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Daley Ranch offers four hikes in May

Daley Ranch will offer four naturalist hikes in May. The schedule includes one hike that starts at Lake Wohlford.

All hikes begin at the Daley Ranch entrance on La Honda Drive unless otherwise noted.

Bring water, sun hat, sunscreen, and proper hiking boots or treaded footwear.

All trails include steep and/or slippery sections. Please do not leave valuables in your car. Steady rain cancels a hike. The hike schedule is also available at www.escondido.org and www.visitescondido.com. Note that drinking water is not available in many areas of Daley Ranch; so carry a sufficient supply.

Sunday, May 14, 7 a.m.

Early Morning Fitness Hike

Join Rita as she hikes the east and the west side of Daley Ranch! Her route covers several of the single track trails and also climbs to Stanley Peak. The total distance is about 10.6 miles and there are steep uphill and downhill sections. This hike is at a brisk pace, and is not suited for children.

Saturday, May 27,  8 a.m. Visiting and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford

MEET AT THE LAKE WOHLFORD/OAKVALE TRAILHEAD AT 8 a.m.

Join Naturalist Sally Sanderson as she leads an easy-paced bird walk of about 3 miles, lasting two to three hours at Lake Wohlford.

Participants will follow the southern and eastern shoreline from the parking lot on Oakvale Road. Bald Eagles and Ospreys might be seen, among the resident birds and early summer visitors. Bring binoculars, hat, water and wear layered clothing.

To get to Lake Wohlford from Escondido, travel east on Valley Parkway. At Washington Avenue, Valley Parkway becomes Valley Center Road. Continue another 0.8 mile to Lake Wohlford Road and turn right. Drive 1.9 miles uphill to Oakvale Drive, again on the right. Drive 0.7 mile on Oakvale to a gated dirt road on the left, which leads to a parking area for public access to the south shore of Lake Wohlford. Heavy rain cancels.

Saturday, May 27, 9 – 11 a.m. Dixon Lake Clean Up Event

It can take just a moment for an American Coot to get tangled up in fishing line or for a Coyote to ingest a candy wrapper. You are invited to come pick it up before they do. Bags, trash pickers, vests, water will be provided. Long sleeves, pants, closed-toe shoes and sun protection recommended.

Minors must bring a guardian. Rain cancels. For more information: kboyd@escondido.org.

Sunday, May 28, 7 a.m.

Early Morning Fitness Hike

Join Rita as she hikes most of the perimeter of Daley Ranch. This hike includes the wider trails, with one exception which is the Bobcat trail. The total distance is about 10.6 miles and there are steep uphill and downhill sections. This hike is at a brisk pace, and is not suited for children.

Directions to Hike Locations

La Honda Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Parkway exit in Escondido. Go east four miles to La Honda Drive, turn left, drive one mile to Daley Ranch entrance and park in dirt lot on left.

Cougar Pass Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Parkway exit in Escondido east about a half mile to Broadway. Take Broadway north four miles to Cougar Pass (dirt road), turn right, and drive one mile. Park in the asphalt lot on left.

Caballo Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the Valley Parkway exit in Escondido and go northeast about 5 miles. Turn left at Bevin into the Eureka Springs development. Follow the road toward the filtration plant entrance and turn right at the Escondido Humane Society sign (Volunteer Lane). Park in the dirt parking lot.

Lake Wohlford Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the Valley Parkway exit in Escondido and go northeast about 5.5 miles. Turn right on Lake Wohlford Road and go about a mile to Oakvale Road. Turn slightly right onto Oakvale and go about one mile. Turn left into the fenced parking lot.

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