Lakeside Linkage County Preserve

Located in the hills just north of the City of El Cajon and west of Lake Jennings Reservoir, in southwestern San Diego County
(619) 561-0580

Hours: 8 a.m. – sunset, daily
Pedestrian access is available from sunrise to sunset daily.

Got sage? The 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 provide.

Don’t miss the Whitaker House, a well-known Lakeside landmark within the preserve. At the end of a 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.


  • 1.3-mile non-motorized multi-use trail
  • Historic Whitaker House

Visit the News & Events page for park events, updates and closures. 

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