Ian Anderson 12:40 p.m., Sept. 27
Stories by The Canyoneers
150 acres of coastal sage scrub provide an important habitat for wildlife
That dropped Ping-Pong ball song would be the wrentit.
No city hustle here
Dry chaparral becomes lush riparian habitat on this East County hike.
Hike through this Palomar Mountain forest thick with oaks and conifers
Parts of Fry Creek Trail are reminiscent of forests much farther north.
Clevenger Canyon is rich in wildflowers and blooming chaparral shrubs in season
Clevenger Canyon is part of the Coast to Crest Trail of the San Dieguito River Parkway, a 70-mile trail that will eventually connect Volcan Mountain with the ocean at Del Mar. The Clevenger Canyon North ...
Views of seals, pelicans, and sea lions in their natural habitat
Stroll along one of the most picturesque parts of the San Diego coastline.
This section of the Coast to Crest Trail is the wildest and most interesting
San Dieguito River Park’s (SDRP) planned Coast to Crest Trail when completed will extend some 70 miles from the coast at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain near Julian. Part of the Coast to Crest Trail ...
A walk among the survivors of the Cedar Fire to Eagle Peak
Enjoy a 360-degree view of the San Diego River canyon and its surrounding peaks.
Vegetation, views, and more on this Cuyamaca-area hike
Harper Creek Trail puts on a colorful show!
Views of eastern peaks and Pacific waters await
Bushwhack to the hidden cave.
Stroll through tree-shaded walkways in Mission Valley
Although located in the midst of metropolitan San Diego, this trail segment meanders along a lush wooded watercourse that winds its way to the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the San Diego River Park ...
Shorebirds and chaparral abound at Alpine’s manmade lake.
Loveland Dam, also known as Sweetwater Falls Dam, is a thin arch design of concrete built in 1945. Loveland Reservoir is one of the two manmade lakes made by dams along the Sweetwater River. It ...
See how it grows on the once-scorched Pine Ridge Trail
A hike in the Cuyamacas with views in a wilderness setting.
Begin from any starting point you choose
Lake Jennings is a manmade 9800-acre-foot capacity reservoir owned by the Helix Water District. In 1962 the Helix Irrigation District built Chet Harritt Dam, which forms the reservoir, storing water that is treated and used ...
Golfers provide the surreality on the Santa Fe Valley Trail.
A hike along a river and golf course for an overview of the San Dieguito River.
Hike through grasslands, chaparral, and riparian habitats with views
Gnatcatchers and meadlowlarks you may only hear in Ramona.
The trek to Pyles Peak via Cowles Mountain
Start with familiar and popular Cowles, then take a detour for views west to the ocean and east to the Cuyamacas.
Hike to the “Rattlesnake” Viewing Platform to view Lake Hodges Dam
This trail is part of the Coast to Crest Trail of the San Dieguito River Park. The 70-mile planned Coast to Crest Trail will extend one day from Volcan Mountain near Julian to the shore ...
If it rains, look out for violent cataclysms in Clark Valley
Hike through a canyon with towering walls to some old and remote rock-house ruins.
Popular hike leads to a pinyon forest and spectacular views
Whale Peak, though not the highest peak in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, is high enough at 5349 feet to offer spectacular views of much of the park and mountain ranges in Mexico and Arizona. ...
Bighorn sheep possible while climbing Indianhead.
Hike to the top of this profile that looms 3000 feet above Borrego Springs.
Rich riparian areas and shaded grottos await adventurous hikers in Sheep Canyon
Sheep Canyon has one of the larger streams flowing east out of the San Ysidro Mountains. Its bubbling waters cascade over boulders and down waterfalls into clear pools, and its banks are lined with shady ...
This popular hike leads to a pinyon forest and spectacular views.
One of the highest peaks in Anza-Borrego has fascinating plant life and gorgeous views.
Mountain range in miniature
These wind-eroded sandstone blocks are fun to explore.
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.