Canyoneer Hike List

Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park (Soledad Canyon Trail)

Sunday, September 9, 2018 9 AM

Enjoy one of the most beautiful spots in San Diego, overlooking Mission Bay, and explore its natural charm on a sometimes-rough trail in a scrub-covered section of the park. This is an intermediate 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9–11 AM.

(Pacific Beach) From I-5, go west on Garnet Ave. for 1 mile. Turn right onto Lamont St. Go 0.6 mile. Shortly after Lamont becomes Soledad Rd. turn right on Park Dr. into the parking lot. Meet near the playground. Facilities. (GPS N32.811210, W117.237245)




San Diego River (Hazard Center Trolley Stop)

Saturday, September 15, 2018 9 AM

Arrive by mass transit to see native riparian and chaparral plants along the San Diego River mostly via a paved walkway. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9–11 AM.

(Mission Valley) By trolley, take the Green Line to Hazard Center. By car, from CA-163, exit east on Friars Rd. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right at Frazee Rd. and go 0.1 mile. Turn right on Hazard Center Dr. and park along street. Look for the Canyoneer host at the trolley station. Wheelchair accessible. No facilities. (GPS N32.770506, W117.157824)




Santa Ysabel Preserve East (Kanaka Loop Trail)

Sunday, September 16, 2018 10 AM

The Preserve's 3,800 acres extend from Hwy. 79 just north of Santa Ysabel east to Farmers Road, north of Julian. Walk through open grassland and among stately oaks on this looping trail. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 10 AM–1:30 PM.

(Julian) From Julian, take Main St. north out of town for about 2.2 miles (Main St. becomes Farmer Rd.). Turn right on Wynola Rd. for about 100 yards and then take the first left, which is a continuation of Farmer Rd. about 1 mile to parking lot on left. Facilities. (GPS N33.120065, W116.602681)




Balboa Park (Florida Canyon) | Midweek

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 8 AM

Explore this Balboa Park canyon preserved by Helen Witham Chamlee, and see where the Canyoneers began. Together with citizen scientists from the San Diego Natural History Museum, Chamlee founded the Canyoneers in 1973 as the "Florida Canyoneers." This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 8–9:30 AM.

(Balboa Park) From CA-163, exit east on Washington St. and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Lincoln Ave. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Park Blvd. and go 0.7 mile. Turn left on Morley Field Dr. and go 0.2 mile. Cross Florida Dr. and continue uphill for 0.1 mile. Turn right and then take another immediate right. Park in the California Native Plant Garden lot. Facilities at tennis courts. (GPS N32.739718, W117.142435)




Crest Canyon Open Space Park (Racetrack View Trailhead)

Saturday, September 22, 2018 8 AM

Enjoy a variety of native and non-native plants in this coastal canyon south of San Dieguito Lagoon. The trail ascends gradually into the canyon through sage scrub and chaparral habitats. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 8–10 AM.

(Del Mar) From I-5, exit west on Via de la Valle for 0.3 mile. Turn left onto Jimmy Durante Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Just after crossing the bridge over the San Dieguito River, turn left onto San Dieguito Dr. and go 0.6 mile. This becomes Racetrack View Dr. Continue through the stop sign and park on the road shoulder at the Crest Canyon kiosk. No facilities. (GPS N32.962883, W117.255278)




Azalea Community Park (Manzanita Canyon)

Sunday, September 23, 2018 9 AM

Start from the Azalea Park recreation center and ascend into Manzanita Canyon riparian and chaparral habitats. There will be some walking on uneven river cobbles which may make footing difficult for a short section. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9–11 AM.

(City Heights) From I-805, exit east on Home Ave. and go 0.3 mile. Turn left on Fairmount Ave. and go 0.7 mile. Turn left on Poplar St. and go 0.6 mile to the entrance of Azalea Community Park and park in the lot. Facilities. (GPS N32.732562, W117.107830)




Calavera Regional Nature Preserve (Lake Calavera Trail)

Saturday, September 29, 2018 8:30 AM

This hike offers the opportunity for views from the mountain top and to see natural lands habitat restoration in progress. Also explore an ancient extinct volcano, view waterfowl visiting the lake, and observe several different plant communities. This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 8:30–11 AM. 

(Carlsbad) From I-5, go east on CA-78 for 3.2 miles. Exit on College and turn right (south). Go 0.4 mile to Lake Blvd. and turn left. Go 0.9 mile and turn right on Sky Haven Ln. Go 0.3 mile to the signed trailhead on the left. Facilities. (GPS N33.173976, W117.281093)




Mission Trails Regional Park (Kumeyaay Lake)

Sunday, September 30, 2018 5 PM

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. 5–6:30 PM.

(Santee) From I-8, exit north on Mission Gorge Rd. Continue 4.2 miles, then turn left onto 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)




Lakeside's River Park (Walker Preserve Trail)

Saturday, October 6, 2018 9 AM

Take an easy stroll through 100 acres earmarked for restoration as wetlands and upland habitat. Encounter riparian willow thickets which are wonderful areas for bird watching as well as a variety of native plant life. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9–11 AM.

(Lakeside) From I-8, go north on CA-67 for 5 miles. Exit on Winter Gardens Blvd. Turn left and go 0.2 mile. Continue onto Industry Rd. and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on Channel Rd. and go 0.4 mile. Turn left into the San Diego River Trail parking lot, just before Lakeside Ave., and meet the Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS N32.865541, W116.927837)




Batiquitos Lagoon (Gabbiano Trailhead)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 10 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. 10 AM–12:30 PM.

(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)




Daley Ranch (Boulder Loop) | Midweek

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 8:30 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. 8:30 AM–Noon.

(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. No facilities. (GPS N33.166300, W117.052483)




San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve (Annie's Canyon Trail) | New!

Saturday, October 13, 2018 9 AM

Visit one of San Diego's newest trails. This is a short but challenging exploration of a remarkable sandstone slot canyon. An easier optional hike will be offered for those not wanting to brave the canyon. Both hikes will lead to an overlook of the lagoon and Pacific Ocean beyond. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9–11 AM. 

(Solana Beach) From I-5, exit west on Lomas Santa Fe Dr. and go 0.9 mile. Turn right onto North Rios Ave. and go 0.8 mile. Park at the end of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.003597, W117.272490)




Cleveland National Forest (Roberts Ranch) | New!

Sunday, October 14, 2018 9 AM

(Descanso) Take I-8 east to Japatul Valley Rd. Turn south and go 0.2 mile. Park on the side of the road just before the Transportation Dept. service yard. This is an easy 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9 AM–1 PM. 

(Descanso) Take I-8 east to Japatul Valley Rd. Turn south and go 0.2 mile. Park on the side of the road just before the Transportation Dept. service yard. No facilities. (GPS N32.823386, W116.627610)




Del Rey Canyon (Camino Del Rey Trailhead)

Saturday, October 20, 2018 9 AM

This easy walk offers the opportunity to see a variety of our native chaparral and riparian plants along one of our urban canyons. Observe a variety of wildlife that call this canyon home. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9–11 AM.

(Chula Vista) From I-805 S, exit on H St. East. Turn right on E H St. and go 2.8 miles. Turn right on Paseo Ranchero and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Camino Del Rey and go 0.2 mile and park on the street. Meet the Canyoneer host at the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N32.634628, W117.014323)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Soapstone Loop)

Sunday, October 21, 2018 6:30 AM

This section of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was acquired in 2001. The lands are adjacent to Lake Cuyamaca and connect the desert park to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, providing a wildlife corridor between the mountains and the desert. This is a difficult 9 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 6:30 AM–1:30 PM. 

(Mt. Laguna) From I-8, exit north on Sunrise Hwy. (S-1) and go 20.6 miles. Turn left into the Sunrise Trailhead parking lot. Facilities. (GPS N32.978223, W116.524863)