San Diego Trails: Bankers Hill

Third Avenue, Bankers Hill, San Diego, California
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San Diego Trails: Bankers Hill

Bankers Hill might not be like the majority of the trails featured on this website, after all, it’s not in the mountains, it doesn’t meander across deserts, you won’t be hiking through a dense forest or across wetlands, in fact, you won’t even have to leave the town, but don’t let that put you off – the fantastic views over San Diego Bay with lots of historic landmarks and the neighborhood canyons alone make it well worth your while.

Bankers Hill can be joined from lots of different places and walked in any direction, it might be finding a car parking space that will be the major problem. As you follow the Bankers Hill walk you will come across the Quince Street Footbridge, a great wooden bridge which overlooks the Maple Canyon, as well as being a great vantage point to see Point Loma and the Bay. There’s also a suspension footbridge a little further on, which has been named by the many children who get taken across it on school trips the “wobbly bridge” – don’t worry, it’s quite safe, and if you dare look down you’ll see right into the floor of the canyon, 60 feet down.

A stroll around Bankers Hill doesn’t have to be a long job, you only really need your lunch hour to do it justice, but if you’re looking for a great walk, with fantastic views and more historical landmarks and monuments than you can shake a stick at, this is definitely for you. Why not take a guide from the San Diego Historical Society with you so that you don’t miss out on anything of particular interest – I mean a printed guide, not a tour guide, although guided tours of the area are available.

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