Phone: (619) 525-8213
Hike: There are multiple trails that start from this park Level: Level varies for each trail
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly:Yes
Open: 7am-10pm daily
Kate-O Sessions Park is named after the highly influential horticulturist, Kate Sessions. Kate Sessions was an ex-school teacher who previously worked at a flower shop before becoming San Diego’s head botanist.
Kate Sessions was dubbed the ‘Mother of Balboa Park‘ and is responsible for planting hundreds of exotic plants throughout San Diego. After her urging for a park on Mt Soledad, the city finally put aside land for a park. Originally named the Soledad Terrace Park, it was renamed in 1957 after her on her 100th birthday.
I was also informed by archaeologist Ron May that before it was a park, they used to do archaeological digs here. He said they found dinner plate-sized fossil shells and shark teeth the size of their hands!
This park boasts some of the most beautiful views of Mission Bay, the ocean and the city below. This is a wonderful location to have a picnic, play with your dog, bbq, or just enjoy the serenity. There are several hiking trails on site featuring natural habitat and a small creek below during winter.
Great spot to have a picnic!
I saved a baby bunny that was stuck in a fence here! Poor thing was freaking out! I happened to be wearing my mom’s faux fur jacket that day which made me look like a crazy rabbit lady! 😛