Lakeside Linkage Preserve


Located in the hills just north of the City of El Cajon and west of Lake Jennings Reservoir, in southwestern San Diego County.

Hours:  8 a.m. - sunset, daily. Pedestrian access available sunrise to sunset daily.

Phone Number:(619) 561-0580.

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Head east on Interstate 8, exit Los Coches Road and head north. Street parking along Los Coches Road, immediately after Ha Hana Road is allowed to access the Preserve's multi-use trail.

Location Map


  • 1.3 mile multi-use trail leading to the historic Whitaker House


Lakeside Linkage Preserve consists of a very high value natural community – coastal sage scrub. This vegetation community supports several sensitive species including coastal California gnatcatcher, coastal cactus wren, and orange-throated whiptail. The Preserve functions as a corridor linkage for coastal California gnatcatcher from conserved lands to the south of I-8 (Crestridge Conservation Bank) to conserved lands to the northeast (lands around El Capitan Reservoir).

The Whitaker House, a well-known Lakeside landmark, is located within this Preserve. A native moss-faced stone building located on a hill within the central property of the Preserve, the Whitaker house is a significant structure for its architectural integrity and style as a vernacular residence, as well as its local meaning to the citizens of Lakeside and for the possibilities that its open space and vistas provide.


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