At Fletcher Point (3 photos)

Fletcher Point is on the Lake Hodges “peninsula” and named after Edward Fletcher, an early developer in San Diego who advised the Santa Fe Railroad to build a dam, creating Lake Hodges (that’s the extremely abbreviated version of the story – if you’re interested, you can find more information here, here and here).

Sometimes, it’s also called Flag Hill because “Old Glory” sits there at 549 feet elevation, surrounded by the lake on three sides. Somewhere among the rocks is a geocache as well, but I did not look for it. A solitary oak tree provides some shade – this was very welcome on my hike because the marine layer burned off early in the morning and temperatures rose rapidly.

At the time I hiked out to the point, there were no visible access restrictions. In the meantime however, a sign has been placed where the trail to Fletcher Point begins, marking the area officially as off-limits. The well worn use trail remains popular among hikers and bikers nevertheless though it seems.

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