This Week in San Diego Hiking – January 16, 2017

Photo: Morena Butte

Hello Hikers!

I hope everyone is having a nice long weekend and getting some trail time in. Enjoy the good weather because it looks like there’s more rain on the way later this week.

Today is a fee-free day at National Parks and National Forests, so you can check out one of the many great hikes in the Cleveland National Forest today and skip the Adventure Pass. If you’re looking for something closer to town, you can head over to Cabrillo National Monument to hike the Bayside Trail.

If you remember last fall when a hiker found a sick bald eagle at the Ramona Grasslands, you may also remember the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center who helped rehabilitate the eagle and release it back to the wild. If you’d like to help support this fantastic organization, mark your calendars for Friday, February 17th for their “Paint a Bobcat” fundraising event: “Come enjoy an afternoon of painting, snacks and a tour of our facility. We will be painting a picture of Kruger, one of our resident sanctuary animals here. Included in the price of $75 are supplies, instruction, tour, and snacks. $50 of your fee will go directly to the facility to help the animals.” For more information, contact Casey Buonaugurio or visit

Next Sunday afternoon, head on over to Stelzer Park to hike with a ranger! Tucked into Wildcat Canyon, the trails at Stelzer County Park offer a broad range of habitats. Join us as we trek through an oak woodland, meander through a riparian zone and explore the chaparral. This 1-mile walk takes about an hour. Please RSVP by calling 619-561-0580. Visit the San Diego County Parks and Recreation Activity Guide for more information, or check out our Events Page for even more upcoming hikes and events.

The County Board of Supervisors voted last week to buy 82 acres of land to add to the Hellhole Canyon County Preserve in Valley Center. This acquisition will help maintain a wildlife corridor of protected land in the region.

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Have a good week!

Photo: Santa Ysabel East Preserve

This Week in San Diego Hiking – January 9, 2017

Photo: Mountain Palm Springs in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Hello Hikers! While Northern California has been getting pummeled with rain causing major floods, we had a beautiful weekend, perfect for hiking. It looks like we’ll be getting our turn this week, although things won’t be nearly as dramatic as up north. At long last, the […] Continue reading →