Canyoneer Hike List

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Moonlight Canyon Loop)

Saturday, January 29, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

New hike! Join the Canyoneers for one of the most popular hiking trails in the Anza-Borrego Desert, across the sandy desert, through tall ocotillo, burrobush, agave, creosote bush, cholla, and possibly blooms of wildflowers. This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 10 AM–1 PM.

(Ocotillo) From I-8, exit north on S-2 (Imperial Hwy), and go 26 miles to the turnoff on the left for Agua Caliente Hot Springs. Park on the side access road across from the store before the entrance to Agua Caliente County Park. Facilities. (GPS N32.955250, W116.302202)

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.



El Monte Park (Flume Trail)

Saturday, February 5, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This Lakeside-area trail follows switchbacks through chaparral and sage scrub to reach the area where a flume was built to carry water from El Capitan Reservoir to downtown San Diego. This is a difficult 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,500 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–1 PM.

(Lakeside) From I-8, exit north on Lake Jennings Rd. and go 1.8 miles. Turn right on El Monte Rd. and go 3.9 miles. Meet the Canyoneer host at the parking lot on the left just before the park entrance. Facilities. (GPS N32.890350, W116.849897)

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—Del Mar)

Sunday, February 6, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 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 is an easy 5-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. It 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)

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 (Hornblende Canyon)

Saturday, February 12, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

New hike! Come and explore a relatively unknown canyon of Anza-Borrego. Follow the twists and turns as it climbs the shoulder of Granite Mountain. There is a great variety of plants, interesting geology, dry waterfalls, old mines, and a few Native American sites with morteros. This canyon rivals Plum Canyon for seasonal wildflowers. This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet and some moderate challenges. It is scheduled from 10 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. No facilities. (GPS N33.003966, W116.454262)

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.



Tecolote Canyon Natural Park (West)

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Midweek hike. Observe seasonal changes to natural vegetation in the park and climb to a high point for a view of the golf course and the University of San Diego. Visit the nature center to see informative exhibits about this urban canyon. This is an easy 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 8–11 AM.

(Mission Bay) From I-5, exit east on SeaWorld Dr./Tecolote Rd. and go 0.6 mile, passing the ball fields. Park in the Nature or Recreation Center lot. Facilities. (GPS N32.775753, W117.197846)

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.



Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve (Uplands Loop)

Saturday, February 19, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Canyoneers have special permission to hike within this 6,000-acre California Fish and Wildlife ecological reserve. Here, you'll find sage scrub and riparian environments, and observe efforts to convert grasslands to native habitat. The ruins of a historic brick-making kiln will also be visited. This is an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 10 AM–2 PM.

(Jamul) From I-8, exit on CA-125 S and go 2.1 miles. Exit on Spring St. towards CA-94 E. Turn left and go 0.1 mile. Merge right on CA-94 E and go 4.6 miles. Turn right on Campo Rd. (CA-94). Go 7.8 miles to the unmarked entrance of the reserve on the right (west). Continue 1 mile to the ranch house parking lot. Note: if you reach Honey Springs Rd. off of CA-94, you have gone 1.8 miles too far. Facilities. (GPS N32.684428, W116.846851)

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.



Tijuana Estuary (Iris Ave. Trailhead)

Sunday, February 20, 2022 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 gain/loss of up to 200 feet. It 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)

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 (Plum Canyon)

Saturday, February 26, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Experience lower elevation desert vegetation on this walk along an abandoned wagon road, once a major route into this section of Anza-Borrego. It is now a peaceful canyon filled with many native desert plants and animals. This is an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,500 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–2 PM.

(Tamarisk Grove) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on CA-78 E (Main St.) and go 15.7 miles. Meet the Canyoneer host at the Plum Canyon turnout on the right side of the road. If you reach Tamarisk Grove (Yaqui Pass Rd.) you have gone 2.7 miles too far. A 4WD or high-clearance vehicle is needed to reach the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N33.128676, W116.425221)

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.



Dictionary Hill Open Space Preserve (Gremlin Way Trailhead)

Sunday, March 6, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

New hike! 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 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 5-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–1 PM.

(Spring Valley) From CA-94, exit south on Sweetwater Springs Blvd. and go 1.3 miles. Turn right on Jamacha Blvd. and go 0.8 mile. Turn right on Whitestone Rd. and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on Greenleaf Rd. and go 0.1 mile. Turn right on Jacoby Rd. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Gremlin Way and go to the end of the street to meet your Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS N32.72025, W116.98000)

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 (Palo Verde Wash)

Saturday, March 12, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

New hike! Palo Verde Wash is well named for the palo verde trees that dot its course. In spring these "green sticks'' are covered in masses of bright yellow flowers. There are many other points of interest along this trail, however. Spring wildflowers can be abundant, and there are always many geological wonders to capture the imagination. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife in the area including coyotes, raptors, and even the occasional wandering tarantula. This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 10 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 (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 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 N33.25665, W116.37430)

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.



Blue Sky Ecological Reserve (Creekside Trail)

Sunday, March 13, 2022 2 PM | Capacity: 25 people.

This scenic walk just north of Lake Poway follows a stream and a woodland canyon of large oaks. The tracks of wild animals—including coyotes, mountain lions, and bobcats—attest to the habitats protected by the reserve. The longer hike option will climb to an overlook of Lake Poway. Two hike options will be offered: a shorter, easy 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet, or continue on to complete a difficult 5-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 2–4 PM or 2–6 PM.

(Poway) From I-15, go east on Rancho Bernardo Rd. for 1.5 miles. Continue on Espola Rd. for 1.6 miles. Turn left into the Reserve's parking lot and drive to the end. Facilities. (GPS N33.017394, W117.024871)

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.



Iron Mountain (Ellie Lane Loop Trail)

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Midweek hike. This alternate approach to Iron Mountain avoids the crowds often found at the main trailhead, while still experiencing many of the same challenges and scenery. There are hillsides of granitic boulders and views of Ramona from a saddle several hundred feet below Iron Mountain peak. (Note: this hike will not be going to the peak.) This is a difficult 6-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of greater than 1,500 feet. It is scheduled from 8 AM–12:30 PM.

(Poway) From I-8 take CA-67 north for 13.5 miles north. Turn right at Ellie Ln. (0.5 mile north of the Poway Rd. traffic light) and meet the Canyoneer host in the parking area. Do not turn in at the Poway Rd. intersection entrance to the main Iron Mountain trailhead parking area. No facilities. (GPS N32.987684, W116.976938)

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.



Crestridge Ecological Reserve (Horsemill Road Trailhead)

Saturday, March 19, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

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. Two hike options will be offered: a shorter easy 2-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet, or continue on to complete an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It 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)

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.



William Heise County Park (Cedar Trail)

Sunday, March 27, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Enjoy an easy stroll through mountain chaparral on the way to a shady loop trail under a soaring canopy of oaks, pines, and cedars. Deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife are often seen on the trail. This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–noon.

(Julian) From the junction of CA-79 & Pine Hills Rd. (1 mile west of Julian), turn south on Pine Hills Rd. for 2.3 miles. Go left (east) on Frisius Rd. for 2 miles to the Park entrance. 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 N33.039656, W116.592372)

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 (Peña Spring)

Saturday, April 2, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

With its higher elevation, this hike allows an escape from the heat of the desert floor while still exploring a beautiful desert landscape. Visit lush Peña Spring and also enjoy vistas down into Hellhole Canyon as well as out into the vastness of Anza-Borrego. Bring binoculars for bird watching around the spring as well as for possible bighorn sheep sightings. This is an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–noon.

(Ranchita) Take CA-67 or CA-78 east to Ramona, then 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 9.2 miles. Turn left on the dirt road to Culp Valley Primitive Campground and meet the Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N33.220591, W116.458906)

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.