VCTA Happy New Year

Happy New Year, VCTA!

Ring in the new year with two great hikes!

Annual Resolution Hike
On Jan. 1, 2022, kick off your new year with healthy activity! Join your neighbors and community members for a hike, bike, stroll, or ride on the Heritage Trail. This is a self guided event so you can show up whenever you want and do some or all of the trail. It’s a great way to set the tone for a healthy, happy year.

And, for something a little more challenging:

Santa Ysabel Preserve East Loop
Friday, January 7, 2022 – 8:00 AM

Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is one of San Diego County’s hidden gems. With oak woodlands, riparian, chaparral, and grassland habitats, the Preserve offers variety and wide open spaces. There are cows in the Preserve, which we are sure to see, as well as coyotes, bobcats, and badgers.

The hike is about four miles long and has hills. This hike is rated moderate; participants should be physically fit and have some recent experience walking longer than an hour. The hike is on established trails. Long pants, water, and sun protection are recommended. Dogs are welcome if they are on an 8’ (non-retractable) leash and if they’ve trained their owners to clean up after them.

Meeting place: This hike starts at the trailhead on Highway 79 – not at the Visitor Center. The parking is on the side of Highway 79 just 1.2 miles from the 79 junction with Highway 78 (where Dudley’s and the Julian Pie Company are) – you can look for my little red Chevy sedan as I am usually there first. Allow about an hour to get to the trailhead from Valley Center. Please be on time. We’ll begin hiking by 8:05am.

Heavy rain during 24 hours before hike or steady rain one hour in advance of start time cancels hike. Notice will be given on VCTA FaceBook page. Questions? Email the Trail Master: