Palm Canyon, Trail

The Sign
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A sign near the start of the trail declared that "Palm Canyon Trail" was "Made possible by the California Conservation Corps." The canyon covers over 2 acres and contains over 70 species of exotic palm plants. The trail never closes.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:44:53 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0149
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The Trail Was Dirt
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The trail was hard packed dirt and although not steep did contains steps, so was neither disabled nor stroller friendly. Part of the trail, as shown here, was so densely overgrown that the sky was almost blotted out.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:45:27 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0151
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Discontinued Trail
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One section of trail had been closed and was being allowed to slowly grow back. Although discouraged, one could easily cross into this area to examine any rare plant up close.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:46:45 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0153
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Secluded Bench
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A secluded bench along the trail was a good place to pause and rest, but was also also a good place for the young to hang out. Witness the scribblings on the bench's surface and the trash below it.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:46:57 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0145
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Dramatic Trail
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The trail thorough Palm Canyon was dramatic enough to be useful for low-budget films. Here this could be a road through a past time, a future time or even a foreign location.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:47:01 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0155
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Fallen Trees
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Here a fallen tree had been labeled with a blue graffiti word. For the most part, the canyon was pristine and well maintained, but the occasional area of graffiti or trash did appear.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:47:31 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0156
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Levels Of Trail
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There were levels of trail visible across the canyon. Notice the stone borders and the suggestion of steps. The paths ran down both sides and joined further down the canyon.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:48:04 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0157
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A Palm Leaf
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The sun was out that day and provided a bright back-light for one large palm leaf.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:48:46 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0159
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Layered Palm Leaves
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Layered palm leaves created a softly lovely image. This shot was taken in the shade but on a sunny day.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:49:01 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0160
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Wild Roots
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A tree fell sometime in the past and had been cut off to not block the trail. It wildly waving (almost) roots remained.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:51:12 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0164
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Overly Full Garbage Can
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Near the the other entrance to the canyon was this overly filled garbage can. Again just a minor marring of an otherwise lovely walk.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:53:25 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0165
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Look Back On The Trail
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Looking back down from the end of the trail, two other folk could be seen just starting the walk.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:55:05 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0169
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A Large Staircase
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At one end of the trail a large wooden staircase provided access. This was the end just behind the Museums on El Prado Plaza.


Palm Canyon Trail   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 10 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:55:42 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0170
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