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San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy issues Coast To Crest Trail challenge hike series

Some participants in last year’s Coast to Crest Trail Challenge.

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) has issued its popular Coast to Crest Trail Challenge (C2C) to hikers and bikers to explore some of San Dieguito River Valley’s most iconic spots along the Coast to Crest Trail. 

From September 28, 2019, to April 18, 2020, participants must complete the five designated hikes, in any order, on their own time.

The trails include: Santa Ysabel West Preserve Trail; Coast to Crest Trail at Pamo Valley, Highland Valley Trail, Del Dios Highlands Preserve and Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Trails, Coast to Crest Trail at North Shore Lake Hodges and Lake View Trail. The trails vary in length from 4.2 to 7.42 miles round trip, and challenge from easy to strenuous. Dogs are allowed on leash.

The Conservancy will be leading guided hikes throughout the year for those who want to join them at each of the locations starting at 8:30 a.m. 

There is a designated “selfie” spot on each trail where people must take a photo as evidence they completed the trek.  Once they’ve completed all five trails, they will email all their selfies to sdrvc@sdrvc.org for verification.

Everyone who completes the challenge and submits photos for verification will receive a special certificate, sticker, decal, REI and Adventure 16 coupons, and a new patch designed by Angie Pei (as of May 2019, a senior at Canyon Creek Academy,) and at least five cool bragging rights.

Enthusiasts are encouraged to share their selfies and other photos on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #C2CChallenge.  The Conservancy will highlight some of its favorite pics in its e-newsletters and social media. 

For more information and to register, visit: h

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