Photo: Morena Butte
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 www.caseybuonaugurio.com/paintandwine.html.
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
The West Side Road in Ramona is an old forest road traveling through the Cleveland National Forest just outside of San Diego Country Estates. The road climbs high above the San Diego River Gorge, providing some breathtaking views. A little past two miles, the road crosses into private property. But just before that point, one […] Continue reading →
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 →
The Highland Valley Trail runs along Highland Valley Road, just south of the San Dieguito River near San Pasqual Valley. Despite the nearby road, the trail offers a scenic stroll along gently rolling hills through a mix of coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and riparian woodlands. Views of nearby agricultural farms and the San Dieguito River […] Continue reading →
It never fails. Every time we go camping, within a day or two our cell phones are dead, and we find ourselves running the car engine or driving around aimlessly so we can charge our phones. As much as we enjoy a break from technology, we still want to be able to check in with […] Continue reading →
Photo: The Boulder Loop Trail at Daley Ranch Happy New Year, Hikers! Welcome to 2017. I do believe we are experiencing that thing the rest of the country calls “winter.” Looks like today might be wet but hopefully after that it will clear up for a couple of days. There’s snow in the mountains if […] Continue reading →
The western side of Mission Trails Regional Park contains an elaborate network of trails and utility roads that can be fashioned into any number of routes with varying amounts of elevation gain. You can explore low-lying valleys and river crossings or climb to hill tops to enjoy the views. This hike along the Rim Trail […] Continue reading →
Photo: The PCT in Mount Laguna Hello Hikers! I hope everyone had a Joyous Festivus, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and nice weekend! It looks like we should have some pretty decent weather for the next few days, so you can break in all the new gear Santa brought you. Next Sunday you can kick off […] Continue reading →
Sandwiched between residential developments in Encinitas, Manchester Preserve is a beautiful little oasis of native vegetation and sculpted sandstone cliffs. The preserve is a popular spot with nearby residents, and offers a scenic and quiet spot to explore or watch birds. Continue reading →
Photo: Sunrise from Cowles Mountain Hello Hikers! I know it’s winter in San Diego when I have to shut all the windows in the house. It looks like the cool and clear weather should persist for a little while, so make sure you layer up before heading out! This Wednesday, December 21, is Winter Solstice! […] Continue reading →