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Daley Ranch offers seven hikes in April



Daley Ranch in Escondido will of­fer seven hikes this month.

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.visitescondido.com/ Note that drinking water is not avail­able on Daley Ranch, so be sure to carry a sufficient supply.

Saturday, April 16, 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, April 17, 7:15 a.m., “Ear­ly Morning Fitness Hike”

Why hike on level terrain when there are steep hills to go up and down? Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt and test your endurance and stamina on this 11.1 mile hike. Some of the hills to be tackled are on East Ridge, Stan­ley Peak, and Crest trails. The group will be hiking at a brisk pace and the trip is not suited for children.

Saturday, April 23, 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, April 24, 7:15 a.m., “Ear­ly Morning Fitness Hike”

Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt on the trails of the north and west side of Daley Ranch. The group 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.

Saturday, April 30, 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, April 30, 10 a.m. – noon “Just for Kids”

Got kids? This hike is perfect for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and their kids. Join Naturalist DJ Sum­mers on this kid-friendly hike as they explore the area. The group will walk along an easy trail with several stops/ rests along the way. Afterward, they 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 they use mostly Dixon Lake trails and picnic areas.

Want to be a volunteer? If you are interested in volunteering as a Trail Patrol, Hike Leader, Trail Mainte­nance or Litter-Abatement Team Member, 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 I-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 I-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 the left.

Caballo Trailhead—From I-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 I-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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