Canyoneer Hike List

Mission Trails Regional Park (Kumeyaay Lake)

Sunday, September 8, 2019 9 AM

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 on 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)




Batiquitos Lagoon (Gabbiano Trailhead)

Saturday, September 14, 2019 8 AM

A pleasant walk on level terrain provides ample opportunity to enjoy lagoon plants and shorebirds. Along the way visit a native plant garden. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 10:30 AM.

(Carlsbad) From I-5, exit east on Poinsettia Ln. and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Batiquitos Dr. and go 0.5 mile. Turn right on Gabbiano Ln. and go 0.3 mile. Park at the end of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.093746, W117.301354)




Cleveland National Forest (Agua Dulce-Gatos Loop)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 9 AM

Walk under pines, oaks, and incense cedars, on this 6 mile hike that follows the Agua Dulce fire road with a return on the Gatos Spur. This is an intermediate 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. Scheduled to end by 2:00 PM.

(Mount Laguna) From I-8 E, exit on the Sunrise Highway (S-1). Turn left and go 8.1 miles. Turn left at the Wooded Hills Campground sign. Go 0.6 mile to the Agua Dulce Trailhead parking lot on right. 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 N32.853845, W116.435488)




San Dieguito River Park (Del Dios Gorge Trail)

Sunday, September 22, 2019 9 AM

Admire the steeply rising granitic walls of the Del Dios Gorge and the scattered willows and oaks along the San Dieguito riverbed. View the 1918 Lake Hodges Dam from the Rattlesnake Viewing Platform. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:00 PM.

(Rancho Santa Fe) From I-5, exit east on Lomas Santa Fe Dr.and go 1.5 miles. Continue on Linea del Cielo for 2.6 miles. Turn left on Paseo Delicias and go 1.4 miles. Continue on Del Dios Hwy. for 1.9 miles. After passing Calle Ambiente, turn in at the fruit stand on the right. There is a road marked with an “SDRP” sign that leads to the parking area where you'll meet the Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS N33.039716, W117.156833)




Palomar Mountain State Park (Thunder Spring & Chimney Flats)

Saturday, September 28, 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. Scheduled to end by 1:00 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. Continue 0.2 mile and turn right at stop sign. Go 1.4 miles following signs to School Camp and Doane Pond. Continue to the parking lot on right. 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 N33.341747, W116.901352)




San Diego River Estuary (San Diego Estuary)

Sunday, September 29, 2019 8 AM

The Army Corps of Engineers built rock-faced dikes on both sides of the San Diego River that have created an estuary that is home to numerous birds, fish, and invertebrates. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 11:00 AM.

(Mission Bay) From I-5, exit on Sea World Dr./Tecolote Rd. Turn west on Sea World Dr. and go 0.9 mile. Turn left on South Shores Pkwy. Park along Old Sea World Dr. No facilities. (GPS N32.761449, W117.214407)




Tijuana River Valley Regional Park (Cathedral Trail)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 8 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 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:00 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 at the Bird and Butterfly Garden sign and park. Facilities. (GPS N32.553633, W117.084139)




Tierrasanta Greenbelt (Dishwasher Pond Trail)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 8 AM

Take a stroll through the canyon toward a small reservoir that attracts birds and other animals. This is part of a greenbelt area that sustains native vegetation in the area formerly known as Camp Elliott. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 10:00 AM.

(Tierrasanta) From I-15, exit east on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. for 0.9 mile. Turn left on Santo Rd. and go 0.1 mile. Turn right on Remora St. Continue onto Gabacho Dr. and park. Walk north on Santo Rd. to the trailhead. Alternate route: From CA-52, exit south on Santo Rd. for 0.9 mile. Turn left on Remora St. Continue onto Gabacho Dr. and park. Walk north on Santo Rd. to the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N32.830932, W117.102638)




Lake Hodges (Piedras Pintadas Trail)

Saturday, October 12, 2019 9 AM

The aptly named Piedras Pintadas (“painted rocks”) trail explores a small part of the rich San Diego County Kumeyaay Indian culture and habitat by following a well-marked trail with interpretive plaques. The trail wraps around Bernardo Bay on Lake Hodges, which is an important habitat refuge for many native and migratory animal species, especially birds. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:00 PM.

(Rancho Bernardo) From I-15, exit west on West Bernardo Dr. Turn west and go 0.5 mile. Turn right into the parking lot to meet the Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS N33.052047, W117.076418)




Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve (Grasslands Loop)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 3 PM

Canyoneers have special permission to hike this 5600-acre California Fish and Wildlife ecological reserve. Here find sage scrub and riparian environments, and efforts to convert grasslands to native habitat. The ruins of a historic brick-making kiln will also be visited. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 7:00 PM.

(Jamul) From I-8, exit on CA-125 S and go 2.1 miles. Exit on Spring St. towards CA-94 E. Turn left and go 0.1 mile. Merge right on CA-94 E and go 4.6 miles. Turn right on Campo Rd. (CA-94). Go 7.8 miles to the entrance of the reserve on the right. If you reach Honey Springs Rd. you have gone 1.8 miles too far. Facilities. (GPS N32.684428, W116.846851)




Daley Ranch (Boulder Loop) Midweek

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9 AM

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. Scheduled to end by 12:30 PM.

(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. Facilities. (GPS N33.166300, W117.052483)




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)