Jim and Marty Tullar remember their first meeting in Pioneer Park while on a walk there on the Mission Hills Meander in April 13, 2018. They met there on lucky Friday, 1/13/1995 and married 5 years after.


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.

10:00 am

La Playa or harbor. Join peripatetic leaders Mark, Rob, Jackie or Sally as we alternate walking around either America’s Cup Harbor to admire what’s new in the marina OR follow the historic La Playa Trail along the shore past yacht clubs and amazing homes. The Casual+ pace walks on flat surfaces are approximately 3 miles for about 1.5 hours. Optional eats afterward. Meet to the right of the front door of the Bali Hai. Ample free parking. Served by #28 Bus. Heavy rain cancels. Sally (619) 222-3800.


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. Join Sandra, Sally and friends for a casual+ walk from the Bali Hai to the Friendship Bell and back on flat sidewalks (about 2.5 miles round trip; 60+ minutes including pit stop). Breathe delicious ocean air and enjoy dynamic bay and city views from ships to sea lions. Meet new friends 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.

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.


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. 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


Contact Information

May 2

Don P. (760) 796-4007

May 5


May 9

Ray E. (760)-644-1648

May 12

Bill B. (619) 206-5809

May 16

Bob (760) 730-2349

May 19

Bill B. (619) 206-5809

May 23

Mike L. or (858) 922-0738

May 26

Irma (619) 795-5821

May 30

Bill B. (619) 206-5809





Details e-mailed a day or two before hike. Bring lunch, water, sun screen, rain protection, and lug-soled shoes. “First timers" must call the leader, be 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 on hike days 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. 

Carpool 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.

Wilderness Section Semi-Annual Hike & Potluck. April 18, 2018 Thanks to Margo and Walter Linback for hosting



Thursday, May 3

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Little Italy. We’ll walk for 1 hour at a moderate pace on flat paved terrain. We hope to see many changes. 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, May 6

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: SHELTER ISLAND. Let’s take a casual walk along the playa admiring the beautiful boats, birds, homes, and gardens before our optional breakfast. Meet at meter-less spaces in the parking lot at Anchorage Ln and Canon St. (one block south of Shelter Island Dr.) Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday May 7

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, May 10

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 very scenic. To meet the group, 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). Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Fusa (619) 223-6947.

Fiday, May 11

6:00 pm

Mission Hills

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, May 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.


SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK TRAIL. In conjunction with "River Days" sponsored by the San Diego River Foundation, join us in Mission Valley for a moderate walk by the river along the north trail from the Fashion Valley Mall to Camino Del Este and returning via the south trail for about 4 miles round-trip. All walk surfaces are paved and mostly flat with some inclines. Green trolley line and multiple bus routes stop at the Fashion Valley Transit Center or park in the lot at the transit center (only specified trolley parking areas). Meet at north entrance of the pedestrian bridge (across from Fashion Valley trolley stop) that crosses the river to the Town and Country Hotel. John N. (619) 772-8855.

Sunday, May 13

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: 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, May 14

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. Betty (858) 248-3782.

Tuesday, May 15

10:00 am

EXPLORE MUSEUM OF MAN. Join us in Balboa Park on free Tuesday for San Diego City & County residents. Make sure you bring your ID. There is something for everyone here. Monsters, Beerology, and Ancient Egypt to name a few. We will walk our minds as well as our legs on a casual meander through the exhibits. Meet at the front steps to the Museum of Man at 10 am. For public transit, take the #7 bus. Optional lunch afterward. Janet F. (619) 890-4622.


ROLANDO'S SECRET STAIRWAYS. Come discover the secret stairways in the charming older neighborhood of Rolando, just northeast of College and University Aves. Meet at the corner of Rolando Blvd. and Malcolm Dr. (1 block north of University Ave.) for a casual to moderate 1-1/2 hour walk with some hills and steps. Bus #7 stops at University Ave. and Rolando Blvd. (westbound) or University Ave. and Aragon Dr. (eastbound). Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.

Thursday, May 17

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, May 18

5:00 pm

Sunset Cliffs

SUNSET CLIFFS VIEWS. For public transit, take bus route 923 from downtown at Broadway & 5th OR route 35 from Old Town Transit Center and transfer to 923 in O.B. at Cable & Voltaire Sts. We’ll start the walk right after the bus arrives at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Point Loma Ave. (not to be confused with West Point Loma Blvd.) Our casual walk will last about 1 hour so bus riders may catch the return bus (last bus departs @ 6:36). We’ll walk along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. with the Pacific Ocean on one side and interesting homes on the other. Spectacular views. Count on fresh cool breezes from the ocean. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.

Sunday, May 20

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: MISSION BEACH. Let’s walk along the boardwalk to enjoy the ocean waves reflecting the rising sun. We also might go north or south as we explore the variety of homes from old beach cottages to modern multi-story residences including a boat house. Optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the merry-go-round on Mission Blvd. near Mission Bay Dr. Pat’s Pals (619) 469-6223.

Monday, May 21

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: Eastern Balboa Park. Meet 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? Mark (619) 964-3097.

Thursday, May 24

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.

Friday, May 25

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.

Sunday, May 27

7:15 am

BREAKFAST SPECIAL: 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, May 28

6:30 am

SUNRISE SERIES: SDSU. Here’s our chance to get educated on what is happening at San Diego State University as we take a mostly flat walk for about 1 hour at a moderate pace exploring the old and the new. Afterward, we’ll have an optional breakfast at a nearby restaurant. Meet in the church parking lot on Montezuma Rd. between College Ave., and Campanile Dr. Pat K. (619) 469-6223.

Thursday, May 31

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.

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.