Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Hike Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in summer for spectacular desert views.
When the Anza-Borrego Foundation bought the ranch, they saved the ranch.
Add five strenuous miles to get to Potato Chip Rock.
Lake Poway is a full-facility recreation area that has something for everyone.
The oaks still stand, but Margaret’s cabin burned down.
This hike through Oakoasis Open Space Preserve has stunning views and shady riparian areas.
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 ...
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 ...
An easy walk through one of San Diego’s ecologically diverse urban canyons.
“Chi-ca-go chi-ca-go” in Rancho Mission Canyon
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 ...
A forest of communication towers
Enjoy views to the ocean on a clear day, and visit Potato Chip Rock.
This is a challenging hike with a variety of habitats and great views.
North Fortuna Mountain, at 1291 feet, is the third-tallest mountain in Mission Trails Regional Park after Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak but the most challenging to climb because of the steep ascent and descent. The ...