Places to go in Descanso

Descanso Events

Headwaters Habitat Restoration

Boulder Creek Preserve

Saturday, November 24, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Headwaters Habitat Restoration

Boulder Creek Preserve

Saturday, December 1, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Headwaters Habitat Restoration

Boulder Creek Preserve

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

Headwaters Habitat Restoration

Boulder Creek Preserve

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

Descanso News & Stories

Live in rural East County? Get an air horn.

Mountain lions and their defenders

Janie Agostini, Lakeside resident who lives in Moreno Valley, announced October 5 that 11 of her chickens were killed the previous night, but she wasn’t able to track the animal that did it. Her neighbors ...

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 & ...

Descanso Photos

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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