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 on Daley Ranch so be sure to carry a sufficient supply.

 

Saturday, April 14, 7:00 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.  Bring plenty of water as there isn’t any water source on the trails.  There are plenty of spots to turn back to the parking lot if you wish to shorten the hike.

 

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, “Dixon Lake/Earth Day Clean Up Event”

Come celebrate the day before Earth Day and help us polish up our little patch of earth. We will be having a clean-up day and could use your help in picking up and properly disposing of Lake trash before the animals eat things they aren’t supposed to consume. You will be provided with trash pickers, vests, and drinking water. Long sleeves, long trousers, closed-toe shoes, hat, and sunscreen are recommended. Minors must bring a guardian. Rain cancels.

 

Sunday, April 22, 8:30 a.m., “Visiting and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford

Join Naturalist Sally Sanderson as she leads an easy-paced bird walk of about 3 miles, lasting two to three hours at Lake Wohlford.  Participants will follow the southern and eastern shoreline from the parking lot on Oakvale Road.  Bald Eagles and Ospreys might be seen among the resident birds and early summer visitors.  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 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 and turn left into the fenced parking lot.

 

Saturday, April 28, 7:00 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.  Bring plenty of water as there isn’t any water source on the trails.  There are plenty of spots to turn back to the parking lot if you wish to shorten the hike.

 

Want to be a volunteer?  If you are interested in volunteering as a Trail Patrol, Hike Leader, Trail Maintenance or Litter-Abatement Team Member, please stop by the Dixon Lake Ranger Station for information and an application—or call Sue at (760) 839-4345.

 

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.