Explore the newly-improved Manzanita Canyon

On Jan. 28, join San Diego Canyonlands for a free guided tour of Manzanita Canyon in City Heights to explore a new trail, learn about other enhancement plans for the canyon, and enjoy a morning nature walk. This is a hike with relatively flat terrain, except for the moderately steep slope to get in and out of the canyon.

When: Jan. 28, 2012, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Where: Manzanita Canyon in City Heights

Meeting Point: Azalea Park Recreation Center, 2596 Violet St., San Diego, CA 92105

Preparation: Wear a hat and sturdy close-toed shoes, preferably with ankle support. Bring water and sunscreen.  There are restrooms at the beginning of the hike, but none in the canyon area.

Directions:  From Interstate 805, take the Home Avenue exit and head east. Turn left at the light on Fairmount Avenue. Turn left on Poplar Street, which will curve into Violet Street. Remain on Violet until you see the Azalea Park Recreation Center.  Meet in the recreation center parking lot. Look for the San Diego Canyonlands banner.

The Azalea Park Recreation Center is accessible via San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s bus routes 13 and 965.

For more information, contact Brent Carter, the City Heights project manager for San Diego Canyonlands, at brent@sdcanyonlands.org.