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. 

Sunday, February 8,  7:00 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike”
On this hike with Naturalist Rita Ospelt, we will explore Boulder Loop, Cougar Ridge, Engelmann Oak, Bobcat, Hidden Spring, and Jack Creek Meadow Loop.  The total distance will be 13.4 and we will be hiking at a brisk pace. There are steep uphill and downhill sections. Not suited for children.

Sunday, February 8, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., “Open Ranch House”
Escondido Rangers are offering monthly tours of the Daley Ranch House. The tours are held the second Sunday of each month. Rangers lead the tours/presentations, with volunteers from the Friends of Daley Ranch assisting.

Saturday, February 14, 7:00 a.m., “Valentine’s Day Hike”
What better place to tell your significant other “I Love You” than on the trails of Daley Ranch.  Meet Naturalist William Sherrard for just such an occasion.  You will be furnished with a map of the trails with pre-selected hikes—it can be 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, or 14 miles in length.  Your choice!  The normally planned hike is between eight and ten miles in length and lasts about four hours.  We will have a moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch.

Monday, February 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, February 21, 7:00 a.m., “Discover Daley Ranch”
Meet Naturalist William 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 about four hours.

Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m., “Wintering and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford”
MEET AT THE LAKE WOHLFORD/OAKVALE TRAILHEAD AT 8:30 A.M.
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 over the lake. The Common Mergansers as well as a number of other duck species should be back from their northern breeding grounds. Bring binoculars, hat, water, and wear layered clothing. Heavy rain cancels.
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, February 22, 7:00 a.m., “Early Morning Fitness Hike”
Explore some of the best trails on this hike with Naturalist Rita Ospelt where we will cover Sage Trail, including a trip to Stanley Peak. We will hike through the valley on Jack Creek Meadow to Hidden Spring, loop around to Engelmann Oak, then head on to Cougar Ridge and back to the Ranch House trail.  The total distance will be 13.5 and we will be hiking at a brisk pace. There are steep uphill and downhill sections. Not suited for children.

Saturday, February 28,  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.