Daley Ranch — Cougar Pass trailhead
The City of Escondido owns and manages the more than 3,000 acres of the Daley Ranch preserve that provides over 25 miles of hiking and dirt-biking roads and trails. Most visitors enter the ranch via La Honda Drive, off El Norte Parkway. The Engelmann Oak Trail is in a more secluded part of the ranch that can be reached via Cougar Pass Road. It offers a degree of solitude not found on the trails near the La Honda entrance. Also, Engelmann oaks are a somewhat rare live oak tree, usually with upright trunks and flat, gray-green leaves.