Canyoneer Hike List

Ramona Grasslands (Wildflower Loop Trail)

Sunday, April 3, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

A pond and seasonal wildflowers are highlights of this walk through grasslands and 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 gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It 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)

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 (Champagne Pass)

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

Named “champagne” to celebrate the completion of the Indian Creek Trail, this hike offers little shade on its way to the top of Champagne Pass (~5,500 feet) where the views are magnificent. Discover seasonal wildflowers while passing through dense chaparral among oaks, ceanothus, chamise, and manzanita along the way. This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–1:30 PM.

(Mount Laguna) From I-8, take Sunrise Hwy. (S-1) north. Drive 15.6 miles to the Pioneer Mail parking area just past mile marker 29. 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 N32.92493, W116.48231)

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.



Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve (Canyon View Trail)

Sunday, April 10, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Travel through chaparral and along Hell Creek to see mixed chaparral, wildflowers, wild lilac, redberry, scrub oak, and mission manzanita. View an old flume built in 1895 to carry water from the San Luis Rey River to Escondido. This is an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–1 PM.

(Valley Center) From I-15, exit east on El Norte Pkwy. and go 4.6 miles. Turn left on Valley Pkwy. and go 0.8 mile. Turn right on Lake Wohlford Rd. and go 5.9 miles. Turn right on Paradise Mountain Rd. and go 3.3 miles. Turn right on Los Hermanos Ranch Rd. and then immediately turn left on Kiavo Dr. and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on Santee Ln. and drive to the parking lot. Facilities. (GPS N33.216558, W116.933935)

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.



McGinty Mountain Ecological Reserve (McGinty Mountain Trail)

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Midweek hike. This small mountain southeast of El Cajon offers a hike to a 2,200-foot peak and 360 degree views. Plants endemic to this island of gabbro soil are of special interest. The shorter hike goes up to the South Ridge while the long hike is a heart-pounding climb to the summit. Two hike options will be offered: a shorter intermediate 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet, or continue on to complete a difficult 5-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,500 feet. It is scheduled from 8–10:30 AM or 8 AM–1 PM.

(Jamul) From I-8, take CA-125 S for 1.3 miles. Exit on Spring St. for CA-94 E. Turn left on Spring St. Go 0.1 mile and turn right on CA-94 E. Go 4.6 miles. Turn right on Campo Rd. (CA-94). Go 4.5 miles. Turn left on Lyons Valley Rd. Go 0.7 mile. Turn left at Jamul Dr. and continue for 0.4 mile. Parking lot is on the right. No facilities. (GPS N32.729406, W116.872688)

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.



Old Banner Road (Warlock Mine)

Saturday, April 16, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Hike along an old wagon toll road that was constructed in the early 1870s above the modern Banner Grade Road. This area offers a wide variety of seasonal wildflowers on a downhill journey to the Warlock Mine that was in operation until 1957. Re-energize with lunch before the return, which is uphill all the way. 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.

(Julian) Drive east 1 mile from Julian on CA-78. Turn right on Whispering Pines Dr., then make an immediate sharp right turn on Banner Rd. Go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Woodland Rd. Go 0.3 mile (passing Miners Ct.). Park on the street at the end of the road. No facilities. (GPS N33.078505, W116.583982)

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.



Pacific Crest Trail (Eagle Rock)

Sunday, April 24, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail to reach a formation known as Eagle Rock. The first two miles pass through oaks, continuing to sparse chaparral and grassland with abundant seasonal wildflowers. This is an intermediate 7-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–2 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)

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.



Oakoasis Preserve (Oak Grove Trail)

Saturday, May 7, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This trail, lined with wild lilac, passes through thick chaparral on a gentle upward slope. Take a short climb to a promontory overlooking San Vicente Reservoir and stop for a snack before beginning the return trip. This is an intermediate 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–noon.

(Lakeside) From CA-67, exit east on Mapleview St. and go 0.3 mile. Turn left (north) on Ashwood St. and go 1.0 mile. Continue on Wildcat Canyon Rd. and go 3.3 miles. The preserve is on the left (west) at 12620 Wildcat Canyon Rd., about 2.5 miles past Louis A. Stelzer Park. Facilities. (GPS N32.912668, W116.887228)

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.



Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Azalea Glen)

Sunday, May 8, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

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 1,000 feet. It 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 $10 day use fee or a California State Park Pass is required to park. See http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049 for more information. Facilities. (GPS N32.960090, W116.580295)

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 (Secret Canyon Trail)

Saturday, May 14, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Follow Pine Valley Creek and pass under the I-8 Pine Valley Bridge, which is 400 feet above the gorge. Explore remains of an 1895 flume intended to move water from a proposed reservoir in Pine Valley to King Creek, a San Diego River tributary. This is a difficult 5-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 8 AM–1 PM.

(Pine Valley) From I-8, exit north on Pine Valley Rd. and go 0.4 mile. Turn left on Old Hwy. 80 and go 1.6 miles. Turn left at the Pine Creek Trailhead sign and go 0.5 mile. Park near the vault toilets. 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 N32.837365, W116.541780)

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 (Lopez Canyon)

Sunday, May 15, 2022 5 PM | Capacity: 25 people.

This quiet canyon is home to a variety of wildlife, including several species of birds of prey. Walk past magnificent sycamores and other riparian vegetation along an old creek bed into areas where dense chaparral mixes with coastal sage scrub at the top of the mesa. This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It is scheduled from 5–7 PM.

(Sorrento Valley) From I-5 N, exit on Sorrento Valley Rd. and then turn left on Roselle St. and go 0.1 mile. Turn right on Sorrento Valley Blvd. and go 1.1 miles. Parking lot is on the right. Alternate route: From I-5 S, take the I-5 Local Bypass then go east on Carmel Mountain Rd. for 0.3 mile. Turn right on Vista Sorrento Pkwy. and go 1.4 miles. Turn left on Sorrento Valley Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Parking lot is on the right. Alternate route: From I-805, exit on Sorrento Valley Rd. and turn left on Vista Sorrento Pkwy. Go 1.1 miles. Turn right on Sorrento Valley Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Parking lot is on the left. (4280 Sorrento Valley Blvd.). Facilities. (GPS N32.906792, W117.207241)

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.



Volcan Mountain County Open Space Preserve (Five Oaks Trail)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Midweek hike. This 2,195-acre preserve offers an array of seasonal wildflowers in oak-pine woodland. The shorter hike will go up the shady Five Oaks Trail and then return (it's a difficult 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet). The longer hike will continue to Volcan Peak for a lunch stop and a grand view of the area (6 miles, with an elevation gain/loss of greater than 1,500 feet). It is scheduled from 9 AM–12:30 PM or 9 AM–2 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)

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.



Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area (Hollenbeck Canyon Trail)

Saturday, May 21, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This hike passes through a riparian habitat wildlife area with the remains of a cabin and evidence of floodwaters. Lunch will be along a creek, sitting on boulders, before heading back on the trailhead. Two hike options will be offered: a shorter intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet, or continue on to complete an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 8–11:30 AM or 8 AM–12:30 PM.

(Jamul) From I-8, take I-805 S and go 3.9 miles. Exit on CA-94 E (M. L. King Jr. Fwy.) and go 5.2 miles. Keep right to stay on CA-94 E and go 5.1 miles. Turn right on Campo Rd. and go 9.5 miles. Turn left on Honey Springs Rd. and then make a quick left into the parking lot to meet the Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N32.670551, W116.823287)

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.



Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Stonewall Mine Loop)

Sunday, May 22, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This hike is a reminder of the past glory of the Cuyamaca Mountains, as the trees here were not destroyed or heavily damaged by the 2003 Cedar Fire. Additionally, the area is steeped in history. It was in the early 1870s that gold was first discovered in the Julian area, sparking a gold rush that lasted more than 20 years. This is an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It 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 N32.976487, W116.580996)

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 (Scove Canyon)

Saturday, May 28, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

New hike! Explore the lower slopes of the Laguna Mountains while hiking above a seasonal creek. A variety of wildflowers are often found along the trail as well as many birds and other wildlife. This is an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1,000 feet. It is scheduled from 9 AM–noon.

(Mount Laguna) Take I-8 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)

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.



Palomar Mountain State Park (Weir & Lower French Valley)

Saturday, June 4, 2022 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 is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet. It 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 to park. See http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049 for more information. Facilities. (GPS N33.341765, W116.901381)

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.