Welcome to February! This month we have a 3-day weekend to look forward to with President’s Day. To make the weekend even better, President’s Day (Monday February 15th) is a fee-free day for National Forest lands, so you can check out one the many great hikes in Cleveland National Forest without having to worry about an Adventure Pass! Unfortunately, while National Parks have in the past offered free admission on President’s Day, it doesn’t seem to have made the list this year.
Speaking of the Adventure Pass, if you’ve ever had trouble figuring out exactly where on National Forest land you need to have one and where you don’t, things have gotten a little easier. I recently found this list on the National Forest web site of numerous trailheads showing what kind of fees or passes are required. I’m not sure exactly when they posted it, but I know I’ve been unable to find such information in the past so I think its a fairly recent addition to the site. In any event, its quite helpful to have this all in one place.
It looks like Sunday’s rain should be clearing out today, leaving us with pleasant San Diego weather for the rest of the week. Remember that some trails may be closed after wet weather due to hazardous conditions and to prevent erosion.
Next Saturday, you can join the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers to hike the Calcite Mine and Slot Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with elevation change up to 1000 feet. This walk passes through a slot canyon with narrow upper reaches to an area where optical-quality calcite was mined during World War II. Check out the Canyoneers web site for more information, or visit our Events Page to find even more upcoming hikes and events.
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