Photo: Del Mar Mesa Preserve
Today’s the big solar eclipse! Hopefully you’ve made some fantastic plans to get outside and witness this rare celestial event. You know this already, but I’m going to say it again: don’t look directly into the sun! Be safe out there and have fun.
If you are a fan of both hiking and beer, check out the new Trails and Ales series. A partnership of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, The Escondido Creek Conservancy, Volcan Mountain Foundation and San Diego Canyonlands, the series consists of 5 hikes from October through March followed by a visit to one of San Diego’s fine local breweries. For full information and registration details, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trails-ales-hike-series-tickets-34832586203.
The Cleveland National Forest now has a mobile app that will help you find local trails, get real-time news updates, and even watch informative videos. It’s available for both iPhones and Android, just search for “Cleveland National Forest” in your app store or visit www.clevelandnf.oncell.com.
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Have a good week!
Photo: Silvercrest Trail
It was another hot weekend, and we were looking for a shorter coastal trail that we could bring one of the dogs on – The Dust Devil Nature Trail was a perfect choice. Located on the eastern side of the San Dieguito Lagoon, the trail is named in honor of the Dust Devils – a […] Continue reading →
Photo: Mule Deer along Thunder Spring/Chimney Flats Loop in Palomar Mountain State Park Hello Hikers! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and maybe got a chance to check out the Perseid Meteor Showers. We’re just one week away from a solar eclipse! Check out NASA’s web site for everything you need to know about […] Continue reading →
Annie’s Canyon, formerly known as the “Mushroom Caves,” in San Elijo Lagoon has quickly become one of San Diego’s “must-do” hikes. For years, the narrow sandstone slot canyon was officially closed to the public, but served as an illicit party spot. Thanks to a generous donation by someone known only as “Annie,” as well as […] Continue reading →
Photo: View of Cuyamaca Peak from Garnet Peak Hello Hikers! Well last week’s thunderstorms were a fun change of pace, but I for one would appreciate a break from the humidity. Valley Center Happenings has a good reminder article on keeping your dog safe during the hot weather. Spoiler alert: DON’T take them hiking when […] Continue reading →
The Tijuana Estuary is an internationally known bird-watching destination in our own backyard, home to threatened and endangered species such as the California Least Tern, Snowy Plover, and Ridgway’s Clapper Rail. While over 90% of California’s coastal wetlands have disappeared, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Reasearch Reserve is protected by several government agencies (including California […] Continue reading →
Photo: Lake Jennings Hello Hikers! During the month of August, the following six County Parks will be closed due to the heat: El Capitan Preserve (El Cajon Mountain) Hellhole Canyon Preserve Mount Gower Preserve Wilderness Gardens Preserve Agua Caliente Regional Park Vallecito County Park Also note that the Silverwood Animal Sanctuary in Lakeside is closed […] Continue reading →
Lake Hodges is a very popular spot with both hikers and mountain bikers due to its various, long trails and fantastic scenery. Miles of shoreline make it a great spot for bird-watching. The south side of Lake Hodges is home to the Piedras Pintadas Trail, an interpretive trail filled with exhibits describing the life of […] Continue reading →
Photo: Torrey Pines Reserve Extension Hello Hikers! Supposedly the mountain and desert areas may be in for some rain and possible thunderstorms today, so be careful if you’re headed out there. I suspect the rest of us can just expect some muggy, gray weather, but maybe we’ll get lucky with some rain! The Lost Fire, […] Continue reading →
With over 8 miles of trails and 7 different staging areas, Otay Valley Regional Park offers numerous potential hikes of varying lengths. The park is mostly flat, making for easy going, and has several ponds which provide excellent bird watching opportunities. The Park is also home to the Finney Interpretive Overlook, where benches, picnic tables, […] Continue reading →