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, April 8, 8:30 a.m. Visiting and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford
MEET AT THE LAKE WOHLFORD/OAKVALE TRAILHEAD AT 8:30AM
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, April 22, 9 a.m. – noon. Clean Up Event
Last year, the Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup broke a record as 6,400 Volunteers affected 111 sites and successfully removed over 150,000 lbs of litter, trash, and debris. I Love a Clean San Diego is hosting a number of locations (including Dixon Lake) where people can participate. For information and to register (online), visit creektobay.org.
Concurrently, Ranger Kathy will have supplies and waivers available for those who are interested in collecting litter on Daley Ranch Trails.
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.