Rose Canyon Open Space Park offers city dwellers a great escape from downtown San Diego where they can get away from the city life and enjoy some of the beautiful nature of southern California.
What trails does Rose Canyon have to offer?
Rose Canyon trail is an 8.8-mile trail that has light foot traffic and is a very wide trail that is perfect for family hikes. The trail is great for all skill levels and is ideal for both children and dogs (on a leash of course!).
The trail offers a variety of activities along the way and you can view the beautiful wild flowers of the region.
If you want to get adventurous, you can branch off of the main trail and head down some of the narrow slopes. If you head off the grid, keep an eye out for poison oak and snakes.
Ready for some Wildlife?
Wildlife includes raccoons, skunks, rabbits, coyotes, foxes and mule deer. The raptors flying above Rose Canyon are some of the most majestic animals anywhere, including many varieties of owls and large hawks.
Biking more your style? Rose Canyon is an excellent spot for you as well. The single track makes way to a double track as you approach the railroad area. There are also some water crossings to add some excitement to the ride.
Enjoy the Rose Creek watershed
The Rose Creek runs at the bottom of Rose Canyon and gets deeper and wider as it extends out into Mission Bay.
The creek is home to much of the canyon wildlife. Here you can find raccoons, skunks, rabbits, coyotes, foxes and mule deer. This is also a great spot for bird watching.
Not only will you see a variety of owls and hawks, but also members of the Osprey family, Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron and Egrets There is also an array of mud feeders like Plovers, Willits, Sandpipers and ducks.
While exploring Rose Creek, you can also enjoy the native plant life to the area. Riparian plants that include willows, toyon, and sycamore trees that provide sporadic shade can be found on your journey along the base of the canyon.
Guided walks are provided along Rose Creek. Enjoy the walk under the hanging Eucalyptus trees as you learn about the native plants and animals of the area. Don’t forget your binoculars!
The Rose Creek Watershed Alliance and Friends of Rose Creek are two groups put together to help preserve the area at the bottom of Rose Canyon. If community service is your passion, these groups are a great way to enjoy the park, as well as keeping it beautiful for all visitors.
The second Saturday of each month, Friends of Rose Creek gather for Native Plant Gardening. During this time, the group restores the habitat by maintaining the plant life and cleaning up the area of this urban creek.