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. The hike schedule is also available at www.escondido.org and www.visitescondido.com. Steady rain cancels the hike unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: Drinking water is not available in many areas of 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

 

Saturday, May 11, 2018, 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 5 and 7 miles in length and will last about 2.5 to 3.0 hours. Bring plenty of water as there isn’t any water source on the trails. There are plenty of spots to turn back to the parking lot if you wish to shorten the hike.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. Visiting and Resident Birds of Lake Wohlford
MEET AT THE LAKE WOHLFORD/OAKVALE TRAILHEAD AT 8:00 a.m.
Join Naturalist Sally Sanderson as she leads an easy-paced bird walk of about 3 miles, lasting two to three hours at Lake Wohlford. Participants will follow the southern and eastern shoreline from the parking lot on Oakvale Road. Bald Eagles and Ospreys might be seen, among the resident birds and early summer visitors. Bring binoculars, hat, water and wear layered clothing. To get to Lake Wohlford from Escondido, travel east on Valley Parkway. At Washington Avenue, Valley Parkway becomes Valley Center Road. Continue another 0.8 mile to Lake Wohlford Road and turn right. Drive 1.9 miles uphill to Oakvale Drive, again on the right. Drive 0.7 mile on Oakvale to a gated dirt road on the left, which leads to a parking area for public access to the south shore of Lake Wohlford. Heavy rain cancels.

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Approximately 1 mile from the La Honda entrance is the Historic Daley Ranch House. The Ranch House is open to the public on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, at which time Ranger Staff and Docents provide information and insights into the history of the ranch. Please note that steady rain cancels.

Saturday, April 28, 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.  Bring plenty of water as there isn’t any water source on the trails.  There are plenty of spots to turn back to the parking lot if you wish to shorten the hike.

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Dixon Lake Clean Up
It can take just a moment for a bird to get tangled up in fishing line or for a coyote to ingest a candy wrapper. You are invited to come out and pick it up before they do. Bags, trash pickers, vests, and water will be provided. Long sleeves, pants, closed-toe shoes and sun protection recommended. Minors must bring a guardian. Rain cancels. For more information, please contact Ranger Kathy: kboyd@escondido.org.

 

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).

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 about a mile to Oakvale Road. Turn slightly right onto Oakvale and go about one mile. Turn left into the fenced parking lot.