Canyoneer Hike List

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (West End Trail)

Sunday, October 2, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

New this year! Plus, two hike options in one. A shorter, 4-mile hike as well as a longer 6-mile hike will be offered in this canyon preserve that is home to a variety of wildlife, including multiple species of birds, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons.

Much of the hike is in the grasslands along Peñasquitos Creek. It is common in these grasslands to spot raptors like kites and harriers and plants like coyote melon, datura, and both native and non-native grasses. Two creek crossings give you the chance to view the riparian zone up close where you will see magnificent sycamore, willow, and cottonwood trees along with other riparian vegetation. The longer walk takes you to a waterfall located midway through the preserve. Some of the oldest rock formations in San Diego County can be seen at the falls. Two hike options will be offered. A shorter, easy 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 350 feet, or continue on to complete an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation change of 550 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8–11 AM or 8 AM–noon. (Sorrento Valley) From I-5 N, exit on Sorrento Valley Rd. and then turn left on Roselle St. and go 0.1 mile. Turn right on Sorrento Valley Blvd. and go 1.1 miles. Parking lot is on the right. Alternate route: From I-5 S, take the I-5 Local Bypass then turn left on Carmel Mountain Rd. and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Vista Sorrento Pkwy. and go 1.4 miles. Turn left on Sorrento Valley Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Parking lot is on the right. Alternate route: From I-805 N, exit on Sorrento Valley Rd. and turn left on Vista Sorrento Pkwy. Go 1.1 miles. Turn right on Sorrento Valley Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Parking lot is on the right. (4280 Sorrento Valley Blvd.). Facilities. (GPS N32.906792, W117.207241)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



William Heise County Park (Desert View)

Sunday, October 9, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

The Desert View trail ascends to the Park’s highest point. Glen’s View, elevation 4,927 feet, looks out on North Peak, Julian, and the desert. William Heise Park occasionally gets snow. Be prepared for temperature changes.

This is an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 1,150 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–noon. (Julian) From CA-79, turn south on Pine Hills Rd. (1 mile west of Julian), and go 2.3 miles. Turn left on Frisius Rd. and go 2 miles to the park entrance to meet the Canyoneer host. A $3 day use fee or a San Diego County Parks and Recreation Parking Pass is required to park. See http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/parks/discount-programs-and-parking-passes.html for more information. Facilities. (GPS N33.039624, W116.592220)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



San Diego River Estuary (San Diego Estuary)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Midweek hike! The Army Corps of Engineers built rock-faced dikes on both sides of the San Diego River, resulting in an estuary that is home to numerous birds, fish, and invertebrates.

This is an easy 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 150 feet. The hike is scheduled from 10 AM–1 PM. (Mission Bay) From I-5, exit on Sea World Dr./Tecolote Rd. Turn west on Sea World Dr. and go 0.9 mile. Turn left on South Shores Pkwy. Park along Old Sea World Dr. No facilities. (GPS N32.761449, W117.214407)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Guajome Regional Park (Pond Loop)

Saturday, October 15, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Just a breeze away from Carlsbad’s lagoons and the Pacific Ocean, this park offers a taste of some of San Diego County’s favorite habitats: woodlands, chaparral, grasslands, and riparian wetlands, including two small ponds that attract migratory birds.

In the summer, when most inland areas are arid and dry, cooling ocean breezes whisper through the trees. Guajome was once part of a Mexican land grant called Rancho Guajome. The ranch house is southeast of the park on Santa Fe Avenue and is a National Historic Landmark. This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 250 feet. The hike is scheduled from 10 AM–noon. (Oceanside) From I-5, take CA-76 (Mission Ave.) east 6 miles to North Santa Fe Ave. The signed park entrance is on the left. A $3 day use fee or a San Diego County Park and Recreation Parking Pass is required to park. See http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/parks/discount-programs-and-parking-passes.html for more information. Facilities. (GPS N33.240647, W117.273363)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Blue Sky Ecological Reserve (Creekside Trail)

Sunday, October 23, 2022 1 PM | Capacity: 25 people.

This scenic walk just north of Lake Poway follows a stream and a woodland canyon of large oaks. The tracks of wild animals—including coyotes, mountain lions, and bobcats—attest to the habitats protected within this reserve.

Two hike options will be offered. A shorter, easy 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 250 feet, or continue on to complete an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 800 feet. The longer hike option will climb to an overlook of Lake Poway.The hike is scheduled from 1–3 PM or 1–5 PM. (Poway) From I-15, go east on Rancho Bernardo Rd. for 1.5 miles. Continue on Espola Rd. for 1.6 miles. Turn left into the Reserve's parking lot and drive to the end. Facilities. (GPS N33.017394, W117.024871)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Otay Valley Regional Park (Fenton Pond Trail)

Sunday, October 30, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

The trail passes through a variety of habitats including riparian woodland, marsh, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral, presenting many opportunities for bird watching and observing nature.

There are several rare and endangered birds found here, including the Least Bell's Vireo and California Gnatcatcher. The threatened Orcutt's bird's-beak plant may also be seen. This is an easy 2-mile hike with an elevation change of 150 feet. The hike is scheduled from 10–11:30 AM. (Chula Vista) From I-5, exit east on Main St. and go 0.9 mile. Turn right on Broadway and go 0.3 mile. Continue on Beyer Blvd. and go 0.3 mile. Turn left on Kaanapali Way and park on the street. Walk back to the ranger station on Beyer Blvd. to meet the Canyoneer host. Facilities. (GPS N32.587030, W117.071296)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Gonzales Canyon (Torrey Pines Loop)

Saturday, November 5, 2022 8:30 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Gonzales Canyon is named for the landowner, Levi Gonzales, whoconstructed an adobe and planted a variety of crops in the late 1800s after emigrating from Portugal. The Gonzales Canyon Open Space was preserved in the 1980s and is part of the City of San Diego’s Multiple Species Conservation Program.

See a wide variety of plants representing coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and riparian habitats. Observe many seasonal wildflowers and birds on this hike. This is an intermediate 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 600 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8:30 AM–noon. (Carmel Valley) From I-5, exit east on Del Mar Heights Rd. and go 1.4 miles. Turn left on Lansdale Dr. and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on Sword Way. and go 0.5 mile. Meet the Canyoneer host at the start of the trail, on the left. No facilities. (GPS N32.966296, W117.214247)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (RattleSnake Benchmark Trail)

Sunday, November 13, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

New this year! From Sunrise Trailhead, hike a short distance on the La Cima Trail before turning south through a grassy meadow. Ascend a ridge and enjoy panoramic views of numerous peaks in both the Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains.

Many interesting rock formations are found along the trail, as well as an impressive balanced boulder at the summit. Return via the same route. This is a difficult 6-mile hike with an elevation change of 1,250 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–1 PM. (Mount Laguna) From I-8, exit north on Sunrise Hwy. (S-1) and go 20.6 miles. Turn left into the Sunrise Trailhead parking lot. A Day Use Fee or California State Park Pass is required for each vehicle (1 day for $10.00). Day use passes can be purchased online using the Yodel app (follow instructions on the signs found at parking locations - $0.35 fee added), at a kiosk, or Iron Ranger, depending on the location. Note: Any Day Use pass is valid at all locations that require a pass within the park. See https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049 for more information. Facilities. (GPS N32.978223, W116.524863)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Balboa Park (Maple Canyon | 5 Bridges)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Midweek hike! Take a nature break and enjoy this centrally located walk, which has something for everyone. This 5-mile urban hike spans some of the city's finest canyons, parks, museums, and--of course--bridges.

Start just north of the Bea Evenson fountain near the San Diego Natural History Museum, the home of the Canyoneers, and walk through the middle of Balboa Park. Encounter a blend of both historic and current bridges and houses along former streetcar-access routes. Visit Maple Canyon with its mix of native and non-native vegetation before returning to the Museum. This is an intermediate 5-mile hike with an elevation change of 600 feet. The hike is scheduled from 10 AM–2 PM. (Balboa Park) From CA-163, take the I-5 S/Park Blvd. exit and go 0.6 mile. Take exit for Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. and go 0.9 mile. Turn left on Village Pl. and park in one of the lots or park along Park Blvd. Meet the Canyoneer host by the San Diego Natural History Museum just north of the Bea Evenson Fountain. Facilities. (GPS N32.731811, W117.146830)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Daley Ranch (Stanley Peak)

Sunday, November 20, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Enjoy an invigorating hike to Daley Ranch’s highest peak (1,983 feet) while delighting in wildlife sightings and the smells of chaparral and coastal sage scrub-covered hillsides.

This less traveled route offers plenty of opportunities for wildlife observations as well as expansive views of this 3,000-acre public preserve. This is a difficult 7-mile hike with an elevation change of 1,650 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8 AM–2:30 PM. (Escondido) From I-15, go east on El Norte Pkwy. for 4.5 miles. Turn left on Valley Pkwy., and go 0.4 mile. Turn left on Beven Dr. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Save-a-Life Way and go 0.1 mile. There will be signs for both the Humane Society and the Caballo Trail. Parking lot is on the left. No facilities. (GPS N33.158435, W117.032540)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Cleveland National Forest (Scove Canyon)

Saturday, November 26, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Two hikes in one! Explore the lower slopes of the Laguna Mountains hiking above a seasonal creek. A variety of flowering shrubs are often found along the trail as well as many birds and other wildlife.

The shorter 4-mile hike will go to a shady grove of Coulter Pines before heading back. The longer 6-mile hike will continue on and drop down to meet the Noble Canyon Trail before beginning the return trip. Two hike options will be offered. A shorter intermediate 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 400 feet, or continue on to complete an intermediate 6-mile hike with an elevation change of 1,250 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–noon. (Mount Laguna) Take I-8 E to the Sunrise Hwy. (S-1). Turn north and go 2.0 miles, just past mile marker 15.0. Park in the large turnout on the left. The hike will begin at the north end of the turnout. No facilities. (GPS N32.82738, W116.49581)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Mission Trails Regional Park (Kumeyaay Lake)

Saturday, December 3, 2022 8 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This short, easy hike along a cottonwood and willow shaded lakeshore is perfect for young children, seniors, and avid birdwatchers. The lush vegetation has created a first-class botanical and wildlife habitat with both riparian and chaparral plants.

This is an easy 2-mile hike with an elevation change of 0 feet. The hike is scheduled from 8–9:30 AM. (Santee) From I-8, exit north on Mission Gorge Rd. Continue 4.2 miles, then turn left on Father Junipero Serra Trail. Drive through the gated road past the Visitor Center and go 2.4 miles to the parking lot at the intersection of Bushy Hill Dr. and Father Junipero Serra Trail. Alternate route: From CA-52, exit on Mast Blvd. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on West Hills Pkwy. and go 0.7 mile. Turn right on Mission Gorge Rd. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Father Junipero Serra Trail and go 0.2 mile to the parking lot at Bushy Hill Dr. Meet the Canyoneer host in the parking lot. Facilities. (GPS N32.839002, W117.033748)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Palo Verde Wash)

Sunday, December 4, 2022 10 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This spot is aptly named for the Palo Verde trees that dot its course. In spring these "green sticks'' are covered in masses of bright yellow flowers. There are many other points of interest along this trail.

Spring wildflowers can be abundant and there are always many geological wonders to capture the imagination. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife in the area including coyotes, raptors, and even the occasional wandering tarantula. This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 250 feet. The hike is scheduled from 10 AM–1 PM. (Borrego Springs) Take CA-67 or CA-78 east to Ramona, continue east on CA-78 for 14.4 miles to Santa Ysabel. Turn left on CA-79 towards Warner Springs and go 11.4 miles. Turn right on San Felipe Rd. (S-2) and go 4.7 miles. Turn left on Montezuma Valley Rd. (S-22) and go 17.4 miles. Turn right on Palm Canyon Dr. (S-22) and go 1.4 miles. Park at Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs to meet the Canyoneer host, then caravan to the trailhead. Facilities. (GPS N33.25665, W116.37430)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Nude Wash)

Saturday, December 10, 2022 9 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

This hike is in an often-overlooked small wash and canyon with fascinating geology and vegetation, similar to that found in the larger, more frequently visited washes and canyons in the Vallecito Mountains.

Vegetation includes not only the spiny plants and ironwood trees found in the sandy wash, but also desert lavender, creosote bush, wishbone bush, and brittlebush. It offers an opportunity to see many interesting geological features as well. There are several dry waterfalls and a steep rocky descent that make this hike challenging. Hiking poles are recommended. This is a difficult 4-mile hike with an elevation change of 1,050 feet including some strenuous challenges. The hike is scheduled from 9 AM–1 PM. (Tamarisk Grove) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on Main St. Continue on CA-78 (Banner Rd.) and go 24.3 miles. Meet the Canyoneer host at the entrance to Nude Wash on the right (5.7 miles past Yaqui Pass Rd.). No facilities. (GPS N33.13948, W116.28976)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.



Tijuana River Valley Regional Park (Dairy Mart Trailhead)

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 9:30 AM | Capacity: 25 people.

Midweek hike! This 1,800-acre park is bisected by the Tijuana River. The broad, flat floodplain provides an ideal environment to observe the diverse vegetation communities that attract transient bird populations as well as lizards, frogs, and toads.

This is an easy 3-mile hike with an elevation change of 100 feet. The hike is scheduled from 9:30 AM–noon. (Imperial Beach) From I-5 S, exit right on Dairy Mart Rd. and go 0.5 mile to the old road parking lot on the right (0.2 mile past Camino De La Plaza) to meet the Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS N32.551318, W117.062591)

Capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Registration will open to members five weeks prior to the hike date and to non-members one month prior to the hike date.