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 – February

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, February 6, 2:00 p.m., Volunteer Program featuring Rick Halsey of the California Chaparral Institute
Rick Halsey, educator and founder of the California Chaparral Institute, will be presenting a 90-minute program at the Ranch House, followed by a 90-minute hike.  This event is intended for volunteers, staff, and potential volunteers.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Escondido Lakes and Open Space, come to this event or call Ranger Kathy at 760-839-4241.  We have a variety of opportunities to suit a variety of preferences. 

Saturday, February 13, 7:00 a.m., “Discover Daley Ranch—5 to 7 miles”
Meet Naturalist William Sherrard for a slow to moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch.  The planned hike is between five and seven miles in length and will last about 2.5 to 3 hours.  He will be happy to map out a hike for those wishing to go longer distances.  Choices are hikes of 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, or 18 miles in length. 

Saturday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., “Just for Kids”
Got kids?  This hike is perfect for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and their kids.  Join Naturalist DJ Summers on this kid-friendly hike as we explore the area.  We will walk along an easy trail with several stops/rests along the way.  Afterward, 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. 

Sunday, February 14,  9:00 a.m., “Daley Ranch Scenery”
A wonderful way to show your love is to see the diverse plant population and expansive views that 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. 

Saturday, February 20, 7:00 a.m., “Discover Daley Ranch—5 to 7 miles”
Meet Naturalist William Sherrard for a slow to moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch.  The planned hike is between five and seven miles in length and will last about 2.5 to 3 hours.  He will be happy to map out a hike for those wishing to go longer distances.  Choices are hikes of 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, or 18 miles in length. 

Sunday, February 21, 7:15 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike
Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt on a grand tour of Daley Ranch.  The hike will follow the perimeter of the Ranch on the Boulder Loop, Cougar Ridge, Engelmann Oak, Hidden Spring, Jack Creek Meadow Loop, and the Sage Trails.  The total distance will be 12.5 miles and will be at a brisk pace.  Expect steep uphill/downhill sections and this hike is not suited for children. 

Sunday, February 21, 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. 

Saturday, February 27, 7:00 a.m., “Discover Daley Ranch—5 to 7 miles”
Meet Naturalist William Sherrard for a slow to moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch.  The planned hike is between five and seven miles in length and will last about 2.5 to 3 hours.  He will be happy to map out a hike for those wishing to go longer distances.  Choices are hikes of 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, or 18 miles in length.

Sunday, February 28, 7:15 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike
Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt on a reverse grand tour of Daley Ranch.  The hike will follow the perimeter of the Ranch on the same trails as the February 21 hike but going the opposite direction.  The trail to Stanley Peak will be thrown in for an extra challenge.  The total distance will be 13.9 miles and will be at a brisk pace.  Expect steep uphill/downhill sections and this hike is not suited for children.

Want to be a volunteer?  If you are interested in volunteering as a Trail Patrol, Hike Leader, Trail Maintenance or Litter-Abatement Team Member, please stop by the Dixon Lake Ranger Station for information and an application—or call Ranger Kathy at (760) 839-4345.

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.