Daley Ranch Naturalist Hikes

Escondido Lakes & Open Space

Hikes & Activities
March 2020

 

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 activities unless otherwise described.

The schedule is also posted at www.escondido.org and www.visitescondido.com.

Drinking water is not available in many areas so carry a sufficient supply.

 

Saturday, March 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon: Kit Carson Park Hike With a Ranger

at Kit Carson Park   3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025

Learn about the history, flora and fauna of Kit Carson Park.

Meet at the Queen Califia Parking Lot. For all ages. Easy hike.

 

Sunday, March 8, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.:  Daley Ranch Open House

Approximately one 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, March 14, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity

The San Diego Mountain Biking Association is back and active at Daley Ranch! Meet at the Dixon Lake Hilltop parking lot to join the SDMBA Trail Crew to help us maintain Daley Ranch trails. Please wear appropriate work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring gloves, water and any snacks to sustain yourself during the day.

 

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m.: Daley Ranch Hike With a Ranger

Sage and Stanley Peak. Moderate to difficult. 5.5 miles total.

 

Saturday, March 14, 10:00 a.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.

Rain cancels.

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 8:30 a.m. Wintering and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford

MEET AT THE LAKE WOHLFORD/OAKVALE TRAILHEAD AT 8:30AM

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 eastern shoreline from the parking lot on Oakvale Road. We hope to see a Bald Eagle perching on its favorite tree or hunting over the lake. The Common Mergansers as well as a number of other duck species should be back from their northern breeding grounds. We often find American White Pelicans on the lake at this time of the year. 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’s Oakvale and Egret Trailheads: In Escondido, travel east on Valley Pkwy to Lake Wohlford Rd and turn right. Drive 1.9 miles on Lake Wohlford Rd to Oakvale Dr and turn right. Drive 0.7 mile on Oakvale Rd to a gated dirt road on the left, which leads to a parking area for public access to the south shore of Lake Wohlford.

 

Saturday, March 21, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity

The San Diego Mountain Biking Association is back and active at Daley Ranch! Meet at the Dixon Lake Hilltop parking lot to join the SDMBA Trail Crew to help us maintain Daley Ranch trails. Please wear appropriate work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring gloves, water and any snacks to sustain yourself during the day.

 

Directions to Hike Locations

 

La Honda Trailhead: From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Pkwy exit in Escondido. Go east four miles to La Honda Dr, which intersects El Norte Pkwy 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 Pkwy 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 Rd 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 Rd & N Centre City Pkwy, head east on Mountain Meadow Rd for 1.3 miles. Continue straight onto Hidden Meadows Rd for 0.8 miles. Hidden Meadows Rd turns left and becomes Granite Ridge Rd. Continue on Granite Ridge Rd for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Meadow Glen Way E and continue for 0.3 miles. Continue onto Cougar Pass Rd for 0.7 miles. Keep right. Trailhead parking lot will be on the right 157 ft.

 

Caballo Trailhead: From Interstate 15, take the Valley Pkwy exit in Escondido and go northeast about 5 miles. Turn left at Beven Dr. Follow the road toward the water filtration plant entrance and turn right onto Save-A-Life Way. Park in the dirt parking lot on the left.

 

Lake Wohlford’s Oakvale and Egret Trailheads: In Escondido, travel east on Valley Pkwy to Lake Wohlford Rd and turn right. Drive 1.9 miles on Lake Wohlford Rd to Oakvale Dr and turn right. Drive 0.7 mile on Oakvale Rd to a gated dirt road on the left, which leads to a parking area for public access to the south shore of Lake Wohlford.