A stroll through Mast Park in Santee, California

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The San Diego River, only 52 miles long, is nothing compared to the Mighty Mississippi. However, there are people interested in preserving the river and creating parks and trails all along its length, the San Diego River Trail. One section of parks and trails is Mast Park West in Santee:

San Diego River watershed

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San Diego River Trail

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Mast Park West is a relatively new addition to the Trail. The paths are well marked with new fences and new grading, and the vistas are beautiful.

Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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San Diego County has served at various times, including the present, for military training, particularly during World War II, so it is useful to know where you are, to obey all warning signs, and to stay on the proven trails.

Mast Park West in Santee, California

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There are plenty of activities, including an off-leash area for the dogs.

Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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There is an abundance of nature’s beauty all along the river paths:

Turtle in the wild

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Many of the roadway bridge supports have been painted by none other than the Boy Scouts of America. Here are two of them:

Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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Mast Park West in Santee, California

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11 thoughts on “A stroll through Mast Park in Santee, California

  1. Boomdeeadda

    It’s awesome to get out and wander thru nature. Are those poplar seed pods that have bloomed with all the white fuzz sticking out? My hubby used to get a stuffed up at the lake for weeks since we had lots of poplar in the area. Hey, What’s Zoey up to there?

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Yep. Poplar seed pods. Poplar grows very well in river plains here. Zoey the Cool Cat is just yawning. When she was young (she’s seven now), whenever she woke up, she would yawn. Exactly 35 seconds she would yawn again. Once I realized that, it was easy to get pictures like that.

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