Daley Ranch Naturalist Hikes

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.comPlease note that drinking water is not available in many areas of Daley Ranch so be sure to carry a sufficient supply.

 

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 6:30AM “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 3.0 hours. I 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, October 9, 7:15am Early Morning Fitness Hike

This hike will cover most of the perimeter of Daley Ranch. We will be hiking on wide trails with one exception which is the Bobcat trail. The total distance is about 10.5 miles and there are steep uphill and downhill sections. We will be hiking at a brisk pace. Not suited for children.

 

Saturday, October  15,  2016, 6:30AM “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 3.0 hours. I 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, October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., “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 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 areas.

 

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6:30AM “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 3.0 hours. I 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, October 23, 7:15am Early Morning Fitness Hike

This hike will cover the east and west side of Daley Ranch. We will be hiking on several of the single track trails and also climb up to the highest point, Stanley Peak. The total distance is about 10.6 miles and there are steep uphill and downhill sections. We will be hiking at a brisk pace. Not suited for children.

 

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 7:00AM “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 3.0 hours. I 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.

 

 

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.