About Florida Canyon: Florida canyon is a well-preserved canyon and is actually an extension of Balboa Park. Just like Golden Hill Park and the Marston Canyon, many people never venture out to visit these spots. Native shrub such as sage-scrub and other chaparral vegetation will be present throughout your hike. Recently, the park was upgraded to appeal for bicyclists with ascents and descents and irregular surfaces.
This is a great training area for bikers and joggers. For those drawn to more colorful beauty, keep your eyes peeled! There is a secret tunnel with graffiti and on the northeast end, many non-native plants have been planted. It is like a small, tropical oasis!
I visited in late winter when all the flowers were beginning to bloom so we had an enjoyable and colorful experience. There are a ton of trails, great for biking with slight endurance. You'll probably have to cross several streets to continue on your hike so be safe! There are many entrances, we happened to enter from Upas street.
If you enter the canyon from Upas St. (cross street Park Blvd.) you will be greeted with the most colorful variety of plants. I counted probably 20 different varieties, making this a really beautiful beginning to our hike. These were all planted a long time ago by a man named Jesus who is now in his 80's (I was told this by one of the neighbors).