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.com.  Please note that drinking water is not available on Daley Ranch so be sure to carry a sufficient supply.

 

 

Friday, January 1, 8:00 a.m., “8th Annual New Years’ Day Hike”

Join Naturalist Lee Dezan on a 3.5 mile hike, lasting about 3-3.5 hours. Three pond sites will be visited and the external Ranch House renovation will be viewed. Wear layered clothing and bring at least 2 liters of water. Treaded footwear is recommended, along with a wide-brimmed hat. Binoculars are always handy as we usually see many birds. OK for leashed dogs. Rain never cancels. Free parking at the La Honda trailhead.

 

Sunday, January 10,  9:00 a.m., “Daley Ranch Scenery”

A diverse plant population and expansive views are waiting to be enjoyed on Naturalist Rick Paul’s occasionally strenuous, 4-mile hike leaving from Cougar Pass.  Be sure to ask Rick about the Daley Ranch keepsake!  MEET AT THE COUGAR PASS PARKING LOT.  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 about one mile.  Park in the asphalt lot on left.

 

Sunday, January 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., “Dixon Lake Clean Up Event

Adults 18 years of age and older are invited to volunteer to perform litter abatement at Dixon Lake. Children are welcome to participate with parents or guardians. Trash pickers, gloves, buckets, bags, vests provided. Entry fee waived for participants. Rain cancels.

 

Sunday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., “Dixon Lake Clean Up Event

Adults 18 years of age and older are invited to volunteer to perform litter abatement at Dixon Lake. Children are welcome to participate with parents or guardians. Trash pickers, gloves, buckets, bags, vests provided. Entry fee waived for participants. Rain cancels.

 

Sunday, January 24, 7:15 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike

Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt on an exploration of the single-track trails of the west side as well as on the east side of Daley Ranch.  The hike will also go through the valley.  The total distance will be 12.2 miles and will be at a brisk pace.  Expect steep uphill/downhill sections and this hike is not suited for children

 

Sunday, January 24, 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.

 

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 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.