Canyoneer Hike List

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Potrero Canyon & Baileys Cabin) New!

Saturday, February 24, 2024 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

The Vallecito Valley has been a seasonal home to native Kumeyaay for thousands of years. As the desert heated up, the Native Americans would move up into the Laguna Mountains on the Potrero Trail leading out of this valley.

This hike concentrates more on the ranching era, featuring the Olin Bailey Cabin, described in 1916 by a visitor as "a neat, trim looking little affair with the most heavenly pale blue door and window casings". This is an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation change of 250 feet. The hike is scheduled from 10 AM–2 PM. (Ocotillo) From I-8 exit north on S-2 (Imperial Hwy ). Go 30.5 miles. Turn right into the Vallecito Equestrian Stage Area and park (1 mile past Vallecito Stage Station County Park). (Julian) From CA-78 turn south on S-2 (Great Overland Southern Stage Route) and go 17.0 miles. Turn left into the Vallecito Equestrian Stage Area and park. A Day Use Fee or California State Park Pass is required for each vehicle (1 day for $10.00). Day use passes can be purchased online using the Yodel app (follow instructions on the signs found at parking locations - $0.35 fee added), at a kiosk, or Iron Ranger, depending on the location. Note: Any Day Use pass is valid at all locations that require a pass within the park. See https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049 for more information. No facilities. (GPS N32.975947, W116.363578)




Pacific Crest Trail (Eagle Rock)

Sunday, March 3, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail to reach a stunning formation known as Eagle Rock for a very good reason.

The first 2 miles pass through oaks continuing to sparse chaparral and grassland with abundant seasonal wildflowers. This is an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation change of 1250 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–1 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)




Daley Ranch (Engelmann Oak Loop)

Saturday, March 9, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

The City of Escondido owns and manages this 3000+ acre preserve that provides over 25 miles of hiking and dirt-biking roads and trails.

The Engelmann Oak Trail is in a more secluded part of the ranch, offering a degree of solitude not found on the trails near the main entrance. Also, Engelmann oaks are a somewhat rare live oak tree, usually with upright trunks and flat, gray-green leaves. This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 1000 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–noon. (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, but most passenger cars are able to pass. No facilities. (GPS N33.210085, W117.085716)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Rainbow/ Box Canyon Loop) New!

Sunday, March 10, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Starting out in a sandy wash, we will encounter dry waterfalls as a spectacular desert canyon surrounds us.

Swirled and foliated marine sediments, sliced with pegmatite and other granitic dikes and veins, give this canyon its name. Along with the geology, Rainbow Canyon is outstanding for its variety of vegetation as well as several raptor and wood-rat nests. This is considered a difficult hike, both for its length and having to scale several dry waterfalls. This is a difficult 8-mile hike with an elevation change of 1150 feet including some strenuous challenges. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–2 PM. (Shelter Valley) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on CA-78 E (Main St.). Go 11.3 miles. Turn south on S-2 (Great Southern Overland Stage Route) and go 10 miles. Park in the dirt lot on the left side of the road. Alternate route: (Ocotillo) From I-8 E, exit left on S-2 at Ocotillo and go 37.5 miles (8.8 miles past Agua Caliente Hot Springs). Park in the dirt lot on the right side of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.004026, W116.454265)




Cleveland National Forest - Corral Canyon OHV (Hidden Creek ) New! Midweek

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 8:30 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This trail is a hidden gem in the Buckman Springs, Lake Moreno area. On this hike, we will head upstream on Kitchen Creek, passing through old growth willow, cottonwood and mixed riparian vegetation.

Once we come to the bridge under I-8, we will catch the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and climb up the ridge to the east. Beautiful views and overhead chaparral plant communities dress the trail as it climbs up to a large, flat boulder outcropping–a great place for a break and views of Lake Moreno. The trail then meanders down to Hidden Creek, which flows west to join with Kitchen Creek and into the lake. This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 650 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8:30–11:30 AM. (Morena Village) Take I-8 E to the Buckman Springs Rd. exit. Turn right (south) on Buckman Springs Rd. (S-1) and go 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Corral Canyon Tl and drive 1 miles on the well graded dirt road. Parking area is on the right. Facilities available at the Buckman Springs Rest Stop. (GPS N32.70820, W116.50736)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Kenyon Overlook & Cactus Loop) New!

Saturday, March 16, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Hike to an impressive view of Anza-Borrego's Mescal Bajada for an overview of the overlapping alluvial fans that flow down from the Pinyon Mountains.

We will then return to our cars and drive 1 mile to the Tamarisk Grove Campground to catch the Cactus Loop Trail. This trail is known for having a profusion of blooming cactus. This is an easy 2-mile hike with an elevation change of 450 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–1 PM. (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park) From I-8, exit north on CA-79 through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to Julian. Turn east on CA-78 and proceed to the junction with S-3 at Tamarisk Grove. Turn left on S-3 and drive 2 miles to the top of Yaqui Pass, parking at the Yaqui Pass Primitive Camp. Meet the Canyoneer host in the parking area. No facilities. Afterwards, caravan to Mine Canyon on CA-78 and then consolidate into high clearance vehicles to drive to the village site. No facilities. (GPS N33.148988, W116.349676)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Expedition Wildflower) New!

Sunday, March 17, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Join the Canyoneers as we hunt for the best wildflower blooms in Anza-Borrego.

We will meet at Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs then head out on our quest. Depending on where the bloom is happening we may be driving for several miles and making multiple stops. A high clearance vehicle may be useful but carpooling for those without may be arranged. Bring a lunch and plenty of water since we may be out for several hours. This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 600 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–1 PM. (Borrego Springs) Take CA-67 or CA-78 east to Ramona, continue east on CA-78 for 14.4 miles to Santa Ysabel. 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 N33.25647, W116.37572)




William Heise County Park (Desert View)

Saturday, March 23, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

The Desert View trail ascends to the Park's highest point. Glen's View, elevation 4927 feet, looks out on North Peak, Julian, and the desert.

William Heise Park occasionally gets snow. Be prepared for temperature changes. This is an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 1150 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–noon. (Julian) From CA-79, turn south on Pine Hills Rd. (1 mile west of Julian), and go 2.3 miles. Turn left on Frisius Rd. and go 2 miles to the park entrance to meet the Canyoneer host. A $3 day use fee or a San Diego County Parks and Recreation Parking Pass is required to park. See https://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/shop/Discounts.html#Parking for more information. Facilities. (GPS N33.039624, W116.592220)




Dictionary Hill Open Space Preserve (Barcelona Trail)

Sunday, March 24, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

One of the newest additions to the County's open space parks, this area supports a wealth of native plants, birds, and wildflowers. The trail leads from Bancroft Creek to the top of the mountain, where hikers are greeted by a 360-degree panoramic view of southeast San Diego.

Come learn the fascinating story of why this was originally known as Lookout Mountain. This is an intermediate 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 750 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–noon. (Spring Valley) From CA-94, exit south on Sweetwater Springs Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Turn right on Austin Dr. and go 0.7 mile. Turn left on S. Barcelona St. and go 0.3 mile to the end of the road to meet your Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS N32.726880, W116.983417)




Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Five Groves & Torote Bowl)

Saturday, March 30, 2024 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Explore the vegetation and animal life of five palm groves with different habitats, two of which have spring-fed surface water. We will also visit Torote Bowl, home of the unique elephant tree.

This is a difficult 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 1250 feet. The hike is scheduled from 10 AM–2 PM. (Ocotillo) From I-8 E, 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. A Day Use Fee or California State Park Pass is required for each vehicle (1 day for $10.00). Day use passes can be purchased online using the Yodel app (follow instructions on the signs found at parking locations - $0.35 fee added), at a kiosk, or Iron Ranger, depending on the location. Note: Any Day Use pass is valid at all locations that require a pass within the park. See https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049 for more information. Facilities are available at the campground. (GPS N32.862550, W116.218790)




Ramona Grasslands County Preserve (Wildflower Loop Trail)

Sunday, March 31, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

A pond and seasonal wildflowers are highlights of this walk through grasslands which continues on through sage scrub and chaparral habitats.

This is a birding hotspot so be sure to bring binoculars. This is an easy 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 350 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–noon. (Ramona) From CA-67, go north on Highland Valley Rd. for 2.3 miles. Turn left to stay on Highland Valley Rd. Go 0.8 mile. Parking lot for the Ramona Grasslands Preserve is on the right. Facilities. (GPS N33.033142, W116.950561)




Bureau of Land Management - McCain Valley (Pepperwood Springs Mesa) New!

Saturday, April 6, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Sweeping views of the mountains and desert to the east make McCain Valley a unique experience.

The area is part of the Peninsular Ranges of Southern California and is dotted with large granitic boulders and islands of oak groves and even palm oases. The area was a seasonal settlement for Native American peoples for thousands of years and evidence of their lives can still be found. This is a difficult 8-mile hike with an elevation change of 550 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–2 PM. (Boulevard) From I-8 take Exit 65 for Boulevard at Hwy 94. Turn south and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on Old Hwy 80 and go 2 miles. Turn left on McCain Valley Rd. Go 13.5 miles, passing Lark Canyon campground (5.2 miles) and Cottonwood Campground (12.7 miles). McCain Valley Rd will eventually turn into a graded dirt road. Meet you Canyoneer host at the side of the road. No facilities. (GPS N32.812298, W116.341870)




Rancho Mission Canyon Park (Hemingway Dr Trailhead)

Sunday, April 7, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

We will caravan to a high point, and then walk downhill through prickly pear cactus and other chaparral plants with numerous trapdoor spider homes along the way.

This is an easy 2-mile hike with an elevation change of 300 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8–10:30 AM. (San Carlos) From I-8, exit north on Mission Gorge Rd. to Margerum Ave. Turn right (southeast) at the intersection and proceed a couple of blocks to the parking lot on the left. Facilities. (GPS N32.805508, W117.066063)




Cleveland National Forest (Kitchen Creek Falls)

Saturday, April 13, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Follow a section of the Pacific Crest Trail as it climbs the southern flanks of the Laguna Mountains.

Along the way there will be manzanita and other chaparral species as well as expansive views down into the Kitchen Creek watershed. After a steep and rocky descent, lunch can be enjoyed at Kitchen Creek Falls before retracing the route back to the parking location. This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 1250 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–12:30 PM. (Buckman Springs) Take I-8 E 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 (just before the Forest Service campground). 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 available at the Buckman Springs Rest Stop. (GPS N32.732506, W116.483277)




Lake Morena County Park (Lake Loop Trail)

Sunday, April 14, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Morena Reservoir and the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cleveland National Forest provide access to some spectacular areas of vegetation, including riparian and chaparral communities.

Giant granitic boulders border portions of the lake and hint at the geological processes that helped form the area. This is an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation change of 950 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–12:30 PM. (Morena Village) Take I-8 to the Buckman Springs Rd. exit. Turn west on Buckman Springs Rd. and go 5.3 miles.Turn right on Oak Rd. and go 1.6 miles. Turn right on Lake Morena Dr. and go 0.4 mile. Turn left into the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot. A $3 day use fee or a San Diego County Park and Recreation Parking Pass is required to park. Please allow extra time to pay the parking fee at the ranger station a short distance beyond the meeting site. See https://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/shop/Discounts.html#Parking for more information. Facilities. (GPS N32.682526, W116.516789)




Volcan Mountain County Open Space Preserve (Five Oaks Trail) Midweek

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This 2195-acre preserve offers an array of seasonal wildflowers in oak-pine woodland. Two hike options will be offered.

The shorter 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 1000 feet will go up the shady Five Oaks Trail and then return. The longer 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 1500 feet will continue on to Volcan Peak for a lunch stop and a grand view of the area and then return. The hike is scheduled from 8–11:30 AM or 8 AM–1 PM. (Julian) From CA-78/79 in Julian, take Main St. north out of Julian for 2.2 miles (Main St. becomes Farmer Rd.). Turn right on Wynola Rd. Go 100 yards and then take the first left, which is a continuation of Farmer Rd. The preserve entrance is on the right. Park on the shoulder of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.105256, W116.602487)




UC San Diego Natural Reserve System (Dawson Creek)

Saturday, April 20, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

The Canyoneers have special permission from UC San Diego to hike the 235-acre Dawson-Los Monos Canyon Reserve. Explore the multiple habitats found in the Reserve, and find species associated with grasslands, riparian, and coastal sage scrub ecosystems.

Birds, reptiles, and amphibians are possible sightings along the trail. Old pastures of annual grasses intermixed with native herbaceous species are the result of a century of grazing. A seasonal floodplain supports its own set of species in wet years, and where grazing has been eliminated within the reserve, the meadows now support many native species. This is an easy 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 650 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–noon. (Vista) From I-15, take CA-78 W for 7.5 miles. Exit on Sycamore Ave. and turn left. Go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Shadowridge Dr. and go 1.9 miles to the signed entrance of the park at Antigua Dr. Park and meet the Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N33.157909, W117.246481)




Cleveland National Forest (Scove Canyon)

Saturday, April 27, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

​​Explore the lower slopes of the Laguna Mountains hiking above a seasonal creek. A variety of flowering shrubs are often found along the trail as well as many birds and other wildlife.

The shorter 4-mile hike will go to a shady grove of Coulter Pines before heading back. The longer 6-mile hike will continue on and drop down to meet the Noble Canyon Trail before beginning the return trip​​. This hike is being done in conjunction with the City Nature Challenge (CNC). Started in 2016 as a competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco, CNC has grown into an international event, motivating people around the world to find and document wildlife in their own cities. The Nat administers San Diego County’s participation and the iNat project for our County, and encourages people across San Diego County to participate. For more information about CNC see: https://www.citynaturechallenge.org. Attendees are encouraged to use iNaturalist to log their observations (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/what+is+it). Two hike options will be offered. A shorter intermediate 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 400 feet, or continue on to complete an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation change of 1250 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–noon or 9 AM–2 PM. (Mount Laguna) Take I-8 E to the Sunrise Hwy. (S-1). Turn north and go 2.0 miles, just past mile marker 15.0. Park in the large turnout on the left. The hike will begin at the north end of the turnout. No facilities. (GPS N32.82738, W116.49581)




Oakoasis Preserve (Oakoasis Loop)

Sunday, May 5, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This trail, lined with wild lilac, passes through thick chaparral on a gentle upward slope.

Explore a spur of the Trans-county Trail that drops down towards the San Vicente Reservoir before taking a short climb to a promontory overlooking the reservoir. Stop for a snack before beginning the return trip. This is an intermediate 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 500 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–12:30 PM. (Lakeside) 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 3.3 miles. Turn left into the entrance for Oakoasis Preserve, immediately opposite Blue Sky Ranch Rd. and the El Capitan Preserve. Go 0.1 mile on the paved road to the parking lot. Facilities. (GPS N32.912668, W116.887228)




Cleveland National Forest (Horse Meadow Spring) New!

Saturday, May 11, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Hike a scenic section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) as we wind our way to a small spring in a quiet meadow.

Along the way we will find seasonal wildflowers, mountain birds, and some great views of the Laguna Mountains. This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 800 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–12:30 PM. (Mount Laguna) From I-8 E, exit on the Sunrise Highway (S-1). Turn left and go 9.0 miles. Turn left and park in the Red-Tailed Roost Volunteer Activity Center parking lot. No facilities. (GPS N32.857051, W116.423509)




Crestridge Ecological Reserve (Horsemill Road Trailhead)

Sunday, May 12, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Visit this historically rich area and see the recovery from the 2003 fire that burned the majority of this ecological reserve. Enjoy a variety of seasonal wildflowers in bloom, a beautiful riparian oak woodland, and some amazing habitat restoration.

Two hike options will be offered. A shorter easy 2-mile hike with an elevation change of 500 feet, or continue on to complete an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 600 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9–11 AM or 9 AM–noon. (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 the end of the street at the signed entry to the Reserve. Facilities. (GPS N32.828041, W116.856170)




Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Middle Peak) Midweek

Thursday, May 16, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Middle Peak is located in the center of three peaks in the Cuyamaca range and offers outstanding vistas. Seasonal wildflowers plus possible deer sightings make this an exceptional hike.

Bring lots of water since there is little shade after the 2003 Cedar fire. This is an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation change of 1150 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–12:30 PM. (Descanso) From I-8 E, exit at CA-79. Turn left and go 2.6 miles. Turn left to stay on CA-79 and go 10.7 miles to the Trout Pond parking area on the right (0.5 mile past Stonewall Mine turnoff). No facilities. (GPS N32.976586, W116.581380)




Palomar Mountain State Park (Weir & Lower French Valley)

Saturday, May 18, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Enjoy a picturesque trail through bracken fern and conifers, complemented by a side trip up a small stream to the old weir.

This hike is being done in conjunction with the San Diego Pollinator Alliance (part of the Greater Resource Conservation District of San Diego). For more information about the San Diego Pollinator Alliance see: https://www.facebook.com/sandiegopollinatoralliance. Attendees are encouraged to use iNaturalist to log their observations (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/what+is+it). This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 600 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–noon. (Palomar Mt.) From I-15, take CA-76 east for 15.5 miles. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on CA-76 E and go 5.0 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. Continue 0.2 mile and turn right at the stop sign. Go 1.4 miles following signs to School Camp and Doane Pond. Continue to the parking lot on the right. A $10 day use fee or a California State Park Pass is required for each vehicle (1 day for $10.00). Day use passes can be purchased online using the Yodel app (follow instructions on the signs found at parking locations — $0.35 fee added), at a kiosk, or Iron Ranger, depending on the location. Note: Any Day Use pass is valid at all locations that require a pass within the park. See https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049 for more information. Facilities. (GPS N33.341765, W116.901381)




Dos Picos County Park (Ernie Pantoja Memorial Trail)

Saturday, May 25, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This 78-acre park is a hidden treasure. This trail has beautiful views of the park and surrounding hills and an abundance of unusually large and healthy native plant species.

\After the walk enjoy watching waterfowl at the pond. This is an intermediate 1-mile hike with an elevation change of 250 feet including some moderate challenges. The hike is scheduled from 9–11 AM.(Ramona) From I-15, exit east on Scripps Poway Pkwy. and go 8.6 miles. Turn left on CA-67 and go 7.4 miles. Turn right on Mussey Grade Rd. and go 1.1 miles. Turn right on Dos Picos Park Rd. and go 0.6 mile. Turn left into the main park entrance and meet near the picnic tables. A $3 day use fee or a San Diego County Park and Recreation Parking Pass is required to park. See https://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/shop/Discounts.html#Parking for more information. Facilities. (GPS N32.999141, W116.939270)




Cleveland National Forest (Red-Tailed Roost Spur)

Sunday, May 26, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This is a lovely hike in the Laguna Mountains surrounded by California black oaks and conifers. A variety of seasonal mountain wildflowers may be in bloom, while birds and other wildlife can be seen enjoying the shelter of the shady woodland habitat.

Red-Tailed Roost connects to several other trail systems, but this hike will return via Escondido Ravine Rd. This route follows an easy trail with just a few steeper sections.​ This is an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 600 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–noon. (Mount Laguna) From I-8 E, exit on the Sunrise Highway (S-1). Turn left and go 9.0 miles. Turn left and park in the Red-Tailed Roost Volunteer Activity Center parking lot. No facilities. (GPS N32.857303, W116.423498)




Tijuana Estuary (Iris Ave Trailhead)

Saturday, June 1, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Revel in one of the few remaining salt marshes in Southern California as we enjoy the rich diversity of this estuarine environment.

Endangered bird species, including the clapper rail, Belding's savannah sparrow, and the California least tern may be seen. This is an easy 2-mile hike with an elevation change of 50 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8–10 AM. (Imperial Beach) From I-5, exit west on Coronado Ave and go 1.0 miles. Continue onto Imperial Beach Blvd. for 1.2 miles. Turn left (south) on 5th St. and go 0.5 mile. to Iris Ave. Park on the street. No facilities. (GPS N32.569219, W117.122592)




Calavera Regional Nature Preserve (Lake Calavera Trail)

Sunday, June 9, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

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 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 550 feet including some moderate challenges. The hike is scheduled from 8–10:30 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)




Cleveland National Forest (Agua Dulce-Gatos Loop)

Saturday, June 15, 2024 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Walk under pines, oaks, and incense cedars, on this 6-mile hike that follows the Agua Dulce fire road with a return on the Gatos Spur.

This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 750 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–2 PM. (Mount Laguna) From I-8 E, exit on the Sunrise Highway (S-1). Turn left and go 8.1 miles. Turn left at the Wooded Hills Campground sign. 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)




San Dieguito River Park (Coast To Crest Trail—Del Mar)

Sunday, June 16, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: people.

Hike the westernmost section of the Coast to Crest Trail that will one day extend 55 miles from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain just north of Julian.

This trail provides views of the San Dieguito Lagoon, one of the few remaining salt water marshes in Southern California. Birders, be sure to bring your binoculars. ​This hike is being done in conjunction with the California Academy of Sciences and Snapshot Cal Coast. This is part of an annual California statewide community science effort, from San Diego to Del Norte and everywhere in between that encourages people to make and share observations of plants, animals, and seaweeds along the California coast. For more information about Snapshot Cal Coast see: https://www.calacademy.org/calcoast. Attendees are encouraged to use iNaturalist to log their observations (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/what+is+it).​ This is an easy 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 150 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–noon. (Del Mar) From I-5, exit east on Via De La Valle and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on San Andres Dr. and go 0.2 mile. Park at the end of the street. Facilities. (GPS N32.978476, W117.247493)




Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Azalea Glen)

Saturday, June 22, 2024 8 AM | Capacity: people.

Paula Knoll Memorial Hike. 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.

To celebrate the end of the Canyoneer hiking season and honor long-time Canyoneer Paula Knoll, the Canyoneers invite participants to a picnic and potluck following this hike. We will be barbequing hamburgers and brats and also some other items for you to enjoy. Please feel free to bring your own drinks and anything else you would like to have or share. This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 850 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–12:30 PM. (Descanso) From I-8, exit north on CA-79 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 Day Use Fee or California State Park Pass is required for each vehicle (1 day for $10). Day use passes can be purchased online using the Yodel app (follow instructions on the signs found at parking locations - $0.35 fee added), at a kiosk, or Iron Ranger, depending on the location. Note: Any Day Use pass is valid at all locations that require a pass within the park. See https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049 for more information. Facilities. (GPS N32.960090, W116.580295)