Walk under pines, oaks, and incense cedar on this 7-mile hike that follows the Agua Dulce fire road with a return on the Chico Spur. This is an intermediate 7 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.
(Mount Laguna) From I-8 E, exit on the Sunrise Highway (S-1). Turn left and go 8.1 miles. Turn left into the Wooded Hills Campground. Go 0.6 mile to the Agua Dulce Trailhead parking lot on right. Facilities. (GPS N32.853845, W116.435488)
The owner of this private property has given the Canyoneers special permission to lead a hike on this date only. This Poway location has an exceptional variety of native plants. This is an intermediate 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.
(Poway) From I-15, exit east on Rancho Bernardo Rd. and go 1.5 miles. Continue onto Espola Rd. (S-5) for 0.7 mile. Turn right on Martincoit Rd. and go 1.3 miles. Continue on Orchard Gate Rd. for 0.3 mile. Turn left on Lime Grove Rd. and go 0.3 mile. Lime Grove Rd. turns right, becoming Arroya Vista Rd. Go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Boulder Mountain Rd. and meet the Canyoneer host. Do not be late, as access through the gate is limited. No facilities. (GPS N32.998514, W117.044096)
A pond and seasonal wildflowers are highlights of this 5-mile walk in grasslands that continues on through sage scrub and chaparral habitats. This is a birding hotspot so be sure to bring your binoculars. This is an easy 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Ramona) From CA-67, go north on Highland Valley Rd. for 2.3 miles. Turn left to stay on Highland Valley Rd. Go 0.8 mile. Parking lot for the Ramona Grasslands Preserve is on the right. Facilities. (GPS N33.033142, W116.950561)
This loop has excellent views along the trail at Boucher Hill. Stop at a California Registered historical fire lookout tower at an elevation of 5,348 feet. With the chance of finding two species of wild orchids and ripening berry plants, this hike is a winner! This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Palomar Mountain) Take I-15 N past Escondido, exiting on CA-76 east toward Pala. Go 20 miles, take the South Grade Rd. (S-6) for 6.7 miles. Turn left at S-7 (just before the store and restaurant) and go 3 miles to Palomar Mountain State Park. Turn in at the first left past the Park entrance and meet the Canyoneer host in the Silver Crest Picnic Area parking lot. Facilities. (GPS N33.332127, W116.906599)
Daley Ranch has habitats that support a variety of plant and animal species. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area along the trail. This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Escondido) From I-15, exit east on El Norte Pkwy. and go 3.1 miles. Turn left on La Honda Dr. Go 1.3 miles. Parking lot for Daley Ranch is on the left. No facilities. (GPS N33.166300, W117.052483)
The Canyoneers have special permission to drive into Ward's Flat as a jumping off point for this challenging hike. The trail up to the top of Morena Butte is steep and rocky but the views are spectacular. On our return, look for seasonal wildflowers in Ward's Flat. This is a difficult 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of greater than 1500 feet.
(Morena Village) Take I-8 E to the Buckman Springs Rd. exit. Turn right (south) onto Buckman Springs Rd. (S-1) and go 5.3 miles. Turn right on Oak Rd. Go 1.6 miles. Turn right on Lake Morena Dr. Go 0.4 mile. Meet at the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot on the left side of the road (before entering the Park). Facilities. (GPS N32.682503, W116.516984)
This hike will pass through a riparian habitat wildlife area with the remains of a cabin and evidence of floodwaters. Lunch will be along a creek, sitting on boulders before heading back on the trailhead. A longer loop option will be offered for those wishing to go farther. This is an intermediate 4 or 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.
(Jamul) From I-8, take I-805 south and go 3.9 miles. Exit onto CA-94 E (M. L. King Jr. Fwy.) and go 5.2 miles. Keep right to stay on CA-94 E and go 5.1 miles. Turn right on Campo Rd. and go 9.5 miles. Turn left on Honey Springs Rd. and then make a quick left into the parking lot to meet the Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N32.670541, W116.822886)
Explore this Balboa Park canyon preserved by Helen Witham Chamlee. Together with citizen-scientists from the San Diego Natural History Museum, Chamlee founded the Canyoneers in 1973 as the "Florida Canyoneers." This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Balboa Park) From CA-163, exit east on Washington St. and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Lincoln Ave.and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Park Blvd. and go 0.7 mile. Turn left on Morley Field Dr. and go 0.2 mile. Cross Florida Dr. and continue uphill for 0.1 mile. Turn right and then take another immediate right. Park in the California Native Plant Garden lot. Facilities at tennis courts. (GPS N32.739718, W117.142435)
Hiking a section of the Pacific Crest Trail where wildflowers should be plentiful along Agua Caliente Creek. This is a difficult 8 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Warner Springs) From CA-67, continue east on CA-78, then left (north) on CA-79 at Santa Ysabel. Go 16.3 miles to a parking area on the left (just past mile marker 36.5). No facilities. (GPS N33.288252, W116.656601)
Enjoy a downhill trek through this beautiful stream-cut canyon in the Laguna Mountains. Pass through a stand of California bay-laurel trees and look for wild orchids, penstemons, and woolly blue curls. Bring plenty of water as the hike down to Pine Valley passes through open chaparral. This is a difficult 8 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet.
(Pine Valley) From I-8, exit north on Pine Valley Rd. for 0.4 mile. Turn left on Old Hwy. 80. and go 1.2 miles. Turn right on Pine Creek Rd. and go 1.6 miles. Turn right at the Noble Canyon Trailhead sign and go 0.2 mile and then caravan to trailhead. Facilities. (GPS N32.849770, W116.523082)
Learn chaparral plants and the history of the area on this morning walk along the canyon following La Cuenta Dr. ridge for a three-mile loop via Tierrasanta Blvd./Ducos Place. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Tierrasanta) From I-15, exit east on Tierrasanta Blvd. Go 1.3 miles. Turn right on La Cuenta Dr. Go 0.2 mile. Park on the street next to Roadrunner Park. No facilities. (GPS N32.819188, W117.099919)
Hike this trail through one of San Diego's urban canyons and explore part of the San Diego River watershed. Start with a visit to a native plant garden before descending into the canyon that is filled with both native and exotic plants and birds. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Serra Mesa) From I-15, exit west on Aero Dr. and go 1.1 miles. Turn left on Ruffin Rd. and go 0.6 mile. Cross Gramercy Dr. and park on the east side of Taft Middle School. Alternate route: From I-805 exit north on Murray Ridge Rd. and go 1.3 miles. Turn right on Sandrock Rd. and go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Gramercy Dr. and go 0.6 mile. Turn right on Ruffin Rd. and park on the east side of Taft Middle School. No facilities. (GPS N32.801658, W117.129044)
Observe many unique salt marsh plants that tolerate high salinity and being submerged by salt water. There is also an abundance of both visiting and year-round birds on this short 2-mile walk in this 37-acre natural wetland preserve. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Pt. Loma) Take I-8 west to the end, then turn left on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and go 0.1 mile. Keep left on Nimitz Blvd. and go 0.3 mile. Turn left on W. Point Loma Blvd. and go 0.5 mile. After crossing Famosa Blvd., park on the right. No facilities. (GPS N32.752639, W117.228644)
Hike on the largest man-made island in Mission Bay where, despite the abundance of invasive plants, there are thriving native species. We'll look for five plant species that the state considers to be sensitive, including NuttallÕs lotus. Most of these are sand and dune specialists that are hard to find on the increasingly developed San Diego coast. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.
(Mission Bay) From I-5, go west on Sea World Dr./Tecolote Rd. for 0.3 mile. Turn right onto East Mission Bay Dr., then turn left onto Fiesta Island Rd. Use the parking lot at the corner of Mission Bay and Fiesta Island before crossing the water onto the island itself. If the lot is full, there is additional parking to the right on the island. Facilities. (GPS N32.768974, W117.209465)
This hike has spectacular views as it passes under large pine and oak trees and climbs towards Laguna Meadow. Stop at Water-of-the-Woods pond for a snack break before heading back to the parking location. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.
(Mount Laguna) From I-8 E, exit on the Sunrise Highway (S-1). Turn left and go 5.5 miles. Park along the side of the road. Meet the Canyoneer host on the left side of the road opposite the wooden information platform on the right. No Facilities. (GPS N32.860868, W116.462077)