Marian Bear Memorial Park

Enjoy nature at Marian Bear State Park with miles of moderate trails for hikers, bikers and dog walkers.
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Discover the beauty of the Marian Bear Memorial Park

Marian Bear Memorial Park is nestled alongside of the San Clemente Canyon just in between University City and Clairmont Mesa in San Diego. The park is 467 acres that provides a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Finger canyons, mesas and wildlife fill the dedicated natural parkland.

The park contains over 3 miles of trails, mostly flat and easy to navigate along the side of the canyon. It also includes more challenging trails that are included in the finger canyons that take hikers up to the mesa tops.

If biking is more your speed, you are able to ride on the maintenance roads throughout the canyon. Marian Bear Memorial Park has something for everyone, no matter what adventure you seek.

A Park Ranger is stationed at Marian Bear Memorial Park to help visitors with protection, guidance, and public assistance.

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History of the Park

San Diego has been home to Native Americans for 10,000 years. The Kumeyaay Indians - the first people in San Diego, resided in the area. This is evident while visiting San Clemente Canyon and Marian Bear Memorial Park. The Kumeyaay people supported themselves with the vast agriculture and farming of the region.

The park is named after Marian Bear, who was an environmentalist and activist. She helped keep the park and canyon in its natural state.

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Nature at Marian Bear Memorial Park

Marian Bear Memorial Park, as well as the San Clemente Canyon, is home to a variety of animals. The area provides a landscape for animals such as: raccoons, skunks, rabbits, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.

It is also home for coyotes, foxes, and other native mammals. The park is also home to beautiful trees such as the California Sycamore, coast live oak, and native willow tree woodlands. It also houses the chaparral and riparian plant, which is native to California.

Check out the Miles and Miles of Trails

Marian Bear Memorial Park is a great place to travel for every level of adventurer. Whether you are new to the hiking world, or an experienced traveler, Marian Bear has something for you.

The San Clemente Canyon trail is 2.7 miles long, and is the most popular of all the trails at Marian Bear Memorial Park. The loop features beautiful wild flowers and has many activity options for all skill levels. The trail is also family and dog friendly (dogs must always be on a leash).

Another trail that Marian Bear Memorial Park has to offer is the Rose Trail. It is a less crowded trail than the San Clemente Trail, but offers the opportunity to see the park’s wildlife. The trail runs 1.5 miles long and is great for hiking, running or walking.

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From Flat to Challenging Trails
The public can enjoy over three miles of mostly flat trails along the length of the canyon. More challenging hiking is available on the trails in several of the finger canyons leading up to the mesa tops.

Please be aware that the park is in the wild, and there have been accounts of people encountering rattlesnakes in the brush. Please be attentive while walking the path. A walking stick could be helpful in scaring off the snakes.

The Marian Bear Trail is located near the back of the park and runs 1.6 miles long. This trail is great for all skill levels and has beautiful flowers and plant life. It is recommended to visit the Marian Bear Trail between the months of April and September.

The Biltmore Trail is the shortest of the trails at Marian Bear Memorial Park. It is a mile long, but is home to beautiful flowers and activities along the way. This trail is also best visited during the months of April and September.

Not in the mood for a hike? Marian Bear Memorial Park also offers you the opportunity to enjoy nature on a bike ride. There are maintenance roads along the canyon where visitors can ride their bikes.

The trails in Marian Bear Memorial Park are also great for runners. You can stay on the flat trails for a nice, brisk run. For an extra challenge, you can head off onto side trails or canyons to take your runs to the next level!

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Getting to Marian Bear Memorial Park

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Marian Bear Memorial Park is the perfect place to take a day trip for any adventure seekers looking to trade bustling city life for nature.

Marian Bear Memorial Park spans I-5 on the west and I-805 on the east. If you are heading to the park from downtown San Diego, simply take I-5 North towards Genesee Ave. Take Exit 2 from CA-52 E. Turn right onto Genesee Ave and the park will be on your left, just south of CA-52 E.

There are two main entrances to the park. The first entrance can be found on Genesee Avenue. The other entrance can be found on Regents Road. When driving into the main park entrances, you will find parking lots, as well as picnic areas and restrooms.

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What to bring and what to leave at home

Dogs are welcome in the park, as long as they remain on a leash. Visitors can pack a picnic lunch, as long as there is no alcohol or glass containers. Leave your camping gear at home! There is no camping or fires permitted in the park. If you’re looking for places to camp, check out our article on the best San Diego Camping. Also you will not need a stroller, as the terrain on the trails is often muddy and overall too rough to accommodate strollers.

Conveniences

Restrooms and picnic areas are available near the entrance of the park.

Prohibited activities

Horseback riding is prohibited in the park. There are no motorized or off-road vehicles permitted on the trails or in the park. Mountain biking is only permitted on the maintenance roads along the canyon, but not on the hiking trails.

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