Wilderness Gardens Preserve
14209 Hwy. 76
Pala, California 92059
Local Phone: (760) 742-1631
Located in the picturesque San Luis Rey River watershed, the preserve offers over 4 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails and is known as a birdwatcher's paradise.
The preserve staging area provides picnic tables, portable restrooms and quick access to the trail system.
The main trail is the most popular trail and provides access into the preserve interior. The Alice Fries trail is a .5 mile single track trail that meanders near the San Luis Rey River. The Upper Meadow Trail provides a wonderful overview of the preserve and San Luis Rey River corridor.
Wilderness Gardens is also home to the historic Sickler’s Grist Mill site. Listed on the County Historic Resource Board’s list of historic places, the Sicker Grist Mill foundation is a remnant of North San Diego County’s rich agricultural history and testifies to the resilience of those who pioneered the valley.
Additional historic accounts and photos of the mill are on display in the park ranger station.
Bring portable water, sturdy shoes and sunscreen as temperatures rise quickly.
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday - Monday
(Closed Tue. - Thur.)
• Bring your own water
Photo courtesy: SanDiegoCounty.gov
• Dogs must be on leash
• Please clean up after your dog
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