Tecolote Canyon was once inhabited by the Kumeyaay people. This park has about 6 1/2 miles of hiking and bicycling trails. A great part of it runs along the Tecolote Canyon golf course.
My husband and I love visiting nature centers to learn about the surrounding environs, and the one here is one of my favorites. There's a display that groups together the tracks, scat and skulls of the various animals in the area. Very cool! They also have several snakes on display so you can see the difference between a gopher and a rattlesnake. Besides the rattle, they do look a little similar!
Tip: San Diego has a unique climate. During our summers everything is dried out and golden brown. Our green seasons are the winter and spring when we have a little rain and everything is green and the flowers are blooming. This canyon hike isn't too interesting in the summer (our summer is late July-October), but during the the other months it is really pretty.