Escondido Lakes & Open Space Hikes & Activities
Hikes begin at the Daley Ranch La Honda Drive entrance unless otherwise noted. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, and treaded footwear. All trails include steep and/or slippery sections. 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 so carry a sufficient supply.
Sunday, June 09, 2019, 8:00 a.m. Visiting and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford
MEET AT LAKE WOHLFORD EGRET TRAILHEAD AT 8:00 a.m.
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. To get to Lake Wohlford’s Egret Trailhead from Escondido, travel east on Valley Parkway. At Washington Avenue, Valley Parkway becomes Valley Center Road. Continue another 0.8 mile to Lake Wohlford Road and turn right. Drive 1.9 miles uphill to Oakvale Drive, again on the right. Drive 0.7 mile on Oakvale to a gated dirt road on the left, which leads to a parking area for public access to the south shore of Lake Wohlford.
Heavy rain cancels.
Sunday, June 09, 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. Steady rain cancels.
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 7:00AM Discover Daley Ranch
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, June 16, 2019, 12:30 p.m. Walk With Nature
Join outdoor educator and Chaparral Naturalist, Al Bates, on an easy, slow-paced interpretive nature walk along Dixon Lake’s Chaparral Nature Trail. This walk is for anyone yearning to enjoy nature while looking for more than the end of the trail. This walk will be general in nature, and will cover a variety of topics, ranging from history of local Native Americans, native plant life, mammals, birds, and more. This walk will last approximately an hour-and-a-half to two hours and will cover a little less than two miles of easy, mostly flat terrain.
MEET IN THE DALEY RANCH LA HONDA PARKING LOT BY THE WATER FOUNTAIN.
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, which intersects
El Norte on the north side of street. Continue one mile to Daley Ranch entrance parking lot on left.
Cougar Pass Trailhead: From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Parkway exit in Escondido. Go east about a half mile to Broadway. Go north on Broadway four miles to Cougar Pass (dirt road), turn right onto Cougar Pass Road and go one mile. Park in the asphalt lot on left.
If it’s been raining, parts of this route can be slippery, deeply rutted, possibly flooded in spots. There is an alternate route.
Alternate Route to Cougar Pass Trailhead:
From Mountain Meadow Road & N Centre City Parkway, head east on Mountain Meadow Road for 1.3 miles. Continue straight onto
Hidden Meadows Road for 0.8 miles. Hidden Meadows Road turns left and becomes Granite Ridge Road. Continue on Granite Ridge Road for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Meadow Glen Way E and continue for 0.3 miles. Continue onto Cougar Pass Road for 0.7 miles. Keep right. Trailhead parking lot will be on the right 157 ft.
Caballo Trailhead: From Interstate 15, take the Valley Parkway exit in Escondido and go northeast about 5 miles. Turn left at Beven Drive. Follow the road toward the water filtration plant entrance and turn right at the Escondido Humane Society sign (Volunteer Lane). Park in the dirt parking lot on the left.
Lake Wohlford’s Egret Trailhead: In Escondido, travel east on Valley Parkway. At Washington Avenue, Valley Parkway becomes Valley Center Road. Continue another 0.8 mile to Lake Wohlford Road and turn right. Drive 1.9 miles uphill to Oakvale Drive, again on the right. Drive 0.7 mile on Oakvale to a gated dirt road on the left, which leads to a parking area for public access to the south shore of Lake Wohlford.