Garrett Harris 6 p.m., April 20
Stories by The Canyoneers
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.
This Old California can’t disappear in Murrieta
Hike along a boardwalk to a vernal pool.
This segment of the San Dieguito River Park crosses an agricultural preserve.
The San Pasqual Valley has continuous, completed segments of the planned, 55-mile-long, Coast to Crest Trail of the San Dieguito River Park. When finally realized, the Coast to Crest Trail will extend from Volcan Mountain ...
Post-fire Garnet Peak hike boasts a flurry of wildflowers.
Hike this peak for dramatic views of the desert, mountains, and ocean all from one spot.
A deliberate trek through Balboa Park, 100 years later
Visit Balboa Park during the 100-year celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
Seeking out Fonts Point and Inspiration Point in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Hike along this cliff edge for a spectacular view of the western and southern badlands.
See rare “elephant trees” and a view into the desert wilderness.
You might want trekking poles for that descent into Indian Valley.
This destination offers both a relaxing and a challenging hike.
Pottery Canyon is a historical site that was named after the La Jolla Clay Products Company. This small company developed because a potter from Mexico found raw clay in the area and took up residence ...
Look out! It's beautiful!
Hike the Boucher Loop in Palomar Mountain State Park to a historical fire lookout and enjoy incredible views on the return.
Hike to the top of a waterfall 150 feet above the pool below.
Even in a dry year, Kitchen Creek can look like a green oasis.
It had its beginnings as “Borrego Palms Desert State Park”
Hike to the palm grove that was the inspiration to create California’s first desert park.
A little-known preserve hosts views, critters galore, and a beautiful bridge.
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.
Hike Kumeyaay Trail through oak woodlands and chaparral strewn with boulders and beautiful views of Lake Wohlford.
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 ...
South Fortuna Mountain offers a challenging and varied hike in Mission Trails.
The top of 1094-foot South Fortuna Mountain has sweeping views of all of the major peaks found in the City of San Diego’s largest regional park. South Fortuna is part of a long arced mountain ...
An abundance of ocean life awaits discovery on a beach walk.
Walk at low tide to discover multiple tide pools. Get to know your anemones from Cardiff to Carlsbad.
Bump into feral pigs and/or international hikers on this Lake Morena hike.
Hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail parallel to Lake Morena’s southern shore for views and interesting vegetation among boulders.
Visit the T-rex, the Spinosaurus, and even Ricardo
Tour Borrego Valley’s spectacular southern Sky Art metal sculptures.
This way to the Borrego Springs gomphotheres.
Take a bicycle ride to view Borrego Valley’s spectacular northern Sky Art metal sculptures.
Explore two very different canyons while looking for bighorn sheep.
Stalk bighorn sheep in the Anza-Borrego...but don’t drink their water.
Walk an old Indian trail to a hidden playa
Here is your chance to walk on trails the Cahuilla used to travel between their old Santa Rosa village in Rockhouse Canyon and villages in Coyote Canyon. Although the trail is a little hard to ...