Daley Ranch Naturalist Hikes

Daley Ranch Naturalist Hikes
April 2019

 

All hikes begin at the Daley Ranch entrance on La Honda Drive unless otherwise noted. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, and 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.com. Please note that drinking water is not available in many areas of Daley Ranch so be sure to carry a sufficient supply.

 

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 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 3.0 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 13, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dixon Lake Adopt A Crag

Allied Climbers of San Diego is hosting a volunteer clean up of the Eagle Peak Area!

 

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Daley Ranch Open House

Approximately 1 mile from the La Honda entry is the Historic Daley Ranch House. On the 2nd Sunday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 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. Please note that steady rain cancels.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. TROUT DERBY

22nd Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby at Dixon Lake!

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 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 3.0 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.

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. TROUT DERBY

22nd Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby at Dixon Lake!

 

Sunday, April 28, 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.

 

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.