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 – March

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. 

Friday, April 4, 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 7 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,April 6, 7:15 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike

Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt for an exploration of some of the single track trails on the west side as well as on the east side of Daley Ranch and a hike through the valley.  The total distance is 11.9 miles.  We will be hiking at a brisk pace.  Be prepared for steep uphill and downhill sections.  This hike is not suited for children.  

Sunday, April 6, 9:00 a.m., “Just for Kids”

Got kids?  Then 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 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. 

Friday, April 11, 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 7 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. 

Saturday, April 12, 7:00 a.m., “Ten-Mile Hike

Meet Naturalist Bill Sherrard for a 10-mile hike on the trails of Daley Ranch.  The hike will be moderately paced and will involve climbing about 3 hills.  Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack. 

Sunday, April 13, 7:15 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike

Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt for a hike mainly in the eastern and northern part of Daley Ranch.  The total distance is 12.6 miles.  We will be hiking at a brisk pace.  Be prepared for steep uphill and downhill sections.  This hike is not suited for children.  

Sunday, April 13,  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.  

Friday, April 18, 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 7 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, April 20, 7:15 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike

Put on your Easter bonnet and join Naturalist Rita Ospelt as we follow the perimeter of Daley Ranch.  The total distance is 12.1 miles.  We will be hiking at a brisk pace.  Be prepared for steep uphill and downhill sections.  This hike is not suited for children.  

Sunday, April 20,  8:30 a.m., “Breeding 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 may see Bald Eagles and Ospreys among the resident birds and early summer visitors.  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, April 20, 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 CougarPass (dirt road), turn right, and drive about one mile.  Park in the asphalt lot on left. 

Friday, April 25, 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 7 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, April 27, 7:15 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike

Join Naturalist Rita Ospelt for a reverse exploration of the perimeter of the Ranch with a special challenge of Stanley Peak to boot!  The total distance is 13.5 miles.  We will be hiking at a brisk pace.  Be prepared for steep uphill and downhill sections.  This hike is not suited for children.  

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 CougarPass (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.