Survey of Los Jilgueros Preserve

August 10, 2009

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Los Jilgueros Preserve in Fallbrook has been the subject of a Roam-O-Rama column in the San Diego Reader and an entry in the current (Fourth) Edition of Afoot & Afield in San Diego County, both by Jerry Schad. There have been no significant changes since the column was published on June 8, 2000.

I led an Outdoors Club hike here on August 10, 2009. A few pictures have been posted there.

The main entrance is on the east side of S. Mission Rd. opposite the entrance to Fallbrook Community Airpark and just north of a traffic light at Sterling Bridge (Thomas 1027 G6, N 33o 21.168' W 117o 14.745'). There is a stop for the Breeze bus number 306 near the entrance.

We located two other signed entrances to the Preserve. One is on the east side of S. Mission Rd. almost exactly opposite Mission Oaks Rd., and the other is on the east side of Woodlark Lane, just south of Pepper Tree Lane. There is no convenient public parking at either entrance.

After the hike, we crossed S. Mission Rd. at Sterling Bridge, where there is a pedestrian crossing, and walked up Air Park Rd. to the Fallbrook Community Airpark, a small general aviation airport that serves the Fallbrook area. Surprisingly, there are some picnic tables overlooking the tarmac, and also a portable restroom and telephone booth with a working coin telephone in it! You don't see many of those these days. No wonder they call it an airpark and not an airport.

For more information about the Preserve, see the Web site of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy.

Transcript of survey.
Image annotations.
Data plotted on topo.

Philip J. Erdelsky