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Daley Ranch offers free hikes in Escondido



The La Honda entrance to Daley Ranch is located near the Dixon Lake recreation area in North Escondido.

The La Honda entrance to Daley Ranch is located near the Dixon Lake recreation area in North Escondido.

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 on Daley Ranch so be sure to carry a suf­ficient supply.

Saturday, March 19, 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 hours. He 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.

Sunday, March 20, 8 a.m., “Win­tering and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford”

Naturalist Sally Sanderson will lead an easy-paced bird walk of about 3 miles, lasting two to three hours at Lake Wohlford. We will follow the southern and eastern shoreline from the parking lot on Oakvale Road. We hope to see a Bald Eagle perching on its favorite tree or hunting in the lake for fish and Common Mergansers should be back from their northern summer haunts. Bring binoculars, hat, water, and wear layered clothing. Heavy rain cancels. MEET AT THE LAKE WOHLFORD/OAKVALE TRAILHEAD AT 8:30 A.M.

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 1.9 miles to Oakvale Road. Turn slightly right onto Oakvale and go about one mile and turn left into the fenced parking lot.

Saturday, March 26, 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 hours. He 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.

Want to be a volunteer? If you are interested in volunteering as a Trail Pa­trol, Hike Leader, Trail Maintenance or Litter-Abatement Team Member, please stop by the Dixon Lake Ranger Station for information and an appli­cation— or call Ranger Kathy at 760- 839-4345.

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 1.9 miles to Oakvale Road. Turn slightly right onto Oakvale and go about one mile. Turn left into the fenced parking lot.


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