Photo: South Tecolote Canyon
I hope you all have the day off today and can get out and enjoy some time on the trail. Remember, today is a fee-free day for National Parks and National Forests, so get outside!
Next Saturday, head on out to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and join the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers as they hike Maidenhair Falls. 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 does involve some boulder scrambling. This is a difficult 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet. Visit the Canyoneers’ web site for more information, or check out our Events Page for more upcoming hikes and events.
The San Diego Reader published an interesting article last week about a recent study published that found a number of creeks and reservoirs in the area had detectable levels of caffeine, which is basically a proxy for detecting human urine. Hikers can help keep our water sources clean by making sure they are at least 200 feet away from creeks, streams, and other waterways when answering nature’s call.
And speaking of waterways, KPBS has an article showcasing the San Diego River Park Foundation’s vision for a River Park in Mission Valley.
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Have a good week!
Photo: Monument Peak
Tecolote Canyon is one of the larger urban canyons in San Diego. It has approximately 6.5 miles of trails, however several major roads and a golf course transect the canyon, making a contiguous hike difficult. We had previously hiked the southern portion of the canyon and set off today to explore the northern portion. Continue reading →
Photo: West Side Road Hello Hikers! Well, we had a nice mix of light rain and sunshine this weekend, I hope everyone had the chance to get out. It looks like we’re in for some more rain next weekend so you might want to get out early in the week if you are able to. […] Continue reading →
Lakeside Linkage Preserve is a small but scenic open space area in East County. The trailhead is located in what at first glance appears to be a vacant lot on Los Coches Road in Lakeside, but once you get up the first hill you’ll find a peaceful oasis of coastal sage scrub and beautiful vistas […] Continue reading →
Photo: Barnett Ranch Preserve Hello Hikers! I hope you had a chance to hit the trails while everyone else was inside watching sportsball. It looks like we’ve got a few days of rain ahead of us, but hopefully it will be dry by the weekend. Next Sunday, join the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers as […] Continue reading →
As much as we all love hiking, you have to admit there are a few less than glamorous aspects to the hobby. High on that list are moist, stinky, abused feet. We’re always on the lookout for products that may offer some relief to these discomforts, so we were excited to test out Inkblaat Insoles. […] Continue reading →
Waterfalls are relatively hard to come by in San Diego County, and most are only interesting for brief periods of time when we’ve had a lot of precipitation. As such, the few falls there are tend to get pretty crowded in the rainy season. Cottonwood Creek in the Laguna Mountains is home a small set […] Continue reading →
Photo: La Cima Trail/Soapstone Loop Hello Hikers! I hope everyone got out to enjoy the fantastic weather this weekend. It looks like we should continue to have good hiking weather for the near future. It’s almost February, so mark your calendars for President’s Day, February 20, when there will be a fee-free day in National […] Continue reading →
The Del Dios Gorge section of the Coast to Crest Trail holds both natural beauty and historical significance. The trail runs between the scenic San Dieguito River and the Del Dios Highway, just downstream of Lake Hodges. Remains of the historic Hodges Flume can be seen on the hillside above the highway, and the area […] Continue reading →
Photo: West Sycamore, Mission Trails Regional Park Hello Hikers! Is anyone tired of the rain yet? Hopefully today will be the last of it and we should have some sunshine in our future. Remember that during wet weather, some parks and trails may be temporarily closed. You can check the latest status of parks operated […] Continue reading →