Scott Marks 4:26 p.m., May 21
Stories by The Canyoneers
Beware of Stonewall Peak's poodle-dog bush
Follow this switchback trail to granitic 5730-foot-high Stonewall Peak for views of Cuyamaca Reservoir and the nearby peaks of Cuyamaca, Middle, and North.
The largest known fault scarp on the North American continent existing on unconsolidated sediments.
Carlsbad’s high point offers a 360-degree view from the coast to the mountains.
Drive to Escondido, take a step back in time.
Hike cobbled streambeds with small groupings of palm trees and chaparral plants lining the canyon.
Hike to a viewpoint overlooking an area where Indians once lived and enjoy the silence and isolation.
Visit an old Indian village site and hike down a high-walled serpentine gorge.
Enjoy a pleasant walk along the southern section of the Tecolote Canyon Nature Park
Inspiring views make this a great hike on cool days.
Stands of majestic oaks and sycamores line a bubbling stream along a section of the trail.
Discover a little-known route to one of Anza-Borrego’s remote palm groves
This historic watering hole is a premier birding site in San Diego County.
This trail provides a great introduction to desert plants.
A walk to the Hodges Dam and back through coastal sage scrub habitat.
Once a mecca for the Hollywood set; includes trails connected to the City of Carlsbad
Hike up to 4927 feet for Glen’s View, with panoramic views that include North Peak, Julian, and the desert.
Paved and dirt trails encourage all visitors (including those in wheelchairs) to experience the desert
Big Sky Country in San Diego County
Montana is not the only state that can boast being “Big Sky Country.” We have the same bragging rights in our own backyard: the Laguna Mountains (locals call it “the Lagunas”). Tucked in the Cleveland ...
Explore the wild side of this much-loved neighborhood park with beautiful views and a wide array of native and exotic plants.
Discover Indian rock art and grinding areas on this desert hike.
One of the finest trails in Palomar Mountain State Park is this loop with great surrounding views and interesting plants.
A short, steep desert trail gives bird’s eye view of canyons and mountains.
Overlooks with dramatic views
Up to you: leisurely stroll or heart-pumping workout in the Elfin Forest.
Hike on a man-made island in Mission Bay where invasive plants dominate the landscape.
This Agua Tibia Wilderness hike has dramatic vistas and a variety of vegetation types.
The cooling, welcoming sight of a pond while hiking in the chaparral on a hot day.
A tree-shaded trail with bucolic vistas leads to a world-class observatory.
Cross seven access bridges to San Diego’s historical streetcar routes on this downtown loop walk that blends the present with the past.
This spectacular hike showcases San Diego’s skyline, Coronado, and the bay.
A lofty perch offers impressive views of San Pasqual Valley clear to the ocean
Explore an urban canyon with a riparian area and over 100 palm trees.
Guidebook author Jerry Schad’s favorite Balboa Park trail and an opportunity to volunteer service.
On any given day, the main route up Cowles Mountain, the highest point in the city of San Diego, is busy. A route with less traffic and easy parking is the Mesa Trail route that ...
Huge sycamores and live oak trees highlight this easy walk in the canyon bottom.
Hike to a tumbling creek among cottonwoods and willows.
Chaparral-cloaked hills, a wide river valley with oak woodland vegetation, and sections of lush riparian flora.
The alternate, less crowded trail up Iron Mountain.
Walk among Torrey pine trees through coastal sage scrub and chaparral plants.
This challenging hike combines an opportunity to view rare old-growth Tecate cypress trees and a variety of native plant species.
A cascading waterfall is the cool reward.
View the somewhat rare Englemann live oaks from a relatively secluded trail.
Multiple plant communities and more than 250 species of shore and water birds.
Hike over rolling hills and through oak woodlands, wildflower fields, and seasonal wetlands.
Double your pleasure on this hike with inspiring vistas and a remarkable assortment of flowering plants.
One of the best single-track mountain-bike trails in California is also one of the finest hiking trails. Shuttling required.
This short, easy hike along a cottonwood and willow-shaded lakeshore is perfect for young children, seniors, and avid birdwatchers
View salt-marsh plants year round and shorebirds especially during spring and winter migrations.
Less crowded, unique and beautiful wildlands make this a good place to explore.