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, November 12, 2016, 6:30A.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 3.0 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, November 13, 2016, 9:30A.M.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring water to join Rick Paul as he leads a hike from the La Honda entrance and ends at the historic Ranch House, where the Friends of Daley Ranch will be having their Annual Member Appreciation Lunch. For information about joining the Friends of Daley Ranch or about this event, visit daleyranch.org or contact daleyranch@yahoo.com or call (760) 480-1917.

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 11A.M.

Approximately 1 mile from the La Honda entry is the Historic Daley Ranch House. The Ranch House is open to the public on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, at which time Ranger Staff and Docents provide information and insights into the history of the ranch. Please note that steady rain cancels.

Sunday, November 13, 8:30 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 8:30 A.M. 

Saturday, November  19,  2016, 6:30A.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 3.0 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.

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 8:00A.M.

Join Naturalist Lee Dezan on a slow-paced 4 mile hike lasting 3-4 hours. Routing: RH Road, Sage, Mallard,  Diamondback, Coyote Run, East Ridge and Creek Crossing.  Recommend a wide brimmed hat and treaded footwear. Water on the preserve may be limited so bring at least 1 liter. Binoculars are always handy as we usually see many birds. Dog friendly hike (leashed). Free parking in the La Honda lot. RAIN NEVER CANCELS.

Saturday, November 26, 2016, 6:30A.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 3.0 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 about a mile to Oakvale Road.  Turn slightly right onto Oakvale and go about one mile.  Turn left into the fenced parking lot.