Canyoneer Hike List

Cleveland National Forest CANCELLED

Sunday, December 8, 2019 8 AM

Due to the recent rains we need to cancle this Sunday's Canyoneer hike at Agua Caliente Creek.

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)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Calcite Mine & Slot Canyon)

Saturday, December 21, 2019 9 AM

This walk passes through a slot canyon with narrow upper reaches to an area where optical-quality calcite was mined during World War II. Some sections of the slot canyon require rock scrambling. This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet and some moderate challenges. Scheduled to end by 2:00 PM.

(Borrego Springs) Take CA-67 or CA-78 east to Ramona, continue east on CA-78 for 14.4 miles to Santa Ysabel (Dudley’s 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. Facilities. (GPS N33.256170, W116.375368)




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

Sunday, December 22, 2019 10 AM

Explore this desert canyon while hiking up a sandy wash. Along the way, find a number of vaporous looking smoke trees as well as other seasonal flowers. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 2:00 PM.

(Borrego Springs) Take CA-67 or CA-78 east to Ramona, continue east on CA-78 for 14.4 miles to Santa Ysabel (Dudley’s 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. Facilities. (GPS N33.256285, W116.374348)




Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (Black Mountain Road Trailhead)

Saturday, December 28, 2019 9 AM

Enjoy a short, level walk along Peñasquitos Creek through sycamore and eucalyptus trees. The longer walk takes us to a waterfall located midway through the preserve. Some of the oldest rock formations in San Diego County can be seen at the falls. Two hike options will be offered. A shorter easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet or continue on to complete an easy 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.Scheduled to end by 11:00 AM.

(Poway) From I-15, exit west on Mercy Rd. and go 1.4 miles. Continue straight at the signal to enter the parking lot and meet at the large trailhead sign. 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 N32.938450, W117.129769)




Daley Ranch (Stanley Peak)

Sunday, December 29, 2019 8 AM

Enjoy an invigorating hike to Daley Ranch’s highest peak while delighting in the sights and smells of chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communities. This is a difficult 8 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet. Scheduled to end by 2:30 PM.

(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 the Caballo Trail. Parking lot is on the left. No facilities. (GPS N33.158435, W117.032540)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Lycium Wash)

Saturday, January 4, 2020 9 AM

This wash is a hidden gem of geologic wonders. There are several dry falls and tight squeezes that make this a very challenging, but rewarding, hike. This is a difficult 7 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet and some strenuous challenges. Scheduled to end by 4:00 PM.

(Ocotillo Wells) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on CA-78 E (Main St.) and go 34 miles. Turn right on Split Mountain Rd. and go 8 miles to meet the Canyoneer host. Consolidate into 4WD or high-clearance vehicles and caravan to the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N33.038255, W116.097017)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (June Wash)

Sunday, January 12, 2020 10 AM

While enjoying the spectacular geologic scenery, the goal of this hike is to reach the saddle and ridgeline which are the headwaters of the Sandstone Canyon/Fish Creek and June Wash/Vallecito drainage systems. Along the way, encounter many desert plants and animals and possibly some ancient Native American artifacts. This is an intermediate 7 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 4:00 PM.

(Ocotillo) From I-8, turn north on S-2 (Imperial Hwy), and drive 23 miles to the turnoff on the right for June Wash (signed), about one-half mile beyond highway mile-marker 42 and meet your Canyoneer host. Consolidate into 4WD or high-clearance vehicles and caravan to the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N32.931405, W116.256619)




Daley Ranch (Jack Creek) Midweek

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 9 AM

Hike through chaparral to a high point overlooking Dixon Lake. Continue down a riparian corridor past two ponds on the way to visiting the old Daley Ranch House. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 1:00 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 N33.166395, W117.052283)




Black Mountain Open Space Park (Miner’s Ridge Loop)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 9 AM

Hike through chaparral to view the remains of an old arsenic mine. Seasonal wildflowers may be plentiful on this hike. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. Scheduled to end by 11:30 AM.

(Rancho Peñasquitos) From CA-56 go north on Black Mountain Rd. for 2.3 miles. Turn right on Carmel Valley Rd. Go 0.9 mile. Turn right into the Black Mountain Open Space Park, and drive to the end of road. No facilities. (GPS N32.992639, W117.116363)




Barnett Ranch Preserve (Valley View Trail)

Sunday, January 19, 2020 9 AM

This historic cattle ranch is part of the property that was once the home of Augustus and Martha Barnett, whose adobe ranch house still stands. Find multiple habitats including coast live oak and Engelmann oak woodlands, coastal sage-chaparral scrub, and non-native grasslands. There are also several small ponds that fill up after the rains, adding interest to this hike. A variety of birds can be found here, including White-tailed Kites, Rufous-crowned Sparrows, Loggerhead Shrikes, and Golden Eagles. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:00 PM.

(Ramona). Take CA-67 to Ramona. Turn right on 10th St. In 0.4 mile, the road curves to the right and changes its name to San Vicente Rd. Continue on San Vicente Rd. and go 2.6 miles and then turn right on Deviney Ln. Park in the staging area to meet the Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N33.001238, W116.863386)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Palo Verde Canyon & The Moly Mine)

Saturday, January 25, 2020 9 AM

Hike one of the canyons of the Santa Rosa Mountains that is named for the many palo verde trees found in the wash. An old mine is found in the canyon from which there is a view of the undulating badlands. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Scheduled to end by 2:00 PM.

(Borrego Springs) Take CA-67 or CA-78 east to Ramona, continue east on CA-78 for 14.4 miles to Santa Ysabel (Dudley’s 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. Facilities. (GPS N33.257162, W116.375036)




Crestridge Ecological Reserve (Horsemill Road Trailhead)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 9 AM

Visit this historically rich reserve and see the recovery from the 2003 fire that burned the majority of this ecological reserve. Enjoy a variety of seasonal wildflowers in bloom. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. Scheduled to end by 11:00 AM.

(El Cajon/Crest) From I-8, exit east on Greenfield Dr. and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on La Cresta Rd. and go 3.1 miles. Turn left on Mountain View Rd. and go 1.2 miles. Turn left on Horsemill Rd. and go 0.6 mile. Park at end of street at signed entry to the Reserve. Facilities. (GPS N32.828041, W116.856170)