Canyoneer Hike List

Palomar Mountain State Park (Thunder Spring/Chimney Flats)

Sunday, May 26, 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. 9 AM–1 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. Then go 0.2 mile and turn right at stop sign. Go 1.4 miles following signs to School Camp and Doane Pond. Parking lot on right. A $10 day use fee or a California State Park Pass is required to park. Facilities. (GPS N33.341747, W116.901352) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Tijuana River Valley Regional Park (Cathedral Trail) | New!

Saturday, June 1, 2019 8:30 AM

This 1,800-acre park is bisected by the Tijuana River and 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. 8:30 AM–12:30 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 on Saturn Blvd. Park and meet the Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N32.553633, W117.084139) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Azalea Glen)

Sunday, June 2, 2019 8 AM

This loop trail begins and ends at Paso Picacho Campground. The walk is through meadows and dense forest, following a creek. Azaleas, columbines, and tiger lilies bloom along this shady, cool stream. This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. 8 AM–12:30 PM.

(Cuyamaca Rancho State Park) From I-8 E, exit at CA-79. Turn left 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 on the left. Meet the Canyoneer host in the parking lot. A $10 day use fee or a California State Park Pass is required to park. Facilities. (GPS N32.960090, W116.580295) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Lake Hodges (East Arm)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 9 AM

Hike through varied terrain, pass a waterfall, and learn about Native American use of plants in this area that is rich in Kumeyaay history. This is an easy 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9 AM–NOON.

(Rancho Bernardo) Take I-15 to West Bernardo Dr./Pomerado Rd. and turn west. Go 0.5 mile. There is a turnoff into a dirt parking lot on the right. Meet at the signed Bernardo Bay Natural Area. No facilities. (GPS N33.054405, W117.075216) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension (Del Mar Scenic Trail) | Midweek

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9 AM

See Torrey pines, native chaparral, and seasonal wildflowers on this easy walk to a vista point overlooking Los Pe√±asquitos Lagoon and the ocean. This is an intermediate 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9–11 AM.

(Del Mar) From I-5, exit west on Carmel Valley Rd. and go 1.2 mile. Turn right onto Del Mar Scenic Pkwy. and go 0.3 mile to the end of the road and park. No facilities. (GPS N32.938257, W117.252752) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Famosa Slough (Famosa Boulevard Trailhead)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 5 PM

Observe many unique salt marsh plants that tolerate high salinity and being submerged by salt water. There is also an abundance of both visiting and year-round birds on this short 2-mile walk in this 37-acre natural wetland preserve. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 5–7 PM.

(Pt. 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 0.3 mile. Turn left on W. Point Loma Blvd. and go 0.5 mile. After crossing Famosa Blvd., park on the right. No facilities. (GPS N32.752639, W117.228644) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Los Jilgueros Preserve (Los Jilgueros Trail)

Sunday, June 16, 2019 9 AM

Follow a looping path over a plank footbridge to view ponds and a freshwater marsh. Visit the firescape garden to learn about fire-resistant plants. This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9–11 AM.

(Bonsall) From CA-76 exit north on South Mission Rd. and go 4.4 mile. Just past Sterling Bridge Ln., turn right into the Los Jilgueros Preserve driveway. No facilities. (GPS N33.352804, W117.245813) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.




Palomar Mountain State Park (Weir/Lower French Valley)

Sunday, June 23, 2019 9 AM

Enjoy a picturesque trail through bracken fern and conifers, complemented by a side trip up a small stream to the old weir. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. 9 AM–NOON.

(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. Then go 0.2 mile and turn right at stop sign. Go 1.4 miles following signs to School Camp and Doane Pond. Parking lot on right. A $10 day use fee or a California State Park Pass is required to park. Facilities. (GPS N33.341765, W116.901381) We are always hoping to see wildlife. Please leave dogs at home and come enjoy nature.