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!

1951 Tavern Rd. Alpine, CA 91901

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)



Make sure to check out our list of Hidden Gems in Alpine for the ultimate day trip!

About Wright’s Field

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!

While you’re in the area, make sure to visit the Children’s Nature Retreat nearby!

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!

Stagecoach Route

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.

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