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Balboa Park Gardens Loop

San Diego, California



1.42 miles

Elevation Gain

141 ft

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Balboa Park Gardens Loop in San Diego, California, is a popular hiking trail that offers a variety of attractions. The trail is 1.42 miles long and is rated as moderate, making it suitable for most fitness levels. It features a number of unique landmarks, including the historic Botanical Building, the Japanese Friendship Garden, and the San Diego Zoo. The trail winds through several distinct gardens, each showcasing a different type of plant life. The Desert Garden, for example, features more than 1,300 plants, while the Alcazar Garden is inspired by the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain. The trail also passes by several museums and cultural institutions, providing opportunities for educational stops along the way. Hikers should wear comfortable shoes and bring water, as there are few water fountains along the trail. The trail is open from sunrise to sunset, and parking is available at the park. With its combination of natural beauty and cultural attractions, the Balboa Park Gardens Loop offers a unique hiking experience in the heart of San Diego.
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