Canyoneer Hike List

Clevenger Canyon Open Space Park (South Trail) | Midweek

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8 AM

The trail zigzags to the top of a peak with wide open views of the San Pasqual Valley. Spice bush and monkey flower are just two of the many native plant species found here. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 8–10 AM.

(Escondido) From I-15, exit east on Via Rancho Pkwy. and go 0.2 mile. Continue onto Bear Valley Pkwy and go 0.6 mile. Turn right on San Pasqual Rd. and go 3.5 miles. Turn right on CA-78 E/San Pasqual Valley Rd. and go 6.7 miles. The parking area is on the right side of CA-78 about 5.5 miles past Safari Park. No facilities. (GPS N33.085277, W116.922198) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Indian Hill)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 9 AM

Hike through hillsides of teddy bear cholla and barrel cactus to the remains of a primitive 1912 railroad camp. This is an intermediate 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 9 AM–2 PM.

(Ocotillo) From I-8, exit north on S-2 (Imperial Hwy), and go 8.7 miles. Turn left onto Mortero Wash (signed) to meet the Canyoneer host. Consolidate into 4WD or high-clearance vehicles and caravan to the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N32.792889, W116.107661) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Bureau of Land Management - Southern Anza-Borrego (Domelands) | New!

Sunday, February 24, 2019 9 AM

Along the trail, discover an amazing variety of marine fossils attesting to the ocean waters that once covered this area. Stop at the other-worldly Domelands wind cave for a lunch break before beginning the return. This is an intermediate 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 9 AM–3 PM.

(Ocotillo) From I-8, turn north on S-2 (Imperial Hwy), and drive 7.1 miles to the turnoff on the right for Domelands (signed). Consolidate into 4WD or high-clearance vehicles and caravan 2 miles to the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N32.779171, W116.089914) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Mount Gower County Open Space Preserve (South Route)

Saturday, March 2, 2019 8 AM

Chaparral and oak woodland provide corridors for diverse wildlife. There may be woolly blue curls and canchalagua along the trail. This walk involves a moderate climb to a viewpoint. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 8 AM–NOON.

(Ramona) From I-8, exit north on CA-67 for 6.6 miles. Turn right on Willow Rd. and go 0.9 mile. Turn left on Wildcat Canyon Rd. and go 12.2 miles. Turn right on San Vicente Rd. and go 1.6 miles. Turn left on Gunn Stage Rd. and go 2.1 miles to the entrance of the Preserve. Park in the staging area. Facilities. (GPS N33.026672, W116.792507) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Cleveland National Forest (Big Laguna Trail)

Sunday, March 3, 2019 8:30 AM

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. 8:30 AM–1 PM.

(Mount Laguna) From I-8, 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. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. No facilities. (GPS N32.860868, W116.462077) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Cleveland National Forest (Garnet Peak)

Saturday, March 9, 2019 9 AM

Garnet Peak offers dramatic views of the desert and the Laguna Mountain Range. On a clear day the eastern views from this section of the Pacific Crest Trail may extend to the Salton Sea. This is a difficult 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 9 AM–2:30 PM.

(Mount Laguna) From I-8, take Sunrise Hwy. (S-1) north. Drive 15.6 miles to the Pioneer Mail Trailhead just past Mile Marker 29 and park. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. Facilities. (GPS N32.924079, W116.480444) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Cabrillo National Monument (Bayside Trail)

Sunday, March 10, 2019 10 AM

Encounter windswept vegetation and chaparral scrub forests on cliffs overlooking San Diego Harbor on this 2-mile round-trip hike. Remnants of World War II defense installations are visible. The return walk is all uphill. This is an intermediate 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. 10 AM–NOON.

(Point 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 0.6 mile. Exit right on Famosa Blvd./Catalina Blvd. Turn right on Catalina Blvd. and continue 2.7 miles onto Cabrillo Memorial Dr. and follow it 2.5 miles to the monument. Park by the Visitor Center. Meet on the sidewalk to the lighthouse (next to the road). Entrance fee is $15 per car. Facilities at the Visitor Center. (GPS N32.673922, W117.240193) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Cleveland National Forest (Cibbets Flat to Kitchen Creek Falls) | New!

Saturday, March 16, 2019 8 AM

This hike will cover a section of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Cibbets Flat campground, down past Kitchen Creek Falls and ending back on Old Hwy. 80. Along the way we'll encounter many species of native plants and wildlife as well as some magnificent views of eastern San Diego County. This is an intermediate 7 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet. 8 AM–2 PM.

(Buckman Springs) Take I-8 to Buckman Springs Rd. Turn right at the first stop sign (Buckman Springs Rd.) and left at the second stop sign (Old Hwy. 80). Proceed for 2 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail parking area on the right (just before the Forest Service campground). From here some cars will transport the group up to Cibbets Flat campground for the hike back down. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. A $5 day use fee is required for any vehicles parking at the Cibbets Flat campground. Facilities. (GPS N32.732506, W116.483277) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




McGinty Mountain Ecological Reserve (McGinty Mountain Trail) Midweek

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8 AM

This small mountain southeast of El Cajon offers a hike with a 1,400-foot elevation gain/loss. Plants endemic to this island of gabbro soil are of special interest. The short hike to the South Ridge is about 2 miles round trip. The long hike to the summit is about 5 miles round trip and will take four to five hours. This is an intermediate 2 or 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 8–10:30 AM or 8 AM–1 PM.

(Jamul) From I-8, take CA-125 S for 2.1 miles. Exit on Spring St. for CA-94 E. Turn left on Spring St. Go 0.1 mile and turn right on CA-94 E. Go 4.6 miles. Turn right on Campo Rd. (CA-94). Go 4.5 miles. Turn left on Lyons Valley Rd. Go 0.7 mile. Turn left at Jamul Dr. and continue for 0.4 mile. Parking lot is on right. No facilities. (GPS N32.729406, W116.872688) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Lycium Wash) | New!

Sunday, March 24, 2019 8 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 8 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. 8 AM–4 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) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Pacific Crest Trail (Eagle Rock)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 9 AM

Hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail to reach a formation known as Eagle Rock. The first 2 miles pass through oaks continuing to sparse chaparral and grassland with abundant seasonal wildflowers. This is an intermediate 7 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet. 9 AM–1:30 PM.

(Warner Springs) From CA-67, continue east on CA-78 through Ramona. At Santa Ysabel, turn left (north) on CA-79 for 14 miles. Meet the Canyoneer host near the Warner Springs Fire Station. No facilities. (GPS N33.273323, W116.645115) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Canyon Sin Nombre) | New!

Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:30 AM

The canyon is well known as an area of driving tectonic forces and awe-inspiring geologic structures. Explore some of the most interesting, but also easily accessible, slot canyons. This is an intermediate 7 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 8:30 AM–3:30 PM.

(Ocotillo) From I-8, turn north on S-2 (Imperial Hwy), and drive 13 miles to the turnoff on the right for Canyon Sin Nombre (signed). Consolidate into 4WD or high-clearance vehicles and caravan to the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N32.830015, W116.170306) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Crestridge Ecological Reserve (Horsemill Road Trailhead)

Sunday, April 7, 2019 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 200 feet. 9–11 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 onto 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) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Cleveland National Forest (Cottonwood Creek Falls)

Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:30 AM

On this 2-mile hike in the Laguna Mountains, with a gain/loss of 500 feet in elevation, follow a draw to where the creek emerges from a narrow canyon to create waterfalls. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. 8:30–11:30 AM.

(Mount Laguna) Take I-8 to Sunrise Hwy. (S-1) north. Drive 1.7 miles, just past mile marker 15. Park at either of the two large turnouts. The hike will begin at the north end of the east turnout. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. No facilities. (GPS N32.825533, W116.496378) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Old Banner Road (Warlock Mine)

Sunday, April 14, 2019 9 AM

This site offers a wide variety of seasonal wildflowers on a downhill walk to the Warlock Mine. Re-energize with lunch before the return, which is uphill all the way. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 9 AM–NOON.

(Julian) Drive east 1 mile from Julian on CA-78. Turn right on Whispering Pines Dr., then make an immediate sharp right turn onto Banner Rd. Go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Woodland Rd. Go 0.3 mile (passing Miners Ct.). Park on the street at the end of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.078505, W116.583982) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.