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New Hiking Trails Open in City Heights

The 5-mile loop trail links four City Heights canyons together across the urban community

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Tom Zizzi/NBC 7 San Diego

A new hiking trail system in City Heights officially opened to the public on Saturday: a 5-mile loop linking several canyons in the urban community.

Local hikers commonly refer to the area as the “Butterfly Corridors.” The canyons now linked by the trail include the Oiliva/47th Street Canyon, Swan Canyon, Hollywood Canyon and Manzanita Canyon, with a few street connections.

Envisioned by the community over a decade ago, the loop trail system was designed highlight nature in the urban community through a park-like area that provides locals with access to a place to hike, jog or bicycle.

Volunteers in partnership with San Diego Canyonlands, a non-profit organization that promotes, protects and restores natural habitats in San Diego County canyons and creeks, helped clear invasive weeds and trash out of the way for the trails to be made.

Assemblymember Todd Gloria (CA-78) and former City Council Member Marti Emerald were on-hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday celebrating the new trail.

With springtime in full swing, it's a great time in San Diego to get out and explore this new trail and others in our county.

Tom Zizzi/NBC 7 San Diego
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