Canyoneer Hike List

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Ironwood Wash & Canyon)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 8 AM

Ironwood Wash gets its name from the more than 100 desert ironwood trees found here. There are also multiple palisades and side canyons in its serpentine reach toward Whale Peak. The higher reaches of the canyon have views toward June Wash and the Mud Palisades. This is a difficult 8 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet.

(Ocotillo) From I-8 E, turn north on S-2 (Imperial Hwy), and drive 23 miles to the turnoff on the right for June Wash (signed), about one-half mile beyond highway mile-marker 42. No facilities. (GPS N32.931402, W116.256650)




Navajo Canyon Open Space Park (Adobe Falls Trailhead)

Sunday, January 28, 2018 8 AM

Walk along the streambed part way up Navajo Canyon, which cuts narrowly into the communities of Del Cerro and Allied Gardens. Many native plant species, including gooseberry and scrub oak, may be seen. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.

(San Diego) From I-8, exit north on Waring Rd. and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Adobe Falls Rd. and go 0.1 mile to the stop sign. Park on the street by the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N32.782915, W117.086372)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Plum Canyon)

Saturday, February 3, 2018 8 AM

Experience lower elevation desert vegetation on this walk along an abandoned wagon road, once a major route into this section of Anza-Borrego. It is now a peaceful canyon filled with many native desert plants and animals. This is an intermediate 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet.

(Tamarisk Grove) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on CA-78 E (Main St.) and go 15.7 miles. Meet the Canyoneer host at the Plum Canyon turnout on the right side of the road. If you reach Tamarisk Grove (Yaqui Pass Rd.) you have gone 2.7 miles too far. A 4WD or high-clearance vehicle is needed to reach the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N33.128676, W116.425221)




Calavera Regional Nature Preserve (Lake Calavera Trail)

Sunday, February 4, 2018 9 AM

This hike offers the opportunity for views from the mountain top and to see natural lands habitat restoration in progress. Also explore an ancient extinct volcano, view waterfowl visiting the lake, and observe several different plant communities. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.

(Carlsbad) From I-5, go east on CA-78 for 3.2 miles. Exit on College and turn right (south). Go 0.4 mile to Lake Blvd. and turn left. Go 0.9 mile and turn right on Sky Haven Ln. Go 0.3 mile to the signed trailhead on the left. Facilities. (GPS N33.173976, W117.281093)




Azalea Community Park (Manzanita Canyon)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:30 AM

Come and explore two of San Diego's unique urban canyons. While in the heart of the city, Manzanita and Hollywood canyons are home for many native plants, birds, insects, reptiles and mammals. Along the way we'll be able to enjoy some interesting neighborhood art projects. This is an intermediate 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.

(City Heights) From I-5, take CA-94 E and go 2 miles. Take the Home Ave. exit. Turn left on Home Ave. Go 0.5 mile. Turn left on Gateway Dr. Go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Midvale Dr. Go 0.1 mile. Turn right on Ralene St. Go 0.1 mile. Continue onto Tulip St. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Pepper Dr. Go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Violet St. Go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Poplar St. and into the Azalea Community Park parking lot. Facilities. (GPS N32.732829, W117.107837)




Cleveland National Forest (Eagle Peak)

Sunday, February 11, 2018 8:30 AM

This trail has panoramic views of the Three Sisters Waterfalls. On a clear day, the view from the peak can extend to the ocean. This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet.

(Descanso) From I-8, take CA-79 north for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Riverside Dr. and go 1 mile.Turn left on Viejas Grade Rd., then make an immediate right past the store onto Oak Grove Dr. Go 1.6 miles. Turn right on Boulder Creek Rd. Go 13 miles (the last 7 miles is on a well-kept dirt road) to a hairpin turn that intersects Cedar Creek Rd. at the trailhead. The trailhead is for both Three Sisters Falls and Eagle Peak with Cedar Creek Fire Rd. slightly to the north. Park near the hairpin turn. No facilities. (GPS N32.984544, W116.677112)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Hueso Wash & Palm Spring)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 9 AM

Desert wildflowers plus a short slot canyon and interesting geologic features leading to a mud cave give this hike something for everyone. We'll also stop at the site of a former desert refuge for weary travelers crossing the desert. This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.

(Ocotillo) From I-8, exit on the Ocotillo Imperial Hwy. (S2). Turn left and go 21.3 miles to the signed dirt road for Palm Spring, at Mile Marker 43. We will caravan to the trailhead. A 4WD or high-clearance vehicle is needed. No facilities. (GPS N32.915362, W116.240814)




Otay Valley Regional Park (Fenton Pond Trail)

Sunday, February 18, 2018 9 AM

The trail passes through a variety of habitats including riparian woodland, marsh, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral, presenting many opportunities for bird watching and observing nature. There are several rare and endangered birds, including the Bell's Vireo and California Gnatcatcher, found here. The threatened Orcutt's bird's-beak plant may also be seen. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.

(Chula Vista) From I-5, exit east on Main St. and go 0.9 mile. Turn right on Broadway and go 0.3 mile. Continue onto Beyer Blvd. and go 0.3 mile. Turn left on Kaanapali Way and park. Walk back to the ranger station on Beyer Blvd. to meet the Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N32.587030, W117.071296)




Manchester Habitat Conservation Area (Manchester Trail)

Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:30 AM

Enjoy native plants and birds in a space preserved by the city of Encinitas. Several threatened or endangered species, such as San Diego thornmint and the California Gnatcatcher bird, occur in this protected area. A view of neighboring hills and mountains can be obtained from a high point on the trail. There are steep stairs at entrance and ruts along the trail. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.

(Encinitas) From I-5, go east on Manchester Ave. for 1 mile. Continue onto South El Camino Real. Go 0.7 mile. Turn right on Calle Ryan and go 0.3 mile. Park at the end of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.030441, W117.251621)




Cleveland National Forest (Lower Santa Ysabel Trail To Boden Canyon)

Sunday, February 25, 2018 9 AM

The Lower Santa Ysabel Trail, now reserved for hikers and equestrians, takes you beside a lush riparian forest of towering sycamores, willows, cottonwoods, and spreading oaks, draped with native grape vines as it travels beside or above Santa Ysabel Creek, then climbs up into bordering patches of grassland and chaparral. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.

(Ramona) From CA-67, go north on 7th St. for 0.2 mile. Turn right on Elm St. Go 1.4 miles. Turn right on West Haverford Rd. Go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Pamo Rd. Go 2.4 miles. Trailhead is on the left and is designated Forest Route 12S04/Lower Santa Ysabel Truck Trail. No facilities. (GPS N33.103395, W116.857321)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Morteros & Ghost Mountain)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 10 AM

Visit a Kumeyaay cultural area where foods were processed leaving deep morteros in the granitic rock. Then visit the home of Marshal South, a homesteader in the 1930s and Ô40s who emulated Kumeyaay ways. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.

(Shelter Valley) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on CA-78 E (Main St.) and go 11.5 miles. Turn right on Great Southern Overland Stage Rte. (S-2). Go 6 miles to the signed entrance to Blair Valley on the left side of the road. Meet the Canyoneer host in the parking area by the vault toilets, then caravan to the Morteros and Ghost Mountain. Facilities. (GPS N33.037184, W116.409256)




Dos Picos Regional Park (Ernie Pantoja Memorial Trail)

Sunday, March 4, 2018 10 AM

This 78-acre park is a hidden treasure. This trail is a special treat with beautiful views of the park and surrounding hills and an abundance of unusually large and healthy native plant species. After the walk enjoy watching waterfowl at the pond. This is an easy 1 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.

(Ramona) From I-15, exit east on Scripps Poway Pkwy. and go 8.6 miles. Turn left on CA-67 and go 7.4 miles. Turn right onto Mussey Grade Rd. and go 1.1 miles. Turn right on Dos Picos Park Rd. and go 0.6 mile. Turn left into the main park entrance and meet near the picnic tables. Facilities. (GPS N32.999141, W116.939270)




Old Banner Road (Warlock Mine)

Saturday, March 10, 2018 9 AM

This site offers a wide variety of seasonal wildflowers on a downhill walk to the Warlock Mine. Re-energize with lunch before you begin your return, which is uphill all the way. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.

(Julian) Drive east 1 mile from Julian on CA-78. Turn right on Whispering Pines Dr., then make an immediate sharp right turn onto Banner Rd. Go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Woodland Rd. Go 0.3 mile (passing Miners Ct.). Park on the street at the end of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.078505, W116.583982)




Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (Lopez Canyon)

Sunday, March 11, 2018 8:30 AM

This quiet canyon is home to a variety of wildlife, including several species of birds of prey. Walk past magnificent sycamores and other riparian vegetation along an old creek bed into areas where dense chaparral mixes with coastal sage scrub at the top of the mesa. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.

(Sorrento Valley) From I-5 N, exit on Sorrento Valley Rd. and then turn left on Roselle St. and go 0.1 mile. Turn right on Sorrento Valley Blvd. and go 1.1 miles. Parking lot is on the right. Alternate route: From I-5 S, take the I-5 Local Bypass then go east on Carmel Mountain Rd. for 0.3 mile. Turn right on Vista Sorrento Pkwy. and go 1.4 miles. Turn left on Sorrento Valley Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Parking lot is on the right. Alternate route: From I-805, exit on Sorrento Valley Rd. and turn left on Vista Sorrento Pkwy. Go 1.1 miles. Turn right on Sorrento Valley Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Parking lot is on the right. (4280 Sorrento Valley Blvd.). Facilities. (GPS N32.906792, W117.207241)




Cleveland National Forest (Eagle Peak)

Sunday, March 11, 2018 8:30 AM

This trail has panoramic views of the Three Sisters Waterfalls. On a clear day, the view from the peak can extend to the ocean. This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet.

(Descanso) From I-8, take CA-79 north for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Riverside Dr. and go 1 mile.Turn left on Viejas Grade Rd., then make an immediate right past the store onto Oak Grove Dr. Go 1.6 miles. Turn right on Boulder Creek Rd. Go 13 miles (the last 7 miles is on a well-kept dirt road) to a hairpin turn that intersects Cedar Creek Rd. at the trailhead. The trailhead is for both Three Sisters Falls and Eagle Peak with Cedar Creek Fire Rd. slightly to the north. Park near the hairpin turn. No facilities. (GPS N32.984544, W116.677112)