Larry Steckling 10 a.m., July 30
Don’t drink the water — it’s for through-hikers.
Combs Peak is the fifth highest peak in San Diego County and also one of the most remote. Surprisingly, it is in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. From this lofty summit there are views of ...
Thousands of years of human habitation on display at Indian Hill
Visiting Indian Hill gives us a renewed appreciation for this desert area. Humans have used the area for perhaps several thousand years. The last Indian cultural group to occupy this area was the Kumeyaay. It ...
Look up at 5 million years of layered history
Sandstone Canyon is one of several long canyons that stretch down the flanks of the rapidly eroding Vallecito Mountains. Frequent visitors to this part of the Anza-Borrego Desert consider Sandstone Canyon to be the most ...
A good place to peer into Hellhole Canyon
Church Spur provides overviews of Borrego Valley and the work of profound geological forces.
Geology is the highlight of this Anza-Borrego hike
Look for cheese bush.
Casual hike to Monument Peak accessible for all ages, but watch out for... lasers?
Keep the kids off the antennae and away from the laser targets on Monument Peak.
Plenty of color on the journey to Cuyamaca Peak
Hike to the roof of San Diego County and see Mexico and Arizona from one spot.
The ocean is the high point at this legendary surf spot.
The hike begins at the top of a cliff adjacent to a small park with a few artistic statues. A long stairway leads down to the beach. Here, the ocean is the high point as ...
Better bring binoculars
The Famosa Slough State Marine Conservation Area is a 25-acre wetland that connects to the San Diego River Estuary via a 12-acre natural channel. The slough includes fresh water, brackish, and salt-marsh habitats. It is ...
They named this canyon after a naked guy
Nobody’s allowed to jump in.
Be prepared for this challenging but rewarding hike to one of San Diego County’s most spectacular waterfalls.
An oriflamme or “golden flame” appeared on the red battle standard of the King of France during the Middle Ages. It is unlikely that Oriflamme Canyon was named for this, although a red banner could ...
Over 100 years of history at the Sikes family’s adobe
Hike through the colorful past in southern Escondido.
Accessible, subtle beauty
Cottonwood Creek Falls offers a restful setting in a deep East County canyon.