San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers

San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers The Canyoneers lead free public guided nature hikes.The hikes are listed on http://www.sdnhm.org/canyoneers
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Operating as usual

10/01/2020
Mulefat, Making Arrows

Here is a video of Canyoneers Jim Varnell and Sally Davis talking about mulefat and the making of arrows by the Kumeyaay. This was recorded at Mast Park in Santee. Mast Park is one of the 10 Canyoneer recommended hikes for Sept-Oct 2020.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yltw6YhK3Ng&list=PLJfIdmXnHptiLRwBXjgw1a5QdkxP9-6K1&index=11&t=11s

Natural History of Mast Park plants as told by San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers Jim Varnell and Sally Davis during a hike through the park on Sept...

San Diego Natural History Museum Botany Department
09/18/2020

San Diego Natural History Museum Botany Department

09/08/2020

One of the trails we recommended, the Kumeyaay Lake trail in Mission Trails Regional park is still closed as of September 7, 2020. This is a shady, little trail around the lake. Check at mtrp.org for the current status of the trail before making plans to hike it.

The Canyoneers are on hiatus for the Fall season due to COVID but we just posted ten recommended hikes for the Fall that...
09/06/2020
Canyoneer Hikes

The Canyoneers are on hiatus for the Fall season due to COVID but we just posted ten recommended hikes for the Fall that you can do on your own. Make sure you always check ahead to see if the trail is open and follow the public health guidelines for safety on the trail. We have included links in the hike descriptions so you can check the respective websites. Hike responsibly keeping COVID in mind.
https://www.sdnhm.org/education/canyoneer-hikes/

Canyoneers are trained naturalists who offer free, guided nature hikes throughout the County.

Thanks for a great season! As you probably know, we made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the hikes (th...
04/20/2020

Thanks for a great season! As you probably know, we made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the hikes (through June) but are already planning the 2020-2021 season. Big thanks to all our volunteer Canyoneers and all hike participants who have hit the trails with us since late last summer. We also recognize the generosity of our corporate partner Subaru of America, Inc. whose commitment to outdoor education provided support for this program and underwrote free nature hikes for local classrooms. See you next season!

04/02/2020

It's with much sadness that we cancelled all remaining Canyoneer hikes for the season. Be safe. We'll be back next fall circumstance permitting.

03/16/2020
The Nat | San Diego Natural History Museum

We have made the difficult decision to close The Nat to the public at least through March 27. This also entails canceling our Canyoneer-led hikes through April 30.
We realize closures like these can feel ominous, but we see it as an act of solidarity—a collective effort to protect our most vulnerable populations. Our museum doors may be closed, but our work will not stop. Head to sdnat.org/visit for more information.

03/15/2020

The March 17 hike at Iron Mountain has been cancelled due to expected rain.

HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO EXPECTED RAINIron Mountain (Ellie Lane Loop Trail) MidweekTuesday, March 17, 2020 8:00 AMT...
03/13/2020
Iron Mountain - Ellie Loop Trail 3-5-2020

HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO EXPECTED RAIN

Iron Mountain (Ellie Lane Loop Trail) Midweek
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:00 AM

This alternative approach to hiking Iron Mountain has many of the same challenges and scenery but starts from a less-crowded parking area. There are hillsides of granitic boulders and views of Ramona from a saddle 200 feet lower than Iron Mountain peak. This is a difficult 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of greater than 1500 feet. Scheduled to end by 12:30 PM.

(Poway) Take I-8 take CA-67 and drive 13.5 miles north. Turn right at Ellie Ln. (0.5 mile north of the Poway Rd. traffic light) and meet the Canyoneer host in the parking area. Do not turn in at the Poway Rd. intersection entrance to the main Iron Mountain trailhead parking area. No facilities. (GPS N32.987684, W116.976938)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

About Nature Hikes:
Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to teach appreciation of plants and animals in southern California. Walks are open to the public; no reservations are required. For more information visit the Canyoneer hikes page.
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Canyoneer prehike

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Cool Canyon) Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:00 AMCool Canyon is a sun-shaded canyon of Granit...
03/11/2020

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
(Cool Canyon)
Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:00 AM

Cool Canyon is a sun-shaded canyon of Granite Mountain, where the steep granitic walls provide shade from the afternoon sun, and at 2400 feet elevation, the canyon stays relatively cool. Julian schist, pegmatite dikes, and mineralized rock make this canyon interesting in addition to the variety of plant life found here. This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Scheduled to end by 1:00 PM.

(Shelter Valley) Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on CA-78 E (Main St.) and go 11.6 miles. Turn south on S-2 (Great Southern Overland Stage Route) and go 4 miles. Continue 0.4 mile past the Stagecoach Trails RV Resort and park off the road on the right. Consolidate into 4WD or high-clearance vehicles and caravan to the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS N33.055684, W116.420558)

About Nature Hikes:
Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to teach appreciation of plants and animals in southern California. Walks are open to the public; no reservations are required. For more information visit the Canyoneer hikes page. Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Moonlight Canyon & Inner Pasture) Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:00 AMHike through Moonlight...
03/11/2020

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Moonlight Canyon & Inner Pasture)
Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:00 AM

Hike through Moonlight Canyon from the Agua Caliente Hot Springs to the isolated Inner Pasture. The Kumeyaay once lived in this area between the Sawtooth Mountains and the Tierra Blanca Mountains of Anza-Borrego. This is a difficult 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet and some strenuous challenges. Scheduled to end by 2:00 PM.

(Ocotillo) From I-8, exit north on S-2 (Imperial Hwy), and go 26 miles to the turnoff on the left for Agua Caliente Hot Springs. Park on the side access road across from the store before the entrance to Agua Caliente County Park. Facilities. (GPS N32.955250, W116.302202)

About Nature Hikes:
Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to teach appreciation of plants and animals in southern California. Walks are open to the public; no reservations are required. For more information visit the Canyoneer hikes page. Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

03/08/2020

TODAY'S, MARCH 8, DICTIONARY HILL HIKE IS CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE EFFECT OF THE RAIN ON TRAIL CONDITIONS.

Here is a link to some pre-hike photos for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (WEST BUTTE BORREGO MT) hike scheduled for...
03/05/2020
Borrego Mountain and Slot Canyon 2-27-2020

Here is a link to some pre-hike photos for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (WEST BUTTE BORREGO MT) hike scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020 9 AM–1 PM. Photos by Ron King.
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A 5.5 mile/743 ft ascent hike including two parts: one down Borrego wash through a slot canyon and the other up to the West Butte of Borrego Mountain (see map = last picture)

Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkSaturday, March 7, 2020 9 AM–1 PM(WEST BUTTE BORREGO MT) The trail is a very steep downhil...
03/04/2020

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Saturday, March 7, 2020 9 AM–1 PM
(WEST BUTTE BORREGO MT)

The trail is a very steep downhill, then a slight uphill through a slot canyon to an area that, when in season, has spectacular wildflower displays. Explore the main slot plus side canyons. Rating: This is a difficult 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.

Take CA-78/79 to Julian and turn right on CA-78 E (Main St.) and go 28.5 miles. Turn left on Borrego Mountain Wash and park. Consolidate into 4WD or high-clearance vehicles and caravan to the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS: N33.158966, W116.218826)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

HIKE CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE EFFECT OF THE RAIN ON TRAIL CONDITIONSDictionary Hill Open Space Preserve New!Sunday, March...
03/04/2020

HIKE CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE EFFECT OF THE RAIN ON TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dictionary Hill Open Space Preserve New!
Sunday, March 8, 2020 3–7 PM
(GREMLIN WAY TRAILHEAD)

One of the newest additions to the County’s open space parks, this area supports a wealth of native plants, birds, and wildflowers. The trail leads to the top of the mountain, where hikers are greeted by a 360-degree panoramic view of southeast San Diego. Come learn the fascinating story of why this was originally known as Lookout Mountain. Rating: This is an intermediate 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.

From CA-94, exit south on Sweetwater Springs Blvd. and go 1.3 miles. Turn right on Jamacha Blvd. and go 0.8 mile. Turn right on Whitestone Rd. and go 0.5 mile. Turn left on Greenleaf Rd. and go 0.1 mile. Turn right on Jacoby Rd. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Gremlin Way and go to the end of the street to meet your Canyoneer host. No facilities. (GPS: N32.72025, W116.98000)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

Some photos of the Domelands hike, Feb 29, 2020, by Canyoneer Merrilyn Pope
03/03/2020

Some photos of the Domelands hike, Feb 29, 2020, by Canyoneer Merrilyn Pope

02/29/2020

The Santa Margarita River March 1 hike has been cancelled due to trail conditions.

CANCELED DUE TO TRAIL CONDITIONSSanta Margarita RiverRiver TrailSunday, March 1, 2020 9 AM–NOONThe Santa Margarita River...
02/26/2020

CANCELED DUE TO TRAIL CONDITIONS

Santa Margarita River
River Trail
Sunday, March 1, 2020 9 AM–NOON

The Santa Margarita River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in San Diego County. The river peacefully flows under a canopy of tall trees, between banks lined with dense riparian growth. This is a cool, refreshing place for a hike any time of the year. Wildlife, including deer and other large mammals, depend on this river corridor. The area is also noted for raptors that may be seen overhead or perched in trees. Rating: This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet and some moderate challenges.

From I-15, go west on Mission Rd. and continue on East Mission Rd. for 4.9 miles. Turn right on North Pico Ave., which becomes De Luz Rd. Go 1.2 miles. Turn right on Sandia Creek Dr. Go 1.1 miles. Parking lot is on right. No facilities. (GPS: N33.413515, W117.241602)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

BLM - Southern Anza-BorregoDomelandsSaturday, February 29, 2020 9 AM–3 PM Along the trail, discover an amazing variety o...
02/26/2020

BLM - Southern Anza-Borrego
Domelands
Saturday, February 29, 2020 9 AM–3 PM

Along the trail, discover an amazing variety of marine fossils attesting to the ocean waters that once covered this area. Stop at the other-worldly Domelands wind cave for a lunch break before beginning the return. Rating: This is a difficult 6 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.

From I-8, turn north on S-2 (Imperial Hwy), and drive 7.1 miles to the turnoff on the right for Domelands (signed). Consolidate into 4WD or high-clearance vehicles and caravan 2 miles to the trailhead. No facilities. (GPS: N32.779171, W116.089914)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes

02/22/2020

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO PREDICTED RAIN AND UNSAFE TRAIL CONDITIONS

Cleveland National Forest New!
Saturday, February 22, 2020 9 AM–NOON
(UPPER ESPINOSA TRAIL)

San Dieguito River ParkSunday, February 23, 2020 8 AM–NOON(COAST TO CREST TRAIL—DEL MAR) Hike the westernmost section of...
02/19/2020

San Dieguito River Park
Sunday, February 23, 2020 8 AM–NOON
(COAST TO CREST TRAIL—DEL MAR)

Hike the westernmost section of the Coast to Crest Trail that will one day extend 55 miles from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain just north of Julian. Rating: This is an easy 5 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Binoculars are recommended to better see birds on the mud flats.

From I-5, exit east on Via De La Valle and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on San Andres Dr. and go 0.2 mile. Park at the end of the street. Facilities along the trail. (GPS: N32.978476, W117.247493)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

02/19/2020
UPPER ESPINOSA TRAIL

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO PREDICTED RAIN AND UNSAFE TRAIL CONDITIONS
Cleveland National Forest New!
Saturday, February 22, 2020 9 AM–NOON
(UPPER ESPINOSA TRAIL)

This trail rises above Horsethief Canyon and wanders among large granitic boulders. Many of our native chaparral plants, as well as their associated wildlife, are found along the trail. Rating: This is an intermediate 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1000 feet.

From I-8 E, exit south on Japatul Valley Rd. and go 5.5 miles. Turn left on Lyons Valley Rd. and go 1.5 miles. Turn into the parking lot on the
left at mile marker 16.4. No facilities. (GPS: N32.747146, W116.669205)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

Some photos from today's hike in South Rueda Canyon by Canyoneer Alan King
02/16/2020

Some photos from today's hike in South Rueda Canyon by Canyoneer Alan King

Some Glorietta Wash prehike photos by Ron King can be seen at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97697339@N05/albums/7215771...
02/15/2020
Glorietta Wash Hike 2-12-2020

Some Glorietta Wash prehike photos by Ron King can be seen at: [email protected]/albums/72157713110749558" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157713110749558

A 4.7 mile/1090 ft ascent out-and-back hike in Anza Borrego State Park just south of Borrego Springs (see map-last picture)

Here are some photos from a Glorietta Wash prehike. The public hike is Saturday, February 15. There were many different ...
02/15/2020

Here are some photos from a Glorietta Wash prehike. The public hike is Saturday, February 15. There were many different species in bloom. Some species only had isolated members in bloom. There were lots of blooming Chuparosa, Bigelow's Monkeyflower, Distant Phacelia, Common Phacelia, Whispering Bells

South Rueda CanyonSunday, February 16, 2020 9 AM–NOON(TRAIL LOOP) Learn about our native chaparral plants and the histor...
02/12/2020

South Rueda Canyon
Sunday, February 16, 2020 9 AM–NOON
(TRAIL LOOP)

Learn about our native chaparral plants and the history of the area. Some wildlife may be encountered in this canyon. Rating: This is an intermediate 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 500 feet.

From I-15, exit east on Tierrasanta Blvd. Go 1.3 miles. Turn right on La Cuenta Dr. Go 0.2 mile. Park on the street next to Roadrunner Park. No facilities. (GPS: N32.818042, W117.099776)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park New!Saturday, February 15, 2020 10 AM–2 PM(GLORIETTA WASH) This hike offers an escape fro...
02/12/2020

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park New!
Saturday, February 15, 2020 10 AM–2 PM
(GLORIETTA WASH)

This hike offers an escape from some of the more frequently visited areas around Borrego Springs. Wildflowers can be
found in abundance if the rains have been kind. Some boulder scrambling is required on this hike. Rating: This is a difficult 4 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of greater than 1500 feet and some strenuous challenges.

Take CA-67 or CA-78 east to Ramona, continue east on CA-78 for 14.4 miles to Santa Ysabel (Dudley’s world-famous bakery). Turn left on CA-79 towards Warner Springs and go 11.4 miles. Turn right on San Felipe Rd. (S-2) and go 4.7 miles. Turn left on Montezuma Valley Rd. (S-22) and go 17.4 miles. Turn right on Palm Canyon Dr. (S-22) and go 1.4 miles. Park at Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs to meet the Canyoneer host. Consolidate into 4WD or high-clearance vehicles and caravan to the trailhead. Facilities. (GPS: N33.256111, W116.375040)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

Here are some photos from Saturday's hike in Canyon sin Nombre in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park
02/09/2020

Here are some photos from Saturday's hike in Canyon sin Nombre in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park

02/09/2020

Here is a video from Saturday's hike in Canyon sin Nombre in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. It shows a narrow spot in the slot canyon we hiked.

Balboa Park MidweekTuesday, February 11, 2020 9–11 AM(FLORIDA CANYON) Explore this Balboa Park canyon preserved by Helen...
02/09/2020

Balboa Park Midweek
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9–11 AM
(FLORIDA CANYON)

Explore this Balboa Park canyon preserved by Helen Witham Chamlee, and see where the Canyoneers began. Together with citizen scientists from the San Diego Natural History Museum, Chamlee founded the Canyoneers in 1973 as the "Florida Canyoneers." Rating: This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet.

From CA-163, exit east on Washington St. and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Lincoln Ave. and go 0.2 mile. Turn right on Park Blvd. and go 0.7 mile. Turn left on Morley Field Dr. and go 0.2 mile. Cross Florida Dr. and continue uphill for 0.1 mile. Turn right and then take another immediate right. Park in the California Native Plant Garden lot. Check Balboa Park-December Nights for parking information. Facilities at tennis courts. (GPS: N32.739718, W117.142435)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

Cleveland National Forest New!Sunday, February 9, 2020 8 AM–2 PM(CIBBETS FLAT TO KITCHEN CREEK FALLS) This hike will cov...
02/05/2020

Cleveland National Forest New!
Sunday, February 9, 2020 8 AM–2 PM
(CIBBETS FLAT TO KITCHEN CREEK FALLS)

This hike will cover a section of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Cibbets Flat campground, down past Kitchen Creek Falls and ending back on Old Hwy. 80. Along the way encounter many species of native plants and wildlife, as well as some magnificent views of eastern San Diego County. Rating: This is an intermediate 7 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 1500 feet.

Take I-8 to Buckman Springs Rd. Turn right at the first stop sign (Buckman Springs Rd.) and left at the second stop sign (Old Hwy. 80). Proceed for 2 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail parking area on the right (just before the Forest Service campground). From here some cars will transport the group up to Cibbets Flat campground for the hike back down. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. Please refer to Parking Fee Information at front of brochure. Facilities. (GPS: N32.732506, W116.483277)

Please, no dogs on Canyoneer hikes.

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