Canyoneer Hike List

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Oakzanita Peak) | Midweek

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8 AM

Scarlet larkspur and Indian pinks often brighten this challenging hike that climbs to the top of Oakzanita Peak for a spectacular view. There will be an option for a less strenuous hike of about 5 miles. This is an intermediate 5 or 7 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet. 8 AM–12:30 PM or 8 AM–1:30 PM.

(Descanso) From I-8, exit at CA-79. Turn left and go 2.6 miles. Turn left to stay on CA-79 and go 3.2 miles. As you enter Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, park in the dirt lot immediately to the right after the sign. No facilities. (GPS N32.889480, W116.576014) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Dos Picos County Park (Ernie Pantoja Memorial Trail)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 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. 10 AM–NOON.

(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. A $3 day use fee or a San Diego County Park and Recreation Parking Pass is required. Facilities. (GPS N32.999141, W116.939270) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Lake Morena County Park (Lake Loop Trail)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 8:30 AM

Morena Reservoir and the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cleveland National Forest provide access to some spectacular areas of vegetation, including riparian and chaparral communities. Giant granitic boulders border portions of the lake and hint at the geological processes that helped form the area. This is an intermediate 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 8:30 AM–1 PM.

(Morena Village) Take I-8 to the Buckman Springs Rd. exit. Turn west on Buckman Springs Rd. and go 5.3 miles.Turn right on Oak Rd. and go 1.6 miles. Turn right on Lake Morena Dr. and go 0.4 mile. Turn left into the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot. Please allow extra time to pay the County parking fee of $3 at the ranger station a short distance beyond the meeting site. Facilities. (GPS N32.682526, W116.516789) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Oakoasis County Open Space Preserve (Oak Grove Trail)

Saturday, May 4, 2019 9 AM

This trail, lined with wild lilac, passes through thick chaparral on a gentle upward slope. Take a short climb to a promontory overlooking San Vicente Reservoir and stop for a snack before beginning the return trip. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. 9 AM–NOON.

(Lakeside) From CA-67, exit east on Mapleview St. and go 0.3 mile. Turn left (north) onto Ashwood St. and go 1.0 mile. Continue onto Wildcat Canyon Rd. and go 3.3 miles. The preserve is on the left (west) at 12620 Wildcat Canyon Rd., about 2.5 miles past Louis A. Stelzer Park. Facilities. (GPS N32.912668, W116.887228) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Volcan Mountain County Open Space Preserve (Five Oaks Trail)

Sunday, May 5, 2019 8 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. 8–11:30 AM or 8 AM–1 PM.

(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) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Cleveland National Forest (Noble Canyon)

Saturday, May 11, 2019 8 AM

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, or lilies. 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. 8 AM–4 PM.

(Pine Valley) From I-8, exit north on Pine Valley Rd. and go 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 to meet the Canyoneer host and then caravan to trailhead. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. Facilities. (GPS N32.849770, W116.523082) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




City of San Marcos (Double Peak)

Sunday, May 12, 2019 9 AM

See inspiring vistas and a remarkable assortment of flowering plants, with something blooming nearly every month of the year on a network of trails to and around Double Peak in San Marcos‚Äô Cerro de la Posas Hills. This is an intermediate 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 9 AM–2 PM.

(San Marcos) From CA-78 exit south on Twin Oaks Valley Rd. (exit 13) and go 0.7 mile. Turn right on Craven Rd. and go 0.6 mile. Turn left on Foxhall Rd. and go 0.2 mile to Discovery Lake Park. Park either on the lot or along the street. Facilities. (GPS N33.125250, W117.178541) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Blue Sky Ecological Reserve (Creekside Trail) | Midweek

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:30 AM

This easy walk just north of Lake Poway follows a stream and a woodland canyon of large oaks. The tracks of wild animals‚Äîincluding coyotes, mountain lions, and bobcats‚Äîattest 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. 7:30–9:30 AM or 7:30–11:30 AM.

(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) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Juaquapin Creek Loop)

Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:30 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. 8:30 AM–2 PM.

(Cuyamaca Rancho State Park) From I-8, exit north on to 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) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Palomar Mountain State Park (Thunder Spring/Chimney Flats)

Sunday, May 26, 2019 9 AM

Enjoy a picturesque trail to Thunder Spring while hiking through bracken fern, oaks, and conifers. There are some steep elevation gains/losses as well as plenty of poison oak along the trail. This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 9 AM–1 PM.

(Palomar Mt.) From I-15, take CA-76 east for 20.5 miles. Turn left on S-6 (South Grade Rd./Palomar Mountain Rd.) and go 6.7 miles until the intersection. Turn left to stay on S-6. Turn left again immediately on S-7 (State Park Rd.), just before the store and restaurant. Go 3.1 miles to the Park entrance. Then go 0.2 mile and turn right at stop sign. Go 1.4 miles following signs to School Camp and Doane Pond. Parking lot on right. A $10 day use fee or a California State Park Pass is required to park. Facilities. (GPS N33.341747, W116.901352) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Tijuana River Valley Regional Park (Cathedral Trail) | New!

Saturday, June 1, 2019 8:30 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 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 8:30 AM–12:30 PM.

(Imperial Beach) From I-5, exit west on Tocayo Ave. and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on Hollister St. and go 0.7 mile. Turn right on Saturn Blvd. Park and meet the Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N32.553633, W117.084139) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Azalea Glen)

Sunday, June 2, 2019 8 AM

This loop trail begins and ends at Paso Picacho Campground. The walk is through meadows and dense forest, following a creek. Azaleas, columbines, and tiger lilies bloom along this shady, cool stream. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 8 AM–12:30 PM.

(Cuyamaca Rancho State Park) From I-8 E, exit at CA-79. Turn left and go 2.6 miles. Turn left to stay on CA-79 and go 9.3 miles to the entrance of the Paso Picacho Campground on the left. Meet the Canyoneer host in the parking lot. A $10 day use fee or a California State Park Pass is required to park. Facilities. (GPS N32.960090, W116.580295) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Lake Hodges (East Arm)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 9 AM

Hike through varied terrain, pass a waterfall, and learn about Native American use of plants in this area that is rich in Kumeyaay history. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9 AM–NOON.

(Rancho Bernardo) Take I-15 to West Bernardo Dr./Pomerado Rd. and turn west. Go 0.5 mile. There is a turnoff into a dirt parking lot on the right. Meet at the signed Bernardo Bay Natural Area. No facilities. (GPS N33.054405, W117.075216) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension (Del Mar Scenic Trail) | Midweek

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9 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. 9–11 AM.

(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) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Famosa Slough (Famosa Boulevard Trailhead)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 5 PM

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. 5–7 PM.

(Pt. Loma) Take I-8 W 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) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.