Canyoneer Hike List

San Dieguito River Park (Lower Santa Ysabel Trail To Boden Canyon)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 8 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. Scheduled to end by 12:00 PM.

(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. Parking lot is on the left just past Forest Route 12S04/Lower Santa Ysabel Truck Trail. No facilities. (GPS N33.103395, W116.857321)




Tecolote Canyon Natural Park (West)

Sunday, October 20, 2019 8 AM

Observe seasonal changes to natural vegetation in the park and climb to a high point for a view of the golf course and the University of San Diego. Visit the nature center to see informative exhibits about the canyon. This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. Scheduled to end by 11:00 AM.

(Mission Bay) From I-5, exit east on SeaWorld Dr./Tecolote Rd. and go 0.6 mile, passing the ball fields. Park in the Nature or Recreation Center lots. Facilities. (GPS N32.775753, W117.197846)




Mission Trails Regional Park (Oak Canyon)

Saturday, October 26, 2019 9 AM

The walk starts past the Old Mission Dam (a nationally registered historic landmark) and follows a streambed rimmed by coast live oaks. This area is rich in both native plants and animals. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:30 PM.

(Santee) From I-8, exit north on Mission Gorge Rd. Continue about 4 miles, then turn left on Father Junipero Serra Trail. Drive past the Visitor Center through the gated road for 1.8 miles to the parking lot at the dam on left, or park along the road to the dam. Alternate route: From CA-52, exit east on Mast Blvd. Go 0.2 mile. Turn right on W Hills Pkwy. Go 0.7 miles. Turn right on Mission Gorge Rd. Go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Father Junipero Serra Trail. Go 0.6 mile to dam parking lot on right or park along the road at the dam. Facilities. (GPS N32.839722, W117.041389)




Cleveland National Forest (Champagne Pass) New!

Saturday, November 2, 2019 8 AM

Named “champagne” to celebrate the completion of the Indian Creek Trail, this hike offers little shade on its way to the top of Champagne Pass (~5500 feet) where the views are magnificent. Discover seasonal wildflowers while passing through dense chaparral among oaks, ceanothus, chamise, and manzanita along the way. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:00 PM.

(Mount Laguna) From I-8, take Sunrise Hwy. (S-1) north. Drive 15.6 miles to the Pioneer Mail parking area just past mile marker 29. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cleveland/passes-permits/recreation#adventure for more information. Facilities. (GPS N32.92493, W116.48231)




Cleveland National Forest (Eagle Peak)

Sunday, November 3, 2019 9 AM

Enjoy panoramic views of the Three Sisters Waterfalls along the trail. 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. Scheduled to end by 1:00 PM.

(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 on 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 parking lot on the left. The trailhead is for both Three Sisters Falls and Eagle Peak. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cleveland/passes-permits/recreation#adventure for more information. No facilities. (GPS N32.984544, W116.677112)




Rice Canyon Open Space Preserve (Rice Canyon Trail)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 9 AM

This pleasant walk through the canyon offers the opportunity to observe a diversity of chaparral plants. The path follows a segment of the California Riding and Hiking Trail. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:00 PM.

(Chula Vista) From I-805 S, take the H St. East exit. Turn right on E. H St. and go 3.1 miles. Turn left on Buena Vista Way and go 0.3 mile. Turn right into the parking lot for Discovery Park to meet your Canyoneer host. From I-805 N, take the H St. exit. Turn right on E. H St. and go 3.0 miles. Turn left on Buena Vista Way and go 0.3 mile. Turn right into the parking lot for Discovery Park to meet your Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N32.643556, W117.009064)




Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Stonewall Peak Loop)

Sunday, November 10, 2019 9 AM

Follow this switchback trail to granitic Stonewall Peak, elevation 5730 feet. Enjoy views of Cuyamaca Reservoir and nearby peaks of the Cuyamaca Mountains. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 1:30 PM.

(Descanso) From I-8, exit north on CA-79 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. Meet the Canyoneer host in the parking lot. A $10 day use fee or a California State Park Pass is required to park. See http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049 for more information. Facilities. (GPS N32.959647, W116.579154)




Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve (Equestrian Trail) New! Midweek

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 9 AM

Start out with a heart pumping 1 mile climb on the Way Up Trail to some spectacular views of the Olivenhain Reservoir. Native plant communities in the reserve include oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. Many bird species call this area home including soaring Red-tailed Hawks and the magnificent Snowy Egret. This is a difficult 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 2:00 PM.

(Escondido) From I-15, exit west on Valley Pkwy. for 1 mile. Turn right on Avenida Del Diablo and go 0.6 mile. Turn right on Citracado Pkwy. and go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Harmony Grove Village Pkwy. and go 0.4 mile. Turn left on Harmony Grove Rd. and go 2.2 miles to the Reserve's parking area on the left. Alternate route: From I-5, exit east on La Costa Ave. and go 4 miles. Turn left on Rancho Santa Fe Rd. and go 1.7 miles. Turn right on San Elijo Rd. and go 1.5 miles. Turn right on Elfin Forest Rd. and go 2.7 miles. Continue on Harmony Grove Rd. and go 1.7 miles to the Reserve’s parking area on the right. Facilities. (GPS N33.087299, W117.145451)




William Heise County Park (Desert View)

Saturday, November 16, 2019 8 AM

The Desert View trail ascends to the Park’s highest point. Glen’s View, elevation 4,927 feet, looks out on North Peak, Julian, and the desert. William Heise Park occasionally gets snow. Be prepared for temperature changes. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:00 PM.

(Julian) From CA-79, turn south on Pine Hills Rd. (1 mile west of Julian), and go 2.3 miles. Turn left on Frisius Rd. and go 2 miles to the park entrance to meet the Canyoneer host. A $3 day use fee or a San Diego County Park and Recreation Parking Pass is required to park. See http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/parks/discount-programs-and-parking-passes.html for more information. Facilities. (GPS N33.039624, W116.592220)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Nude Wash) New!

Sunday, November 17, 2019 10 AM

This hike is in an often overlooked small wash and canyon with fascinating geology and vegetation, similar to that found in the larger, more frequently visited washes and canyons in the Vallecito Mountains. Vegetation includes not only the spiny plants and ironwood trees found in the sandy wash, but also desert lavender, creosote bush, wishbone bush, and brittlebush. It offers an opportunity to see many interesting geological phenomena as well. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:00 PM.

(Tamarisk Grove) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on Main St. Continue on CA-78 (Banner Rd.) and go 24.3 miles. Meet the Canyoneer host at the entrance to Nude Wash on the right (5.7 miles past Yaqui Pass Rd.). No facilities. (GPS N33.13948, W116.28976)




Tijuana River Valley Regional Park (Dairy Mart Trailhead)

Saturday, November 23, 2019 9 AM

This 1800-acre park is bisected by the Tijuana River. 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. Scheduled to end by 11:30 AM.

(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) to meet the Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS N32.551318, W117.062591)




Cleveland National Forest (Pacific Crest Trail—Agua Caliente Creek)

Sunday, December 8, 2019 8 AM

Hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail where seasonal wildflowers may be plentiful along Agua Caliente Creek. This is a difficult 8 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 3:00 PM.

(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). A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cleveland/passes-permits/recreation#adventure for more information. No facilities. (GPS N33.288252, W116.656601)




San Dieguito River Park (Coast To Crest Trail - Old Coach Staging Area To Raptor Ridge)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 10 AM

Hike to Raptor Ridge and, if hawks, vultures, and other raptors are present, you’ll understand how it got its name. From the viewpoint you will have a panoramic view of the San Pasqual Agricultural Preserve and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. Scheduled to end by 1:30 PM.

(Escondido) From I-15, exit on Pomerado Rd./West Rancho Bernardo Rd. Go east on Pomerado Rd. for 0.2 mile to the first traffic light after leaving the freeway. Turn left on Highland Valley Rd. and go 2.3 miles to the Old Coach Staging Area on the right. There is ample parking and the trailhead is well marked. No facilities. (GPS N33.058177, W117.030485)




Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area (Hollenbeck Canyon Trail)

Sunday, December 15, 2019 8 AM

This hike passes 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. Two hike options will be offered. A shorter intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet or continue on to complete an intermediate 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.Scheduled to end by 11:30 AM.

(Jamul) From I-8, take I-805 S and go 3.9 miles. Exit on 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 N32.670551, W116.823287)




Marian R. Bear Memorial Park (Regents Road Trailhead) Midweek

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9 AM

Chaparral and California sage scrub habitats provide an opportunity to look for coyote melons and fragrant doveweed. This is a good place to learn to recognize poison oak! This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 11:00 AM.

(Clairemont) Take CA-52 to the Regents Rd./Clairemont Mesa Blvd. exit. Turn south towards Clairemont Mesa Blvd . Go 0.1 mile and turn right into the signed entrance for the Marian R. Bear Memorial Park parking lot. Facilities. (GPS N32.839660, W117.219082)