Jeff Smith 11:59 p.m., Feb. 8
Hike to a waterfall oasis amid towering rocks, cooling shade, and rich plant and wildlife.
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is a 4000-acre open-space area that includes both Los Peñasquitos Canyon and Lopez Canyon. Both canyons may be accessed from a western approach. The canyon walls are responsible for its name ...
Uncommon soils make for rare plants along this trail
McGinty Mountain lies within a collective ecological preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Several rare and ...
Stroll through a restored riparian habitat in South Bay
The Otay Delta Habitat Restoration Project is part of a much larger management plan to restore ecosystems and provide necessary habitat corridors for wildlife between San Diego Bay and Otay Mountain along the Otay River ...
A quiet walk in lush chaparral, with Torrey pines and spectacular ocean views
The trail begins just north of the Torrey Pines Lodge Visitor Center at the top of the hill with a walk through Whitaker Native Plant Garden, named for Thomas W. Whitaker, a plant scientist and ...
In memory of fallen firefighters in Santa Ysabel
This short hike explores the transition between forest and chaparral.
A pleasant walk along the southern section
Tecolote Canyon, featured on area maps for almost 200 years, is designated a natural park 6 miles in length, .25 to .5-mile wide, with a 2-mile tributary totaling just over 900 acres. Elevations range from ...
Follow the Santa Margarita River Trail
The Santa Margarita River Trails are managed by the newly merged Live Oak Coalition and the Fallbrook Trails Council. Through an agreement with the Fallbrook Public Utility District, which owns the property, the nonprofit group ...
Follow an old jeep trail into a wilderness area with spectacular views
Wilson Trail and Peak were named for the rancher, Alfred Wilson, who ran cattle in this area in the first half of the 20th Century. The Wilson Trail goes southeast along Pinyon Ridge for several ...
Expect showy displays of wildflowers on Jasper Trail
Hike the transition from high to low desert on this historic cattleman’s trail.
Otay Valley Regional Park Loop features ponds, rare flora, and lots of options
Natives populated Otay Valley 9000 years ago.
Stonewall to Upper Green Valley offers a beautiful and comprehensive perspective
This hike offers an opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of the Cuyamaca Mountains. The loop travels along Cold Stream Creek under shady, ancient oaks with the sound of water gently flowing over rocks, ...
Hike the San Dieguito River Park courtesy of the Dust Devils
Bird watching and scenic views of seasonal ponds are highlights.
A strenuous climb up unique Sycuan Peak
Put on your sturdiest boots and enjoy this short workout climb near Jamul.
Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is growing in size
Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is within the San Dieguito River watershed that is the drainage area from the rivers’ headwaters in Volcan Mountain to the Pacific Ocean via the San Dieguito Lagoon in Del ...