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Best Hiking Trail: Purgatory Creek

Best Hiking Trail: Purgatory Creek
Best Hiking Trail: Purgatory Creek

Filled with wildlife and trails, Purgatory Creek serves as an ideal place for enjoying fresh air after class, hiking on the weekends and providing endless joy, sunburns and adventures.
 
While visitors of the natural area birdwatch, ride mountain bikes or run, a hiking adventure is most common around Purgatory’s three trails. The two most popular, Lower Purgatory located on Hunter Road and Upper Purgatory located on Valencia Way, offer unique routes for people exercising and hanging out.
 
Although smaller and more uncommon than the other two trailheads, history lies within the entrance of Prospect Park, the original natural area of Purgatory Creek.
 
Popular destinations in San Marcos continue to suffer throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. However, San Marcos residents can still access Purgatory and soak up the warm spring sun, glide through the trails on a bike ride or take a morning jog while also respecting social distancing guidelines.
 
Director of Parks and Recreation of San Marcos Jamie Lee Case said Purgatory’s availability year round, even during a pandemic, makes it a valuable location for anyone in the area.
 
“The best season is determined by the user. It’s probably most popular in the Spring and Fall seasons.” Case said.
 
2nd place: 5-Mile Dam
3rd place: Spring Lake Natural Area

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