No one walks on the hillside. Only a skinny curb separates it from the road. Thrill-seekers use the street. Skateboarders pick up speed as they slice down the asphalt curves. Most everyone else takes the dirt path alongside the canyon. In some spots, the path stretches no wider than your shoe before giving way to scraggly brush and trash below.
Many San Ysidro High School students begin and end their days here.
Sidewalks don’t exist for a winding half-mile between the high school and San Ysidro Middle School. Neither do street lights. But kids are there. The road connects the high school to the border community of San Ysidro. If you’re a teenager in San Ysidro and want to walk home from school, this is the only way to go.