Canyoneer Hike List

Lake Hodges (Piedras Pintadas Trail)

Sunday, October 24, 2021 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

The aptly named Piedras Pintadas (“painted rocks”) trail explores a small part of the rich Kumeyaay 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. It is scheduled from 9 AM–noon.

(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)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Santa Ysabel Preserve East (Upper Santa Ysabel)

Saturday, November 6, 2021 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

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. It is scheduled from 9 AM–12:30 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., drive 1 mile to the parking lot on the left. Facilities. (GPS N33.120065, W116.602681)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



San Dieguito River Park (Coast to Crest Trail—Mule Hill)

Sunday, November 14, 2021 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This trail explores a colorful part of San Diego's history beginning at the Sikes Adobe built in 1872. Pass through the San Dieguito River floodplain with highly varied vegetation including thick pockets of willow and mule-fat and a mixture of native and non-native species. This is an intermediate 7-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. It is scheduled from 8 AM–1 PM.

(Escondido) From I-15, exit east on Via Rancho Pkwy. and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Sunset Dr. and go to the end of the street to park. Facilities. (GPS N33.066579, W117.067801)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Daley Ranch (Engelmann Oak Loop)

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Midweek hike. Daley Ranch provides several habitats that support a variety of plant and animal species. Walk among Engelmann oaks beside a stream that runs most of the year. This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–1 PM.

(Escondido) From I-15 exit on Deer Springs/Mountain Meadow Rd. Turn east on Mountain Meadow Rd. and go 1.3 miles. Continue straight on Hidden Meadows Rd. for 0.8 mile. Hidden Meadows Rd. turns left and becomes Granite Ridge Rd. Go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Meadow Glen Way E. and go 0.3 mile. Make a slight right turn on Cougar Pass Rd. and go 0.8 mile to the blacktop parking lot on the right. The last 0.5 mile of Cougar Pass Rd. is dirt, most passenger cars are able to pass. No facilities. (GPS N33.210085, W117.085716)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Cleveland National Forest (Agua Dulce - Chico Spur Loop)

Sunday, November 21, 2021 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Walk under pines, oaks, and incense cedar on this scenic hike that follows the Agua Dulce fire road with a return on the Chico Spur. This is an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–2 PM.

(Mount Laguna) From I-8, exit onto the Sunrise Highway (S-1). Turn left and go 8.1 miles. Turn left into the Wooded Hills Campground. Go 0.6 mile to the Agua Dulce Trailhead parking lot on the 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)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Del Dios Highlands County Preserve (Del Dios Highlands Trail)

Saturday, December 4, 2021 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

New hike! Views of Lake Hodges, the Olivenhain Reservoir, and the Pacific Ocean reward hikers after a steep ascent. This is an intermediate 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–noon.

(Escondido) From I-15, exit on Via Rancho Pkwy. Turn west on E Via Rancho Pkwy. and go 3.1 miles. Turn left on Del Dios Hwy. and go 0.5 mile. Turn right at the Del Dios Highlands sign. Proceed to the parking area at the end of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.083818, W117.118967)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Batiquitos Lagoon (Gabbiano Trailhead)

Sunday, December 12, 2021 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

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. It is scheduled from 8–10:30 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. Wheelchair Accessible. No facilities. (GPS N33.093746, W117.301354)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (Black Mountain Road Trailhead)

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Midweek hike. Enjoy a short, level walk along Peñasquitos Creek through sycamore and eucalyptus trees. The longer walk takes you 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. It is scheduled from 9–11 AM or 9 AM–1 PM.

(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)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (5 Groves Trail)

Saturday, December 18, 2021 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Explore the vegetation, bird, and animal life of the five palm groves, two of which have spring-fed surface water. Look for the unique torote tree, also called the elephant tree. This is an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 10 AM–2 PM.

(Ocotillo) From I-8, exit on Imperial Hwy. (S-2) at Ocotillo. Turn left on S-2 and go 17.3 miles to about 0.1 mile before mile marker 47 (decreasing numbers). Turn left at the signed Mountain Palm Springs Campground entrance and follow a short dirt road to the end. Meet the Canyoneer host at the trailhead. Facilities are available at the campground. (GPS N32.862550, W116.218790)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Mission Trails Regional Park (Kumeyaay Lake)

Sunday, December 26, 2021 7:30 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

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. It is scheduled from 7:30–9 AM.

(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)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (West Butte Borrego Mountain)

Sunday, January 2, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

The West Butte is a classic hike for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park visitors. The trail to the peak is moderate, with a rewarding 360-degree view. There is a short but steep descent entering the main wash leading to a very narrow slot canyon (The Slot) which is a favorite of explorers and seekers of wildflowers. Flowers usually begin to appear in early spring while Ironwood trees begin to bloom in late spring. This is a difficult 5-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet and some strenuous challenges. It is scheduled from 9 AM–2 PM.

(Ocotillo Wells) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on CA-78 E (Main St.) and go 28.5 miles. Turn left on Borrego Mountain Wash and park to meet the Canyoneer host, then caravan to the trailhead. Facilities. (GPS N33.158966, W116.218826)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Balboa Park (Florida Canyon)

Saturday, January 8, 2022 2 PM | Capacity: 25 people.

See where it all began! This scenic urban canyon winds through Balboa Park, and is where the Canyoneers group was formed in 1973. Together with community scientists from the San Diego Natural History Museum, Associate Botanist Helen Witham Chamlee founded this naturalist group as the "Florida Canyoneers." They offered guided nature walks through unplanted hillsides—focused initially on this canyon. Chamlee was instrumental in establishing a part of Florida Canyon as a native plant preserve. This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. It is scheduled from 2–4 PM.

(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)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Maidenhair Falls)

Saturday, January 15, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Explore an ideal desert canyon fed by a year-round spring on this challenging hike. See vegetation not generally found in the desert—sycamore trees, palms, maidenhair ferns, and even a sighting of orchids. The higher portion of this canyon trek involves some boulder scrambling. This is a difficult 6-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet and some strenuous challenges. It is scheduled from 9 AM–2 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 16.6 miles. Turn left into the Parking lot at the bottom of the grade. Meet the Canyoneer host here. (If you reach Palm Canyon Dr. you have gone too far). There is a $10 day use fee or a California State Park Pass is required to park. See https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049 for more information. Facilities. (GPS N33.248402, W116.405711)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Luelf Pond Preserve (Luelf Pond Trail)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

New hike! This trail runs through a riparian area and oak forest before climbing a steep chaparral-covered hill to a viewpoint. This is an intermediate 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. It is scheduled from 9–11 AM.

(Ramona) From CA-67, turn south on Dye Rd. and go 1.0 mile. Turn right on Southern Oak Rd. and go 1.0 mile. Turn right on Willow Oak Dr., which becomes Duck Pond Ln., and go 0.3 mile. Luelf Pond Open Space Preserve is on the left. Park on the street. No facilities. (GPS N32.994239, W116.898231)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Manchester Habitat Conservation Area (Manchester Trail)

Sunday, January 23, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Enjoy native plants and birds in a space preserved by the city of Encinitas. Several threatened or endangered species, such as San Diego thornmint and the California gnatcatcher, occur in this protected area. A view of neighboring hills and mountains can be obtained from a high point on the trail. There are steep stairs at the entrance and ruts along the trail. This is an easy 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 10 AM–1 PM.

(Encinitas) From I-5, go east on Manchester Ave. for 1 mile. Continue on South El Camino Real. Go 0.7 mile. Turn right on Calle Ryan and go 0.3 mile. Park at the end of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.030441, W117.251621)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.