East Shepherd, or Greenbelt, trail is interesting in all seasons, with a combination of native coastal sage scrub and nonnative plants in the canyon. Walk north on Santo Road for about 160 feet, where the trail starts just past the signed gate that separates traffic by a nonnative hedge on the left.
Sandwiched between Clairemont and Tierrasanta, Kearny Mesa is bordered by busy highways (805, 15, and 52) and run through the center by another (163). Added into the mix is a barrage of industrial and commercial operations that make it less than ideal for getting around. Tierrasanta, while more idyllic with its open space and canyons, still has to deal with the traffic because they live right next door to Kearny Mesa.
By Julie Stalmer, July 10, 2017
The Kaiser hospital that opened up in April at Clairemont Mesa Blvd and Ruffin Road.
We Tierrasantans love our dogs. We’ve given over our parks, our streets, and even some of our restaurants to them. One local man and his fluffy friend hit the streets daily, riding on a Segway, hair and fur flying freely in the wind. I can’t tell which one of them enjoys it more.
On weekends, in the canyons surrounding San Diego’s community of Tierrasanta, urban guerrillas hack through chapparal with picks and other tools, transforming once-narrow coyote paths into smooth, broad hiking trails.
By Dorian Hargrove, May 28, 2014
Trails crisscross the hillsides and canyons around Tierrasanta. But many of them were constructed illegally.
Tierrasanta was a big change. There were no colorful homeless folks shouting obscenities at us; I didn’t have to worry about getting my ass kicked at the grocery store if I accidentally bumped my door into the car next to me.
Last May, Mission Trails Regional Park opened a new trailhead parking lot and gateway that provides easy access to the park's western area from the community of Tierrasanta. To check out and make use of this new entry, simply follow Clairemont Mesa Boulevard to its east dead-end in Tierrasanta. On foot or bike you can proceed farther east using a dense network of dirt roads and trails covering the hills and valleys like a tattered net.