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Daley Ranch offers hikes in February



 

 

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. Please note that drinking water is not available in many areas of Daley Ranch so carry a sufficient supply.

Saturday, February 18, 7 a.m. “Discover Daley Ranch” 5 to 7 Miles

Meet Naturalist William Sherrard for a slow to moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch. The planned hike is between five and seven miles in length and will last about 2.5 to 3.0 hours. Sherrard will be happy to map out a hike for those wishing to go longer distances. Choices are hikes of 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16 or 18 miles in length.

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Sunday, February 19, 8:30 a.m. “Wintering and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford”

MEET AT THE LAKE WOHLFORD/ OAKVALE TRAILHEAD AT 8:30AM

Naturalist Sally Sanderson will lead an easy-paced bird walk of about 3 miles, lasting two to three hours at Lake Wohlford. The group will follow the southern and eastern shoreline from the parking lot on Oakvale Road. They hope to see a Bald Eagle perching on its favorite tree or hunting over the lake. The Common Mergansers as well as a number of other duck species should be back from their northern breeding grounds. Often we find American White Pelicans on the lake at this time of the year. Bring binoculars, hat, water and wear layered clothing. Heavy rain cancels.

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Saturday, February 25, 7 a.m. “Discover Daley Ranch” 5 to 7 Miles

Meet Naturalist William Sherrard for a slow to moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch. The planned hike is between five and seven miles in length and will last about 2.5 to 3.0 hours. I will be happy to map out a hike for those wishing to go longer distances.

Choices are hikes of 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16 or 18 miles in length.

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Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. “Trash Bash”

What is the Lifespan of Litter? Orange peel: 5 weeks. Monofilament fishing line: 800 years. Styrofoam: 5,000 years. 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, contact Ranger Kathy 760-839-4345 or kboyd@escondido.org.

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You are invited to apply to become an Escondido Lakes & Open Space Volunteer!

Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:

Docent: Lead informative hikes or activities for the public and groups.

Trail Patrol: Make observations and provide information to visitors and to staff about trail conditions and usage.

Trail Crew: Assist staff to brush and maintain trails.

Green Team: Lead groups to collect litter to keep our trails, shoreline and other areas litter-free.

Contact Ranger Kathy for more information (760) 839-4345 or kboyd@escondido.org .

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 left into the fenced parking lot.


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