Tecolote Canyon North

I decided to explore Tecolote Canyon North today. While I had hiked Tecolote Canyon South a few weeks ago, roads and a golf course prevent you from easily hiking it end to end.  I found the trailhead at the south end of a field behind the North Clairemont Rec. Center and took the steep and rocky trail down into the canyon. Once there, the trail quickly became a lovely stroll under the canopy of oaks and other trees.

The stream flowed along the trail, fed by the recent rains. The trail mostly continued south, with the occasional runner passing me. I had one stream crossing that took some care, as the banks were a bit slick from the mud. Once safely across, I kept enjoying this trail’s scenery. Eventually, the trail ended at Balboa Ave. While you can walk along Balboa Ave, to Clairemont Blvd., then back again to explore, I choose to take the trail that led up to Mt. Etna Park.

After a short climb, the trail sidehills along Balboa Ave. for about ¼ mile before dropping into another side canyon. I cruised along this trail, crossing over a nice steel-framed bridge. Once at the park, I began to retrace my route. It was then I remembered we have our mobile mechanic coming to my house to work on the car that was parked at the trailhead. I picked up my pace, and thankfully made it home only a little late (I did text him of my forgetfulness).

I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, Central Coast, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest. 

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