Located in the hills just north of the City of El Cajon and west of
Lake Jennings Reservoir, in southwestern San Diego County
Lakeside Linkage Preserve is full of coastal sage scrub. This
vegetation community supports several sensitive species including
coastal California Gnatcatcher, coastal cactus wren, and
orange-throated whiptail. The preserve holds special meaning to the
citizens of Lakeside for the possibilities its open space and vistas
Don’t miss the Whitaker House, a well-known Lakeside landmark within the preserve. At the end of a steep 1.3-mile trail and at the top of the hill, you’ll find a moss-faced stone building. The Whitaker house is a significant structure due to its architectural integrity and style. After snapping some pictures head back down for a round-trip hike of 2.6 miles.
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