Canyoneer Hike List

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)



Lakeside's River Park (San Diego River Trail)

Sunday, November 12, 2017 9 AM
Take an easy stroll through 100 acres earmarked for restoration as wetlands and upland habitat. Encounter riparian willow thickets which are wonderful areas for bird watching as well as a variety of native plant life. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Lakeside) From I-8, go north on CA-67 for 5 miles. Exit on Winter Gardens Blvd. Turn left and go 0.2 mile. Continue onto Industry Rd. and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on Channel Rd. and go 0.4 mile. Turn left into the San Diego River Trail parking lot, just before Lakeside Ave. and meet the Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS N32.865541, W116.927837)



Mission Trails Regional Park (Kumeyaay Lake)

Saturday, November 18, 2017 3:30 PM
This short easy hike along a cottonwood and willow shaded lakeshore is perfect for young children, seniors and avid birdwatchers. This is an easy 1 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Santee) From I-8, exit north on Mission Gorge Rd. Continue 4.2 miles, then turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. Drive through the gated road past the Visitor Center and go 2.4 miles to the parking lot at the intersection of Bushy Hill Dr. and Father Junipero Serra Trail. Alternate route: From CA-52 exit on Mast Blvd. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on West Hills Pkwy. and go 0.7 mile. Turn right on Mission Gorge Rd. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Father Junipero Serra Trail and go 0.2 mile to the parking lot at Bushy Hill Dr. Meet the Canyoneer host in the parking lot. Facilities. (GPS N32.839002, W117.033748)



Balboa Park (December Nights)

Friday, December 1, 2017 5 PM

In this annual event, Canyoneers will be selling locally gathered mistletoe to benefit the San Diego Natural History Museum. Come enjoy the festivities and find the Canyoneer booths on the south and west sides of the Museum. Proceeds from the mistletoe sales go toward the Museum's Outdoor Access Fund which supports school and scout hikes. 

(Balboa Park) The Museum is located south of the zoo at Park Blvd. and Village Pl. Wheelchair accessible. Facilities. Check www.balboapark.org/decembernights for parking information. (GPS N32.732376, W117.147198)




Balboa Park (December Nights)

Saturday, December 2, 2017 5 PM

In this annual event, Canyoneers will be selling locally gathered mistletoe to benefit the San Diego Natural History Museum. Come enjoy the festivities and find the Canyoneer booths on the south and west sides of the Museum. Proceeds from the mistletoe sales go toward the Museum's Outdoor Access Fund which supports school and scout hikes. 

(Balboa Park) The Museum is located south of the zoo at Park Blvd. and Village Pl. Wheelchair accessible. Facilities. Check www.balboapark.org/decembernights for parking information. (GPS N32.732395, W117.147479)




Sweetwater Regional Park (Sweetwater Dam Loop)

Sunday, December 3, 2017 8:30 AM
This hike heads toward the Sweetwater Reservoir. Along the way, pass through several habitats, both natural and man-made, to experience a wide variety of plant and animal life. End the hike by visiting Morrison Pond to look for water birds and other aquatic species. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.
(Bonita) From I-805, merge onto CA-54 E and go 3.2 miles. Exit on Briarwood Rd. Turn right and go 0.6 mile. Turn left on Sweetwater Rd. and then turn right into the Sweetwater Regional Park parking lot. No facilities. (GPS N32.675502, W117.023020)



Santa Margarita River (River Trail)

Saturday, December 9, 2017 9 AM
The Santa Margarita River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in San Diego County. The river peacefully flows under a canopy of tall trees, between banks lined with dense riparian growth. It's a cool, refreshing place for a hike any time of the year. Wildlife, including deer and other large mammals, depend on this river corridor. The area is also noted for raptors that may be seen overhead or perched in trees. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.
(Fallbrook) From I-15, go west on Mission Rd. and continue onto East Mission Rd. for 4.9 miles. Turn right on North Pico Ave., which becomes De Luz Rd. Go 1.2 miles. Turn right on Sandia Creek Dr. Go 1.1 miles. Parking lot is on right. No facilities. (GPS N33.413515, W117.241602)



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Bighorn & Nolina Canyon Loop)

Saturday, December 16, 2017 9 AM
Explore two lightly visited canyons with bighorn sheep, fascinating rock formations, and an array of wildflowers (if the rains have cooperated). It is also interesting to compare these two canyons and their washes. While similar, they also have their differences. This is a difficult 8 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Tamarisk Grove) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on Main St. Continue on CA-78 (Banner Rd.) and go 22.7 miles. Meet the Canyoneer host at the signed entrance to Pinyon Wash (4.1 miles past Yaqui Pass Rd.) 4WD or high-clearance vehicles are needed to reach the actual trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N33.132162, W116.311512)



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Glorietta Canyon) New!

Sunday, December 17, 2017 9 AM
This canyon offers an escape from some of the more frequently visited areas around Borrego Springs. Wildflowers can be found in abundance if the rains have been kind. This is a challenging hike with boulder scrambling and elevation gains and losses. This is a difficult 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Borrego Springs) Take CA-67 north or CA-78 east to Ramona, continue east on CA-78 for 14.4 miles to Santa Ysabel (DudleyÕs world-famous bakery). Turn left on CA-79 towards Warner Springs and go 11.4 miles. Turn right on San Felipe Rd. (S-2) and go 4.7 miles. Turn left on Montezuma Valley Rd. (S-22) and go 17.4 miles. Turn right on Palm Canyon Dr. (S-22) and go 1.4 miles. Park at Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs to meet the Canyoneer host, then caravan to the trailhead. 4WD or high-clearance vehicles are needed to reach the actual trailhead. Facilities at Christmas Circle. (GPS N33.256111, W116.375040)



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Five Groves & Torote Bowl)

Saturday, January 6, 2018 9 AM
Explore the vegetation and animal life of five palm groves with different habitats, two of which have spring-fed surface water. We'll also visit Torote Bowl, home of the unique elephant tree. This is a difficult 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Ocotillo) From I-8 E, exit on Imperial Hwy. (S-2) at Ocotillo. Turn left on S-2 and go 17.3 miles to about 0.1 mile before mile marker 47 (decreasing numbers). Turn left at the signed Mountain Palm Springs Campground entrance and follow a short dirt road to the end. Meet the Canyoneer host at the trailhead. Facilities are available at the campground. (GPS N32.862550, W116.218790)



McGinty Mountain Ecological Reserve (McGinty Mountain Trail) Midweek

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9 AM
This small mountain southeast of El Cajon offers a hike with a 1,400-foot elevation gain/loss. Plants endemic to this island of gabbro soil are of special interest. The short hike to the South Ridge is about 2 miles round trip. The long hike to the summit is about 5 miles round trip and will take four to five hours. This is an intermediate 2 or 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Jamul) From I-8, take CA-125 S for 2.1 miles. Exit on Spring St. for CA-94 E. Turn left on Spring St. Go 0.1 mile and turn right on CA-94 E. Go 4.6 miles. Turn right on Campo Rd. (CA-94). Go 4.5 miles. Turn left on Lyons Valley Rd. Go 0.7 mile. Turn left at Jamul Dr. and continue for 0.4 mile. Parking lot is on right. No facilities. (GPS N32.729406, W116.872688)