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Daley Ranch offers five hikes in March

The Dixon Lake boat dock.

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 be sure to carry a sufficient supply.

Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Daley Ranch Open House

Approximately 1 mile from the La Honda entry is the Historic Daley Ranch House. On the 2nd Sunday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Ranch House is open to the public, at which time ranger staff and docents provide information and insights into the history of the ranch. Please note that steady rain cancels.

Sunday, March 17,  8:30 a.m. 

Wintering and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford

Meet at the Lake Wohlford/Oakvale trailhead at 8:30 a.m.

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 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. They often find American White Pelicans on the lake at this time of the year. Bring binoculars, hat, water and wear layered clothing. Heavy rain cancels.

To get to 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. 

Sunday, March 17,  12:30 p.m. Walk With Nature

Join outdoor educator and Chaparral Naturalist, Al Bates, on an easy, slow-paced interpretive nature walk along Dixon Lake’s Chaparral Nature Trail. This walk is for anyone yearning to enjoy nature while looking for more than the end of the trail. This walk will be general in nature, and will cover a variety of topics, ranging from history of local Native Americans, native plant life, mammals, birds, and more. This walk will last approximately an hour-and-a-half to two hours and will cover a little less than two miles of easy, mostly flat terrain. Meet in the Daley Ranch La Honda parking lot by the water fountain. Rain cancels.

Sunday, March 24, 9 a.m. Daley Ranch Scenery

A diverse plant population and expansive views are waiting to be enjoyed on Naturalist Rick Paul’s occasionally strenuous 4-mile hike, leaving from Cougar Pass. Meet at the Cougar Pass parking lot.  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 about one mile. Park in the asphalt lot on left.

Sunday, March 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Daley Ranch Open House

About 1 mile from the La Honda entry is the Historic Daley Ranch House. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Ranch House will be open to the public, and Daley Ranch Docent Lee Dezan will be available to provide information. 

Please note that steady 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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