Category: San Diego – Coastal & Western County

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El Monte Park Trail

El Monte Park Trail Location: Across from El Monte County Park, east of Lakeside, San Diego County. The address 15760 El Monte Rd. gives you the approximate location of the staging area. From I-8, take the Lake Jennings Park Rd. exit (23) and head northwest for 1.8 miles. Turn right onto El Monte Rd. and…

El Monte Park Trail, San Diego, CA

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Crestridge Ecological Reserve

Crestridge Ecological Reserve Location: This hike starts from the reserve’s main entrance at the end of Horsemill Road near the community of Crest, between El Cajon and Alpine. From San Diego, take Interstate 8 to Greenfield Drive (exit 20). Turn right and head south for 0.5 mile to La Cresta Road. Follow it for 3.1…

Crestridge Ecological Reserve, El Cajon, CA

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Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Location: 16275 Espola Road, Poway. From I-15, take the Rancho Bernardo Rd. exit (24) and head east for a total of 3.4 miles. En route, Rancho Bernardo Rd. becomes Espola Rd. Just after the road makes a sharp right turn, look for the entrance to the preserve on the left. Agency:…

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Poway, CA

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Del Mar Mesa Preserve

Del Mar Mesa Preserve Location: There are several access points to the preserve. This hike starts at the corner of Rancho Toyon Place and Toyon Mesa Court, near Carmel Valley in northern San Diego. From I-5, take exit 32 for Carmel Mountain Road. Head east for 0.5 mile and turn right to stay on Carmel…

Tunnel 4 Trail, Del Mar Mesa Preserve, San Diego, CA

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Gonzalez Canyon

Gonzalez Canyon Location: Near Del Mar and Carmel Valley in San Diego. From the 56 Freeway, take the Carmel Country Road exit (2). Turn right on Carmel Country Road and make a quick right onto Carmel Canyon Road. Go 0.8 mile and turn left on Del Mar Heights Road. Go 0.4 mile and turn right…

Gonzalez Canyon Open Space, San Diego, CA

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Luelf Pond Preserve (Ramona)

Luelf Pond Preserve (Ramona) Location: 3000 Duck Pond Lane, Ramona, CA 92065. From the intersection of Highway 67 and Highway 78 in downtown Ramona, take 10th St. south, which soon becomes San Vicente. In two miles, turn right onto Warnock Drive. In 0.8 mile, turn left onto Ramona St. In 0.4 mile, turn right onto…

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Torrey Pines Extension

Torrey Pines Extension Location: Del Mar, north of the main section of the Torrey Pines State Reserve. From I-5, take the Carmel Valley Road exit (signed as exit 33 also for Highway 56 if you’re coming from the north; signed as exit 33B if you’re coming from the south). Head west on Carmel Valley Road…

Torrey Pines at Torrey Pines Extension, San Diego, CA

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Lake Wohlford (Egret Trail)

Lake Wohlford (Egret Trail) Location: Northeastern Escondido. From the junction of Highway 78 and I-15, exit at Lincoln Parkway and head east for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Gamble St., go 0.4 mile and turn right on E. El Norte Parkway. Follow it 3.2 miles to Valley Parkway. Turn left and go 0.8 mile to…

Lake Wohlford, Escondido, CA

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Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon

Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon Location: Southeast of Poway. From I-15, take the Poway Rd/Rancho Penasquitos Blvd. exit (18) and head east for 5 miles. Turn right onto Garden Road, go one mile and turn right onto Sycamore Canyon Road. Follow Sycamore Canyon Road 2.3 miles to its ending at the park entrance. Alternately, from points north,…

Sycamore Canyon Preserve, Poway, CA

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Dixon Lake

Dixon Lake Location: 1700 N. La Honda Drive, Escondido, next to Daley Ranch.  From I-15, take the El Norte exit and head east for 3.1 miles.  Turn left on La Honda and drive a mile to the Daley Ranch parking lot. Turn right into Dixon Lake entrance station. After paying the $5 per vehicle parking…

Dixon Lake, Escondido, CA

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Sloan Canyon (Alpine)

Sloan Canyon (Alpine) Location: South of Alpine, about 25 miles east of downtown San Diego. From Interstate 8, take exit 30 for Tavern Road in Alpine. Head south on Tavern Road for 2.8 miles, where it merges with Japatul Road. Go an additional 0.3 miles and turn right on Sequan Truck Trail. Follow it for…

Sloan Canyon, San Diego County, CA

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