All hikes begin at the Daley Ranch entrance on La Honda Drive unless otherwise noted. Hike location directions given below. Bring water, sun hat, sunscreen, and proper hiking boots or treaded footwear. All trails include steep and/or slippery sections. Please do not leave valuables in your car. Steady rain cancels the hike.

PLEASE NOTE: Drinking water is no longer available at Daley Ranch, so be sure to carry a sufficient supply.

Don Parnell's 50-Mile Progressive Hike
Don Parnell's 50-Mile Progressive Hike
Day 1
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hike Schedule – November

All hikes begin at the Daley Ranch entrance on La Honda Drive unless otherwise noted.  Bring water, sun hat, sunscreen, and proper hiking boots or treaded footwear.  All trails include steep and/or slippery sections.  Please do not leave valuables in your car.  Steady rain cancels a hike.  The hike schedule is also available at www.escondido.org and www.visitescondido.comPlease note that drinking water is not available on Daley Ranch so be sure to carry a sufficient supply. 

Saturday, November 8, 7:00 a.m., “Discover Daley Ranch”
Meet Naturalist Bill Sherrard for a moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch.  The planned hike is between 8 and 10 miles in length and will last for approximately 3 hours.  We recommend you bring a minimum of two liters of water and wear layered clothing as it will be cool in the mornings and warmer as the hike continues. 

Sunday, November 9, 6:45 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike”
Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt for an early morning workout.  This hike involves three loops:  Boulder Loop, Jack Creek Meadow, and Sage Loop trails.  The total distance is about 10 miles and we will be walking at a brisk page.  There are some steep up-hills and down-hills so this hike is not suited for children. 

Saturday, November 15, 7:00 a.m., “Discover Daley Ranch”
Meet Naturalist Bill Sherrard for a moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch.  The planned hike is between 8 and 10 miles in length and will last for approximately 3 hours.  We recommend you bring a minimum of two liters of water and wear layered clothing as it will be cool in the mornings and warmer as the hike continues. 

Sunday, November 16, 6:45 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike”
Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt for an early morning workout.  This hike involves three loops:  Boulder Loop, Jack Creek Meadow, and Sage Loop trails.  The total distance is about 10 miles and we will be walking at a brisk page.  There are some steep up-hills and down-hills so this hike is not suited for children.

Sunday, November 16, 8:30 a.m., “Wintering and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford”
Naturalist Sally Sanderson will lead an easy-paced bird walk of about 3 miles, lasting two to three hours at Lake Wohlford.  We will follow the southern and eastern shoreline from the parking lot on Oakvale Road.  We hope to see a Bald Eagle perching on its favorite tree or hunting in the lake for fish and Common Mergansers should be back from their northern summer haunts.  Bring binoculars, hat, water, and wear layered clothing.  Heavy rain cancels.    MEET AT THE LAKE WOHLFORD/OAKVALE TRAILHEAD AT 8:30 A.M. 

Lake Wohlford Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the Valley Parkway exit in Escondido and go northeast about 5.5 miles.  Turn right on Lake Wohlford Road and go 1.9 miles to Oakvale Road.  Turn slightly right onto Oakvale and go about one mile and turn left into the fenced parking lot

Sunday, November 16, 9:00 a.m., “Daley Ranch Scenery
A diverse plant population and expansive views are waiting to be enjoyed on Naturalist Rick Paul’s occasionally strenuous 4-mile hike, leaving from Cougar Pass.  Be sure to ask Rick about the Daley Ranch keepsake!  MEET AT THE COUGAR PASS PARKING LOT.  Cougar Pass Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Parkway exit in Escondido east about a half mile to Broadway.  Take Broadway north four miles to Cougar Pass (dirt road), turn right, and drive about one mile.  Park in the asphalt lot on left. 

Sunday, November 16, 10:00 a.m., “Just For Kids”
Got Kids?  This hike is perfect for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and their kids (Homeschooling Families are welcome!).  Join Naturalist DJ Summers on this kid-friendly hike as we explore the area.  We will hike along an easy trail with several stops/rests along the way.  After the hike, we will make a nature craft in a beautiful picnic area.  Treats will be rewarded to good listeners!  Sorry, no dogs are allowed on this hike as we use mostly Dixon Lake trails and picnic areas. 

Saturday, November 22, 7:00 a.m., “Discover Daley Ranch”
Meet Naturalist Bill Sherrard for a moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch.  The planned hike is between 8 and 10 miles in length and will last for approximately 3 hours.  We recommend you bring a minimum of two liters of water and wear layered clothing as it will be cool in the mornings and warmer as the hike continues. 

Sunday, November 23, 8:00 a.m., “East Side Overview”
Naturalist Donna Tierney will lead a new hike on the east side of the ranch to take in all the overviews.  The highlights will be spectacular views of Dixon Lake, Stanley Peak, Mallard and Middle ponds, and the ranch house.  You will learn about the diverse geography and see many of the native plants on this 4-mile-loop hike that will last approximately 2 ½ hours. 

Saturday, November 29, 7:00 a.m., “Discover Daley Ranch”
Meet Naturalist Bill Sherrard for a moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch.  The planned hike is between 8 and 10 miles in length and will last for approximately 4 hours.  We recommend you bring a minimum of two liters of water and wear layered clothing as it will be cool in the mornings and warmer as the hike continues.

Sunday, October 26,  8:00 a.m., “Trail Maintenance/Clean-Up”
Join the Daley Ranch Ranger for trail maintenance.  This is a great way to get your daily exercise and help out the Ranch.  Meet at the Daley Ranch parking lot on La Honda Drive.  Be sure to wear a long-sleeved shirt and closed-toe shoes; gloves, hat, and sun screen are strongly recommended.  You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.   

Directions to Hike Locations

La Honda Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Parkway exit in Escondido.  Go east four miles to La Honda Drive, turn left, drive one mile to Daley Ranch entrance and park in dirt lot on left.

Cougar Pass Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Parkway exit in Escondido east about a half mile to Broadway.  Take Broadway north four miles to Cougar Pass (dirt road), turn right, and drive one mile.  Park in the asphalt lot on left. 

Caballo Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the Valley Parkway exit in Escondido and go northeast about 5 miles. Turn left at Bevin into the Eureka Springs development. Follow the road toward the filtration plant entrance and turn right at the Escondido Humane Society sign (Volunteer Lane).
Park in the dirt parking lot. 

Lake Wohlford Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the Valley Parkway exit in Escondido and go northeast about 5.5 miles.  Turn right on Lake Wohlford Road and go 1.9 miles to Oakvale Road.  Turn slightly right onto Oakvale and go about one mile.  Turn left into the fenced parking lot.