Roam-O-Rama

Must-see Mast Park

Enough open space in Santee to forget about busy city life.

Follow a San Diego River trail through sycamores, cottonwoods, and willows to bird-watch.

Abundant evidence of the Kumeyaay

Hike Kumeyaay Trail through oak woodlands and chaparral strewn with boulders and beautiful views of Lake Wohlford.

The crew did a heroic job clearing Kelly Ditch Trail

Popular hiking trail in the Cuyamacas is open again.

The Kelly Ditch Trail is a 5.6-mile hiking path extending from William Heise County Park to Lake Cuyamaca. Prior to 2003, it passed through one of the most magnificent oak and coniferous forests in San ...

Crushed seashells + limestone + Kumeyaay “laborers” = the Mission Dam

Get a close up view of rugged Mission Gorge and a national historic landmark.

This hike goes through scenic Mission Gorge and leads to the Old Mission Dam that impounded the San Diego River to provide water for the Spanish Mission San Diego de Alcalá. The dam is a ...

Lake Cuyamaca loop

Cuyamaca is a Spanish corruption of the Kumeyaay phrase “Ekwiiyemak”

An easy stroll around the shores and meadows of this picturesque mountain lake that abounds with alpine plants and wildlife.

Hacked-out, spectacular view

A view of an unbroken 3000-foot drop to the desert floor.

Views of the desert and an exploration of part of the original Sunrise Highway.

Drought on display

Bernardo Mountain, for views and illustrations of drought

Bernardo Mountain, with an elevation of 1150 feet, rises steeply from the north shore of Lake Hodges, southwest of Escondido. It offers a relatively short, vigorous hike to the peak for dramatic views of this ...

A lush riparian area despite a year of drought

The Azalea Glen Loop Trail is on the slopes of Cuyamaca Mountain, the second-highest peak in San Diego County. Despite the fact that the area is still recovering from the 2003 Cedar Fire that devastated ...

Straddle the Sunrise

Hike Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in summer for spectacular desert views.

When the Anza-Borrego Foundation bought the ranch, they saved the ranch.

Varied habitats, outstanding views

Add five strenuous miles to get to Potato Chip Rock.

Lake Poway is a full-facility recreation area that has something for everyone.

Scenic road through recovery

The oaks still stand, but Margaret’s cabin burned down.

This hike through Oakoasis Open Space Preserve has stunning views and shady riparian areas.

Wide-open space abounds

Watch hawks soar on a stroll through oak-studded open grasslands.

Wide-open space abounds at Barnett Ranch, the 728-acre preserve that is now owned by the County of San Diego. The historic cattle ranch is part of the property that was once the home of Augustus ...

A look down on Escondido from Dixon Lake

Dixon Loop Trail offers great views of the lake and city below.

Dixon Lake is a multipurpose recreation area adjacent to the Daley Ranch Open Space Preserve. Both are managed by the City of Escondido, but separately. Dixon Lake provides drinking water for Escondido, so swimming isn’t ...

Rancho Mission Canyon Open Space

An easy walk through one of San Diego’s ecologically diverse urban canyons.

“Chi-ca-go chi-ca-go” in Rancho Mission Canyon

In search of coastal sage scrub

Remnants remain in some of our coastal canyons and in special reserves.

The coastal sage plant community has been nearly eliminated in San Diego County, replaced by housing developments, shopping centers, business centers, and golf courses. However, remnants remain in some of our coastal canyons and in ...

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