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San Diego’s Best Hiking Trails And Tips For Newbie Hikers

Photo caption: An undated photo of Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve East.

Photo by Priscilla Lister

An undated photo of Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve East.

San Diego's Best Hiking Trails And Tips For Newbie Hikers


Priscilla Lister, author, "Take A Hike: San Diego County"


Our beaches and coast get a lot of attention on Memorial Day, but they're not the only natural wonders in San Diego. The county has the largest variety of plant and animal life of any other county in the continental U.S.

Former San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Priscilla Lister says one of the best ways to experience all that beauty is by going hiking. She wrote the newspaper’s hiking column for more than six years and compiled her articles on 260 trails in a book, "Take a Hike: San Diego County."

“I’ve hiked well over 1,000 miles of San Diego County, and I can identify more wildflowers, trees, birds, and mountain peaks than I ever thought possible,” Lister wrote.

Despite covering nearly every trail across the county, Lister purposefully left out Iron Mountain, Cowles Mountain and Mount Woodson from the book.

“They’re too crowded for me and probably also too hard,” Lister said. “I don’t like severe, extreme pain when I’m hiking. And I don’t like to be in a line of a lot of other people. Part of what I’m seeking is a sort of solitude.”

Lister shares some of her favorite trails and how newbie hikers should prepare on KPBS Midday Edition Tuesday.

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