This Week in San Diego Hiking – January 4, 2016

Hello Hikers!

I hope everyone had a good New Year’s and got lots of hiking in. It looks like we’re going to have rain all week, and snow in the mountains! So break out the rain gear or wait until this weekend, right now it looks like we should have a clear weekend ahead.

Remember that in rainy weather, some local parks and hiking trails might be closed due to hazardous conditions and to prevent trail erosion. You can check the County of San Diego’s Parks and Recreation News & Updates Page for information on current closure information at County Parks. For trails managed by other agencies, it’s a good idea to check their website or Facebook page for updates before you head out during inclement weather.

Once the weather clears up on Saturday, you can Hike With a Ranger at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge along the Sweetwater Interpretive Loop Trail. Come learn about California coastal sage scrub habitat and the species that live there. This month’s hike will be located at the “Sweetwater interpretive loop trail” on the Refuge, along the Sweetwater River. Parking for this area is located in a small lot off Highway 94 (Campo Rd.) next to the old steel bridge in Rancho San Diego (across from the McGrath Family YMCA). This hike is a mild 3-miler, with some unsteady footing. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat; and bring a water bottle; snacks and water will be provided. RSVPs appreciated but not required. Please call Ranger Lisa at: 619-476-9150 X 106 to RSVP or for more information. You can also check out our Events Page to find even more upcoming hikes and events.

Cleveland National Forest has announced some temporary closures scheduled for this year in order to protect nesting raptors, including Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. The closures include Corte Madera Mountain and Eagle Peak beginning March 1st. The length of the closures will depend on breeding status, but it could be through June. If these hikes are on your to-do list, plan on hitting them sooner rather than later!

January 18 is a Fee-Free Day in National Parks and National Forest lands in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Start planning now for a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park, or head on over to Cabrillo National Monument. Or you can head out to one of the many great hikes in the Cleveland National Forest without worrying about an Adventure Pass.

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Have a good week!
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