Places to go in Descanso

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Headwaters Habitat Restoration

Boulder Creek Preserve

Saturday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Headwaters Habitat Restoration

Boulder Creek Preserve

Saturday, September 29, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Headwaters Habitat Restoration

Boulder Creek Preserve

Saturday, October 6, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Headwaters Habitat Restoration

Boulder Creek Preserve

Saturday, October 27, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Descanso News & Stories

Other people’s stuff

Help restore Boulder Creek

The OPS standard has been used for as long as I can remember. Other People’s Stuff. As in “I smoke OPCs” or “The cheapest boat to fish from is an OPB.” Investors like to use ...

Get an early start on Descanso’s Blue Ribbon Loop along Sweetwater Creek

Lush river vegetation

If you are looking for a loop hike in the Cuyamacas with a mix of sun and shade, old road and narrow trail, a variety of wildflowers, and a shady creekside spot to rest, then ...

Watch out for horse pies on Dead Horse Trail

This technically advanced riding trail is also a challenge for hikers.

Merigan Fire Road was the main road for a ranch owned by Dr. Haig Merigan, a pharmacist and dentist. His family lived and rode horses in La Mesa until it became difficult to ride due ...

A lasso-shaped hike with options for distance and terrain

Poison oak awaits the unwary hiker in Descanso

The Descanso Sweetwater River Loop is a lasso-shaped hike that follows the Merigan Fire Road and then turns left onto the Saddleback Trail to start the loop. Make right turns onto the California Riding & ...

Rare oak dots the hike to Eagle Peak

This hike has breathtaking views of the San Diego River Gorge

The Eagle Peak Preserve, located about 4.5 miles north of Eagle Peak, is a conservation area managed by the San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) that has breathtaking views of the San Diego River Gorge. ...

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park mickgieskes.smugmug.com

The Cuyamaca Mountains, this road used ...

Took this shot on my way ...

Haunting tree on trail to 3 ...

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