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

 

Sunday, November 8, 6:45 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike

Why hike on level terrain when there are steep hills to go up and down?  Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt and test your endurance and stamina on this 11.1 mile hike.  Some of the hills we will tackle are on East Ridge, Staley Peak, and Crest Trails.  We will be hiking at a brisk pace.  There are some steep uphill/downhill sections and this hike is not suited for children.

 

Sunday, November 8, 9:30 a.m., “Friends of Daley Ranch Member Appreciation Day”

Please join the Friends of Daley Ranch on November 8th, 2015 for our Member Appreciation Day!  FODR is sponsoring this event to showcase the ranch house, to thank its loyal members, to welcome new members and to celebrate its successful programs.  Special events include:

9:30a.m. – Guided hike with Rick Paul leaving from the La Honda parking area,

12:00 Noon – Luncheon at the Ranch House

12:30 p.m. – Presentation by Fred Woods, President of FODR.

A shuttle to the ranch will be available by reservation only from the La Honda parking lot, starting at 11am.  Please R.S.V.P.  by Tuesday November 3, 2015 to daleyranch@yahoo.com, http://tinyurl.com/psn8cfq,  or call Colleen MacKinnon at 760-480-1917.

 

Saturday, November 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.  He will be happy to map out a hike for those wishing to go longer distances.  Choices are hikes of 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, and 16 miles in length.

 

Sunday, November 15, 6:45 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike

Naturalist Rita Ospelt will lead a hike to the north end and west side of Daley Ranch.  The total distance is about 11 miles and we will be hiking at a brisk pace.  This hike is not suited for children.

 

Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m.  “Volunteer Trail Team

You can bring your gloves, we will bring the tools. Adults 18 yrs of age and older are invited to show up wearing long sleeves, long pants, hat and closed-toe shoes to meet a Ranger at the intersection of Sage Trail & Old Water Tank Trail to trim the trails. No experience necessary.

 

Sunday, November 15, 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. 

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, November 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., “Just for Kids”

Got kids?  This hike is perfect for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and their kids.  Join Naturalist DJ Summers on this kid-friendly hike as we explore the area.  We will walk along an easy trail with several stops/rests along the way.  Afterward, we will make a nature craft in a beautiful picnic area.  Treats will be rewarded to good listeners.  Sorry no dogs are allowed on this hike as we use mostly Dixon Lake trails and picnic areas.

 

Saturday, November 21, 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.  He will be happy to map out a hike for those wishing to go longer distances.  Choices are hikes of 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, and 16 miles in length.

 

Saturday, November 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.  He will be happy to map out a hike for those wishing to go longer distances.  Choices are hikes of 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, and 16 miles in length.

 

Sunday, November 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., “Dixon Lake Clean Up Event

Adults 18 yrs of age and older are invited to volunteer to perform litter abatement at Dixon Lake. Children are welcome to participate with parents. Wear closed-toe shoes, hat, sunscreen and carry water. For more information or to register to participate, please contact Ranger Kathy (760) 839-4345.

 

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 Ranger Kathy 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.