This Week in San Diego Hiking – February 20, 2017

Standing water in the Tecolote Canyon creekPhoto: South Tecolote Canyon

Hello Hikers!

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!

Hiking Monument PeakPhoto: Monument Peak