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Escondido Lakes offer 7 hikes in March

Hikes begin at the Daley Ranch La Honda Drive entrance unless otherwise noted. 

Bring water, hat, sunscreen, and treaded footwear. All trails include steep and/or slippery sections. Do not leave valuables in your car. 

Steady rain cancels activities unless otherwise described. 

The schedule is also posted at www.escondido.org and www.visitescondido.com. 

Drinking water is not available in many areas so carry a sufficient supply.

Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. ¬– noon: Kit Carson Park Hike With a Ranger 

at Kit Carson Park   3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido. Learn about the history, flora and fauna of Kit Carson Park. Meet at the Queen Califia Parking Lot. For all ages. Easy hike.

Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.:  Daley Ranch Open House

Approximately one 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. Steady rain cancels.

Saturday, March 14, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity

The San Diego Mountain Biking Association is back and active at Daley Ranch! Meet at the Dixon Lake Hilltop parking lot to join the SDMBA Trail Crew to help us maintain Daley Ranch trails. Please wear appropriate work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring gloves, water and any snacks to sustain yourself during the day.

Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.— Daley Ranch Hike With a Ranger

Sage and Stanley Peak. Moderate to difficult. 5.5 miles total.

Saturday, March 14, 10 a.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 about 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 15, 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 three 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.

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

Lake Wohlford’s Oakvale and Egret Trailheads: In Escondido, travel east on Valley Pkwy to Lake Wohlford Road and turn right. Drive 1.9 miles on Lake Wohlford Road to Oakvale Drive and turn right. Drive 0.7 mile on Oakvale Road to a gated dirt road on the left, which leads to a parking area for public access to the south shore of Lake Wohlford.

Saturday, March 21, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.–Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity

The San Diego Mountain Biking Association is back and active at Daley Ranch! Meet at the Dixon Lake Hilltop parking lot to join the SDMBA Trail Crew to help us maintain Daley Ranch trails. Please wear appropriate work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring gloves, water and any snacks to sustain yourself during the day.

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