Palm Canyon is a two acre network of trails within 1,200 acre Balboa Park, west of Spreckels Organ Pavilion. There are fifty eight species of palms, many of which were planted by Kate Sessions (also known as the “Mother of Balboa Park”), well before San Diego would be chosen to host the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
I have been coming to Balboa Park my entire life. My sisters and I were part of the reason that the gigantic Moreton Bay Fig tree by the Natural History Museum was fenced off to the public. (In 1989, the roots were becoming damaged due to foot traffic.) As many times as I have been, I have never strolled through Palm Canyon. Now that we know about it, it will be a must when we visit the park (a nice escape from the heat and tourists). Although the Moreton Bay Fig trees in the canyon is not as big as others within Balboa Park, the buttress root system is intense, and is very appreciated by trapeze artist squirrels.