Escondido, CA

Daley Ranch & Dixon Lake offer activities in June

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

Saturday, June 24

8 a.m. —noon Daley Ranch Tracking Team Training

You can take steps to becoming a Daley Ranch Tracker Naturalist by attending a free tracking training in the field. Join Daley Ranch Wildlife Tracking Team Leader Denise Harter to learn to recognize the signs that animals leave all around us. She will have some neat tracker naturalist resources for you to use and keep, so the staff needs firm RSVPs to make sure they have enough. You can RSVP to the event listing on the Daley Ranch Tracking Team Facebook page, or email the tracking team leader at: Location details will be provided to those who RSVP.

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Saturday, June 24

9 a.m. – 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:

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Saturday, June 24

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. ARRL Field Day at Dixon Lake

Every June, on the last weekend, more than 40,000 amateur radio operators throughout North America set up temporary amateur radio stations in public places to demonstrate the science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. Escondido Amateur Radio Society (EARS) will be set up and operating at the Dixon Lake Campground. One of the stations will be set up with experienced support on hand for anyone in the park to come up and get on the air.

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Sunday, June 25

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 three 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.

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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