This Week in San Diego Hiking – January 1, 2018

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 Challenge, The 52 Hike Challenge, or just make up one of your own.

Starting in January, the Californian Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will begin requiring hikers to obtain a CDFW Lands Pass to hike in a number of local areas: Batiquitos Lagoon, Boden Canyon, Buena Vista Lagoon and San Elijo Lagoon ecological reserves and Hollenbeck Canyon and San Felipe Valley wildlife areas. A day use pass costs $4.32, and an annual pass is $24.33. Passes can be obtained online at or anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold. You can use a current fishing or hunting license instead if you have one.

The San Diego County Parks and Recreation Spring 2018 Program and Activity Guide is now out. Among other events, the guide lists numerous guided hikes and other ranger-led events at parks all over the county, so check it out if you’re looking for something new to do.

The San Diego Union Tribune has a good article on the City of Poway’s recent approval to fund plans for a pedestrian tunnel below Highway 67 which will connect the Iron Mountain trail system with the Mt. Woodson trail system. This is part of a larger plan to connect even more of the county’s trails, including Dos Picos County Park.

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Have a good week!

Photo: Otay Valley Regional Park

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