Canyoneer Hike List

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park (Dairy Mart Trailhead)

Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:30 AM
This 1,800-acre park is bisected by the Tijuana River and the broad, flat floodplain provides an ideal environment to observe the diverse vegetation communities that attract transient bird populations as well as amphibians and reptiles such as lizards, frogs, and toads. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Imperial Beach) From I-5 S, exit right on Dairy Mart Rd. and go 0.5 mile to the old road parking lot on right (0.2 mile past Camino De La Plaza). Park to meet the Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS N32.551318, W117.062591)



Blue Sky Ecological Reserve (Creekside Trail)

Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:30 AM
This easy walk just north of Lake Poway follows along a stream and a woodland canyon of large oaks. The tracks of wild animalsÑincluding coyotes, mountain lions, and bobcatsÑattest to the habitats protected by the reserve. The longer hike option will climb to an overlook of Lake Poway. This is an easy 3 or 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Poway) From I-15 go east on Rancho Bernardo Rd. for 1.5 miles. Continue onto Espola Rd. Go 1.6 miles. Turn left into the Blue Sky parking lot and drive to the end. Facilities. (GPS N33.017394, W117.024871)



Cleveland National Forest (Pacific Crest Trail—Garnet Peak) New!

Saturday, September 30, 2017 9 AM

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)




Balboa Park (Maple Canyon—5 Bridges)

Sunday, October 1, 2017 8 AM

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)




Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Juaquapin Creek Loop)

Saturday, October 7, 2017 9 AM
Walk along a beautiful, shaded creek and stop for lunch near an area with morteros where native people once prepared food. This is an intermediate 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Descanso) From I-8, exit north onto CA-79 and go 2.7 miles. Turn left to stay on CA-79 and go 4.9 miles. Turn into the large parking area on the right (0.5 mile past the Green Valley Campground). No facilities. (GPS N32.910431, W116.574175)



Ocean Beach (Beach Trail) Midweek

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8 AM
This easy walk along the shore leads to the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier. The pier was built in 1966 and is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast, almost a half mile long. Seals and other marine wildlife are often seen from the pier. On the return trip, observe shorebirds in the surf and pelicans soaring over the waves. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Ocean Beach) Take I-8 W to the end and turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Keep right to remain on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and go 0.5 mile. Turn right on Voltaire St. and go 0.4 mile. Cross W Point Loma Blvd. and go into the parking lot. Facilities. (GPS N32.754127, W117.250349)



Santa Ysabel Preserve West (Lower Creek Trail) New!

Saturday, October 14, 2017 9 AM
Get a glimpse into the backcountry world of San Diego almost 200 years ago. The Preserve has many oak trees, including Engelmann and coast live oaks, surrounded by grasslands dotted with fields of flowers. Numerous bird species call this home. There are also expansive views of the mountains in the distance. This is a difficult 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Santa Ysabel) From CA-78, turn north into the Santa Ysabel Preserve West trailhead parking lot, 1.4 miles west of Santa Ysabel. Facilities. (GPS N33.102139, W116.695487)



Crestridge Ecological Reserve (Rios Canyon Trailhead) New!

Sunday, October 15, 2017 8 AM
Enjoy a trek through the less visited eastern "wing" of the Crestridge Ecological Reserve. On the Flinn Springs Trail you'll walk through stands of Ramona lilac and the rare Lakeside lilac, in mixed inland sage scrub and chaparral plant communities. Look for bush rue, cardinal catchfly and Nuttall's snapdragon. The hike will turn around at the Flinn Springs' overlook. An optional shorter loop of less than 2 miles, and with less elevation gain/loss, will take hikers through similar habitat. This is an easy 2 or 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.
(El Cajon/Crest) From I-8, exit southeast on Greenfield Dr. and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on La Cresta Rd. and go 3.1 miles. Turn left onto Mountain View Rd. and go 1.4 miles. Turn left on Rios Canyon Rd. and go 0.2 mile. Park at intersection of Rios Canyon Rd. and Gibson Highlands. No facilities. (GPS N32.830572, W116.849551)



San Dieguito River Park (Coast to Crest Trail—Mule Hill)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 8 AM

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)




Rancho Mission Canyon Park (Northeast)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 9 AM
We will caravan to a high point, and then walk downhill through prickly pear cactus and other chaparral plants with numerous trap door spider homes along the way. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(San Carlos) From I-8, exit north on Mission Gorge Rd. to Margerum Ave. Turn right (southeast) at the intersection and proceed a couple of blocks to the parking lot on the left. Facilities. (GPS N32.805508, W117.066063)



Volcan Mountain County Open Space Preserve (Five Oaks Trail)

Saturday, October 28, 2017 9 AM
This 2,195-acre preserve offers an array of seasonal wildflowers in oak-pine woodland. The shorter hike will go up the shady Five Oaks Trail and then return. The longer hike will continue to Volcan Peak for a lunch stop and a grand view of the area. This is a difficult 4 or 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Julian) From CA-78/79 in Julian, take Main St. north out of Julian for 2.2 miles (Main St. becomes Farmer Rd.). Turn right on Wynola Rd. Go 100 yards and then take the first left, which is a continuation of Farmer Rd. The preserve entrance is on the right. Park on the shoulder of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.105256, W116.602487)



Daley Ranch (Stanley Peak)

Sunday, October 29, 2017 8 AM
Enjoy an invigorating hike to Daley RanchÕs highest peak while delighting in the sights and smells of chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communities. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet.
(Escondido) From I-15, go east on El Norte Pkwy. for 4.5 miles. Turn left on Valley Pkwy., and go 0.4 mile. Turn left on Beven Dr. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Save-a-Life Way. Go 0.1 mile. There will be signs for both the Humane Society and for the Caballo Trail. Parking lot is on the left. No facilities. (GPS N33.158435, W117.032540)



Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension (Del Mar Scenic Trail)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:30 AM
See Torrey pines, native chaparral, and seasonal wildflowers on this easy walk to a vista point overlooking Los Pe–asquitos Lagoon and the ocean. This is an intermediate 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Del Mar) From I-5, exit west on Carmel Valley Rd. and go 1.2 mile. Turn right onto Del Mar Scenic Pkwy. and go 0.3 mile to the end of the road and park. No facilities. (GPS N32.938257, W117.252752)



Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (Carson's Crossing)

Sunday, November 5, 2017 9 AM

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)




Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Airplane Monument)

Saturday, November 11, 2017 9 AM
There are scenic views along the trail to the monument, which marks the site of the 1922 crash of Lt. Col. F.C. Marshal and 1st Lt. C.L. Weber. The memorial is a 12-cylinder engine mounted in stone. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Descanso) From I-8, exit north onto CA-79 and go 2.7 miles. Turn left to stay on CA-79 and go 4.9 miles. Turn into the large parking area on the right (0.5 mile past the Green Valley Campground). No facilities. (GPS N32.909355, W116.574853)