Photo: Del Mar Mesa Preserve
Well I’m not sure how long this government shutdown is going to last. I’m writing this Sunday evening so by the time you read this we may be lucky and its all over, but in case it’s not, here’s some things you need to know:
- Cabrillo National Monument is closed during the shutdown
- Cleveland National Forest lands are generally still accessible, but you might find some locked gates and restrooms. Most campgrounds will be closed. Trash service will not be happening, so PLEASE pack out all of your trash if you go up there, and consider bringing an extra trash bag or two and hauling out any trash you encounter so a huge mess doesn’t build up.
- Recreation.gov is down, so no getting permits or making reservations for future trips right now.
Cowles Mountain hikers should be aware of a recent report from NBC 7, who found that that thousands of parking citations have been issued over the past two years for cars not having their wheels properly cramped to the curb along Golfcrest Drive. Other frequent infractions cited on the street include expired registrations and being parked too far from the curb.
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Photo: Silvercrest Trail
William Heise County Park in Julian has a number of shorter trails running throughout. We had previously explored the Kelly Ditch Trail, which runs from Heise to Lake Cuyamaca, and several trails on the northern side of the park including the Desert View Trail. That left us with three remaining trails to explore: the Fern […] Continue reading →
Photo: Del Mar Mesa Preserve Hello Hikers! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and gets the day off today! Today is a fee-free day at National Parks and National Forests in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so you can head on out for a great hike without worrying about getting an Adventure […] Continue reading →
Sweetwater Summit Regional Park has 15 miles of trails to explore, open to hikers, bikers and equestrians. The nearby Sweetwater Reservoir provides a scenic backdrop to the park’s rolling grass-covered hills. The park is also prime territory for vernal pools – temporary pools of water that form only during the wet season and provide important […] Continue reading →
Photo: North Clevenger Canyon Hello Hikers! Who’s excited about precipitation? Looks like we should FINALLY see some rain during the early part of the week, and be back to clear and sunny skies in time for the weekend. Have you seen the bald eagles at Lake Cuyamaca? The San Diego Union Tribune has a great […] Continue reading →
Monument Peak in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area may not be the most pristine peak, topped with numerous antennae and towers – not to mention a satellite laser facility – but it is still a beautiful destination. The peak sits along the edge of the Laguna Mountains, with the Anza-Borrego desert lying below to the […] Continue reading →
Photo: Sunrise from Otay Mountain Hello Hikers! Holy cow, people, it’s 2018! Are you making any big hiking plans for the new year, or maybe setting some goals? There are lots of hiking “challenges” you can take on this year to keep yourself motivated – the Mission Trails Five Peak Challenge, the Coast to Crest […] Continue reading →
Dictionary Hill Open Space Preserve in Spring Valley is the newest addition to the County’s open space parks. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of the Dictionary Hill Open Space Advocates, the County Board of Supervisors recently voted to acquire and preserve these 175 acres. In the 1800’s, Dictionary Hill was known as Lookout Mountain. […] Continue reading →
William Heise County Park in Julian suffered significantly during the 2003 Cedar Fire, but the damage is mostly evident only on the outer portions of the park, away from the campground. The northeastern end of the park contains three intersecting loop trails – the Canyon Oak Trail, Desert View Trail, and a Self-Guided Nature Trail […] Continue reading →
Photo: Winter Solstice Sunrise from Cowle’s Mountain Hello Hikers! Happy almost-Solstice! Thursday (December 21st) marks the first day of winter (can’t you tell by the weather?) and is the shortest day of the year. So the good news is days will slowly begin to get longer, and eventually we can all go hiking after work […] Continue reading →