Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Hike: there are many different trails to take here Level: Easy to Moderate depending on which trail you take
Where to park: 32.82150042, -116.75836394 (Trailhead is across the street)
Wright’s Field is a 230 acre nature preserve located in Alpine. There are many different trails you can take among this California native grassland. See if you can spot the rare chocolate lily or mission bell during your hike!
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s this area was used to produce grains, which were then transported to the city of San Diego and Fort Yuma. It is said that more grain was produced here than anywhere else in the county at the time.
We found a cool boulder that had been split in half, creating a mini slot adventure which makes for some cool photos. I read that there are some historic ruins out here which consist of the foundation from an old adobe house and a stone wall. We did this adventure at sunset, so only had about 40 minutes to explore, but I would definitely love to come back another day to find them!
It also appears that Wright’s Field was part of an historic stagecoach route. I saw a photo online of a plaque that said “Jackass Mail Trail Historic Route”. It is said to be the first U.S. mail route, being started in 1857. The route road travelled through Viejas from San Diego to Yuma, AZ.