk. Rain, but not mist, cancels. Flashlight recommended. Please call Teri E. (858) 560-0446 or Jill F. (858) 292-4231 to make sure walk is ‘on’ for the week. Rarely, we cancel due to holidays or commitments during this busy season.


10:00 am ***No Walk Thanksgiving Day***

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.



Time: TBA

WILDERNESS HIKE. Details e-mailed a day or two before. IMPORTANT HIKE INFO: Park on the street in front of the Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South (west of Texas St.). Be prepared to drive yourself if there are no other carpoolers. Bring lunch, 2-3 quarts of water, sun and rain protection, and lug-soled shoes. ‘First timers’ must call the leader. All participants must be in top condition, well prepared for trail conditions and will be accepted at the leader’s discretion. Hikers must be able to keep pace with the group. Check as weather or unusual conditions may cause the hike to be moved or canceled. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant hike leader as noted.

Date Contact Information
Nov 1 TBA
Nov 4 Irma: or (619) 851-4612
Nov 8 Mike L: or (858) 455-0738
Nov 11 Bill: (619) 206-5809 or
Nov 15 Bob R: (760) 728-8232 or
Nov 18 Bill: (619) 206-5809 or
Nov 23 Thanksgiving Day Potluck
Don: or (760) 796-4007

Nov 25 Don: or (760) 796-4007
Nov 29 Eva: (619) 283-1872 or
Waterfalls in Rancho Bernardo




South Lake Hoges




Thursday, November 2

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., 1 block north of West Washington St. Optional breakfast afterward. (619) 477-8628.

Friday, November 3

10:00 am

Hillcrest Montecito Point. Let's take a casual walk through the hospital district and neighborhood north of Washington St. We will go through the campus of Scripps Mercy and UCSD medical centers and the blocks in between for about a 2-mile loop. Meet below the Landmark Theater in Village Hillcrest at 3955 Fifth Ave. Rain cancels. Roger L. (619) 299-0489.

Sunday, November 5

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, November 6

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, November 9

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. Edie (619) 313-7818.

Friday, November 10

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, November 11

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, November 12

7:15 am

walking merry go round san diegoBREAKFAST 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. Meet at the carousel on Park Blvd. at Zoo Pl. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday November 13

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: LA MESA. Let’s explore what’s new in town and find out what happened to the golf course? We will also view a former friend’s historic home. Moderate pace with one optional hill. Meet at parking lot on Allison Ave. next to bus 7 stop, just west of the Orange Trolley line and Spring St. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Tuesday, November 14

2:00 pm

City Stroll. Wander the quiet loops and cul-de-sacs just north of the zoo on this 1-1/2 hour casual to moderate, flat walk. We will see the model house designed for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Meet at the corner of Robinson Ave. and Richmond St. (south of University Ave.) Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, November 16

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Little Italy. We’ll walk for 1 hour at a moderate pace on flat paved terrain. Take Harbor Dr. south a couple blocks past Broadway, turn right and park at the Kissing Statue near the Midway Museum. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Frances (619) 479-3962.

Sunday, November 19

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. Rain cancels or postpones. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, November 20

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY BACKWARDS. Let’s start on the path near Sea World Dr. to enjoy the playground and the sights we’ve missed on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat, mostly paved terrain. Take Sea World Dr. exit west off I-5, turn right at the first light, pass the entrance to Fiesta Island, cross the bridge and park at the first small parking area on your left (2nd entrance). Optional breakfast afterward. Winnie (858) 278-4003.

Friday, November 24

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, November 25

6:00 pm

LIGHTS SPARKLE THROUGHOUT BALBOA PARK. A one-hour casual walk will take us past various activities and through quiet garden areas. Afterward, we may stay on for refreshments at Panama 66 or Lady Caroline's Pub adjacent to Old Globe theater. Meet Stella and Derek at one of the tables close to the main entrance of Spanish Village. (619) 232-3756.

Sunday, November 26

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, November 27

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SEAPORT VILLAGE/ EMBARCADERO. We’ll start at Seaport Village and walk along the bay toward the Convention Center, exploring Marina Park, on this moderate 1-hour flat walk. Join us for spectacular views of the bay, Coronado Bridge, Coronado, and downtown San Diego. If we have time, we’ll also visit the ‘The Kiss’ located next to the USS Midway Museum. Meet at the south end of Pacific Hwy. and park by the Seaport Village merry-go-round. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.

Thursday, November 30

6:30 am

Sunrise Series: SHELTER ISLAND. Let’s take a casual to moderate walk along this beautiful mostly-flat area by the bay where there are many beautiful homes. There will be a choice of going up a hill for those who feel they would like to climb to where the view is scenic. From I-5, drive west on Rosecrans St. to Shelter Island Dr., turn left and go about two blocks to Anchorage Dr. to the large parking lot (park where there are no meters). 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.