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Daley Ranch offers nine hikes in May



 

 

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, May 14, 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, May 15, 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 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, May 21, 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.

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – noon,

“Just for Kids” Got kids? This hike is perfect for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and their kids. Join Naturalist D.J. Summers on this kid-friendly hike as we explore the area. We will walk along an easy trail with several stops/rests along the way. After­ward, we will make a nature craft in a beautiful picnic area. Treats will be rewarded to good listeners. Sor­ry no dogs are allowed on this hike as we use mostly Dixon Lake trails and picnic

 

 

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Sunday, May 22, 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. Be sure to ask Rick about the Daley Ranch

keepsake! 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.

Saturday, May 28, 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, May 29, 7 a.m.,

“Early Morning Fitness Hike” Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt on the trails of the north and west side of Daley Ranch. We will cover the hills of Hidden Spring, Cougar Ridge, and Boulder Loop Trails. The total distance will be 11 miles and will be at a brisk pace. Expect steep uphill/downhill sections and this hike is not suited for children. 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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