Garnet Peak offers dramatic views of the desert and the Laguna Mountain Range. On a clear day the eastern views from this section of the Pacific Crest Trail may extend to the Salton Sea. This is a difficult 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Mount Laguna) From I-8, take Sunrise Hwy. (S-1) north. Drive 15.6 miles to the Pioneer Mail Traihead just past Mile Marker 29 and park. Facilities. (GPS N32.924079, W116.480444)
This walk has something for everyone. Start just north of the Bea Evenson fountain near the San Diego Natural History Museum, the home of the Canyoneers, and walk through the middle of Balboa Park. Encounter a blend of both historic and current bridges and houses along former streetcar-access routes. Visit Maple Canyon with its mix of native and non-native vegetation before returning to theNAT. This is an intermediate 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Balboa Park) From CA-163, take the I-5 S/Park Blvd. exit and go 0.6 mile. Take exit for Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Turn left onto Village Pl. and park in one of the lots or park along Park Blvd. Meet the Canyoneer host by the San Diego Natural History Museum just north of the Bea Evenson Fountain. Facilities. (GPS N32.731811, W117.146830)
This trail explores a colorful part of San Diego's history beginning at the Sikes Adobe built in 1872. Pass through the San Dieguito River floodplain with highly varied vegetation including thick pockets of willow and mule-fat and a mixture of native and non-native species. This is an intermediate 7 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Escondido) From I-15, exit east on Via Rancho Pkwy. and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Sunset Dr. and go to end of street to park. Facilities. (GPS N33.066579, W117.067801)
We cross Los Pe–asquitos Creek twice on this loop hike that passes through grasslands and riparian habitat. Watch for deer and rabbits on this generally level hike. This is an easy 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Rancho Pe–asquitos) From I-15, turn west on Mercy Rd. Go 1.4 miles. Turn right on Black Mountain Rd. and go 0.7 mile. Turn left on Park Village Rd. and go 1.7 miles. Turn left on Camino Del Sur and park. Alternate route: From CA-56, go south on Black Mountain Rd. for 0.4 mile. Turn right on Park Village Rd. and go 1.7 miles. Turn left on Camino Del Sur and park. Meet the Canyoneer host at the large trailhead sign. No facilities.. (GPS N32.939716, W117.152306)