Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!

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Miramar Lake

10305-10331 Scripps Lake Dr.
San Diego, CA 92131

Phone: (619) 465-3474
32.911618, -117.101303

Hike: 4.9 loop    Level: Easy to Moderate

Dog-Friendly: Yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes


Hours: The gates are open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time and 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. when Daylight Savings Time is not in effect.

Miramar LakeLake Miramar is a man-made reservoir built in 1960 and is located in Scripps Ranch. 

Recreational activities such as fishing, boating, bird-watching, jogging and cycling are permitted.  There are both paved and dirt paths that go around the lake giving you the option of a more rugged adventure or smooth, which is ideal for strollers, joggers, wheelchairs or bicycles.

This area was once owned by newspaper tycoon E.W. Scripps and his philanthropist sister, Ellen Browning Scripps. You can learn more about their castle which was nearby on this page!  The area was named Miramar, which translates to "Sea View" because at the time there was no other development, so views all the way to the ocean were possible.

This is a great area for bird-watching and fishing.  Some of the species you may come across are cormorants, pelicans, mallards, ruddy ducks, bass, bluegill, or sunfish.  There are also many plant varieties here which include chamise, black sage, manzanita, monkey flower, and coastal sagebrush, adolphia plusmore!

Make sure to check out Evan's Pond when you're here which has ties to E.W. Scripps and the Scripps Castle that was destroyed many years back!

Dragonfly eggs:


The dam:

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  • Anonymous
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    ur crazy if you go to Miramar and not go for the Rainbow trout!

    Miramar Lake Fish Report

    by Lake Miramar Staff

    Lake was stocked with Trout on Thursday 1/23/14.

    Seems like the bass are getting used to the trout stocks and are coming out of hiding!

    The trout bite is definitely happening. The bass are biting throughout the lake. The City reports 19 bass and 14 Trout, caught by 18 anglers.

    Moe’s hole seems to be the hotspot still.

    Water Temp.: 57 degrees

    Bass: Excellent

    Bluegill: Good

    Catfish: Good

    Trout: Good

    Please contact the Marina at 858-527-1722 for more information

    January 31, 2014

  • Admin
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    Thank you for all the tips anon, like usual! 🙂

    February 15, 2014

  • Re: Anonymous
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    No, but thanks for automatically assuming so!

    November 20, 2015

  • Anonymous
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    Did you really remove the dragon fly eggs for a pic?

    November 20, 2015

  • Heather
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    The eggs you found belong to an invasive snail species, one popular name for them is Apple Snail. Those are the snail shells you found also, and they are not indigenous to the area. They are african in origin and were most likely released or “freed” by someone who grew weary of their aquarium and as a result there are literally thousands upon thousands of them now in the lake. Also, if you find the lower trail a bit boring and are interested in a decent workout, take the upper dirt trails and sprint each uphill. You’ll be too busy catching your breath to be bored.

    March 13, 2016

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