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    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • San Pasqual, CA

    Day Hike - Woodson Mountain: East Approach

    Distance 5.5 miles (loop)

    Hiking Time 3 hours

    Elevation Gain/Loss 1,500'/1,500'

    Difficulty Moderate

    Trail Use Dogs allowed

    Directions: The starting point is a California Division of Forestry fire station at the eastern base of Woodson Mountain, on CA 67, 3 miles north of Poway Road, and 6 miles southwest of the CA 67/CA 78 intersection in Ramona.  Park on the wide eastside shoulder or on the narrower westside shoulder of CA 67.  Do not park on the fire station property.

    American Indians called it Mountain of Moonlit Rocks, an appropriate name for a landmark visible, even at night, over great distances.  Early white settlers dubbed it Cobbleback Peak, a name descriptive of its rugged, boulder-strewn slopes.  For more than 100 years, however, it has appeared on maps simply as Woodson Mountain, in honor of Dr. Woodson who homesteaded some property nearby well over a century ago.  

    The light-colored granitic bedrock of Woodson Mountain and several of its neighboring peaks in the Poway/Ramona Mountain granodiorite.  When exposed at the surface, it weathers into huge, spherical or ellipsoidal boulders with smooth surfaces.  The largest boulders have a tendency to cleave apart along remarkably flat planes, forming chimneys from several inches to several feet wide.  Sometimes, on has of a split boulder will roll away, leaving a vertical and almost seamless face behind.   It's no wonder that Woodson Mountain (or Mount Woodson, as it is popularly called) is regarded as one of the finest places to practice the sport of bouldering in Southern California.

    From the fire station entrance, follow a well-beaten path south, parallel to the highway.  Soon you will hook up with a paved service road (Mount Woodson Road, closed to vehicular travel) that curls up the mountain's east slope.  The road is at times very steep and slightly less than pleasant to walk on , but it offers good traction underfoot.

    On most weekends, the sounds of nature along the road will be accompanied by the clink of aluminum hardware, plus shouts of "on belay!"  and other phrases in climbers' parlance.  Even if you don't see climbers, chalk marks (from gymnasts' child) on the larger boulders mark their favorite routes.  near the top of the mountain, the road passes narrowly between immense, egg-shaped boulders and split-boulder faces 20-30 feet high.

    When you reach the top of the mountain, at 1.7 miles, you'll be amid a forest of radio antennas and a small woodland of planted pines rising from the outsized boulders.  Walk west, not he first now, along the narrow summit ridge to reach a vantage point overlooking Poway, north San Diego County's coastal regions and the great blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean.  Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands are visible on the clearest days.  Nearby, you'll spot an amazing cantilevered "potato chip" flake of rock, the results of exfoliation and weathering.  If you're weary, or if you have smaller children along who have had enough, this is a good spot to turn back and return the way you came.

    Otherwise, on ahead you quickly pick ups newly graded trail that tilts downward, steeply at times, along Woodson's boulder-punctuated west ridge. After about 0.5 miles, there's a fork.  Ignore the left branch, which is the older version of the Mount Woodson Trail leading to Lake Poway.  Continue west, down the ridge.  Ahead a short distance you'll come to the old Fry-Koegel Trial on the right.  Ignore it if you want to travel not he newer and improved Fry-Koegel Trail another 250 years ahead, again on the right.

    The scenic descent on the Fry-Koegel Trail takes you obliquely down the north slope of Woodson Mountain through wildly tangled, mature chaparral.  Near the bottom, the trail meanders through spooky clusters of coast live oaks.  Watch out for copious growths of poison oak through here.

    Back in the open air again, the trail skirts the Mount Woodson Estates subdivision and then hears for Archie Moore Road at CA 67.  A few minutes' walk along the highway shoulder from there takes you back to your car.

    • 25 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1717 Quivira Rd., San Diego, CA 92109 +16198390128

    San Diego Whale Watch sets sail along the scenic Pacific coastline in search of the area's most beautiful and splash-happy underwater residents. An experienced marine naturalist lends their knowledge and keen eyes to each three-hour tour, pointing out whales and dolphins as they surface alongside the hull of veteran Coast Guard-certified vessel the Privateer. The spacious and clean New England-style boat seats 149 passengers and floats low in the water to allow its passengers up-close views of the amazing marine wildlife from indoor and outdoor decks and seating areas.

    For a limited time, a Groupon is available for the San Diego Whale Watch (click here). 

    Cost: $29.00 pp

    We'll be meeting at 9:00 AM, to gather our group before going aboard for our 10 AM departure.  

    Each person will be responsible to make their own reservation, and pay the tour company directly.  Space is limited to a first come first served basis, so book early.

    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Escondido (Valley Center), CA

    Day Hike: Hellhole Canyon County Preserve

    Distance  5.0 miles (out-and-back)

    Hiking Time  3 hours

    Elevation Gain/Loss  700'/700'

    Difficulty  Moderate

    Trail Use  Dogs allowed

    Directions: Exit I-15 at Valley Parkway.  Go east through downtown Escondido.  At 4.8 miles east of I-15, Valley Parkway becomes Valley Center Road (at the Washington Avenue intersection).  Continue another 0.8 mile to Lake Wohlford Road and turn Drive, where you bear left (north).  The preserve's staging area and trailhead is 0.5 mile ahead.

    Hellhole Canyon County Preserve, east of Valley Center, features a wide-ranging system of trails throughout most of its 1,712 acres.  The county acquired this and other parcels of surplus Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property in North County when the BLM sought to dispose of them in the 1980s.  Much of the preserve burned during the 2007 Poomacha Fire, but the vegetation has made a robust comeback.

    From the trailhead, follow the trail leading down along a scruffy ridgeline to the north.  The boulder-studded west rampart of 3,886-foot Rodriquez Mountain lies to the east; on humid days, the mountain sometimes creates its own cloud cap.

    You then round a switchback and descent more quickly.  At 0.8 mile, you arrive at a secluded spot along Hell Creek that can only be described as enchanting.  During winter and early spring, water happily spills over smooth boulders under a canopy of spreading live oaks and twisted sycamores.  Downstream from here, more than a century ago, travelers sometimes had a hell of a time getting their wagons across the rain-swollen creek while traveling the Escondido-toPalomar road-hence the stream's colorful name.  Curiously, there's no connection nearby upland area called Paradise Mountain.  The latter was apparently christened by a couple of hot and thirsty prospectors after they discovered a cold spring there.  

    Just ahead, the trail joins the old, rocklined bed of the original Escondido Canal, which was built to transport water from the San Luis Rey River into upper Escondido Creek.  On this agreeable stretch, you pass through one of the most charming oak glens in the whole county.  Succulent live-forevers cling to the crumbling canal walls. For another 0.5 mile, the trail sticks with the abandoned canal, which strikes a nearly flat course across a sunny, chaparral-covered slope.

    At 1.3 mile, the trail veers uphill, leaving the old canal.  Keep left at the trail fork 100 years ahead, staying low.  (The right branch climbs to the mountainous, east part of the preserve, and troops back down to join the trail ahead.) On that lower trail, you traverse a grassy slope dotted with redolent wild onions.  You then start descending back to the canal bed, join it for a short while, and descend further to reach Hell Creek right at the point where a large metal pipe crosses over.  The pipe-an inverted siphon-shortcuts the path of the original canal you were walking along earlier. Water flowing through the siphon has come from an intake on the San Luis Rey River in the La Jolla Indian Reservation, and it is bound for Lake Wohlford, which supplies water to Escondido.  Park literature advises that you should not trespass on the privately owned siphon.  You've now traveled 2.5 miles from the start, and this is a good place to turn back and return the same way.

    Variation: If you have time and energy, you can press on past the siphon on an undulating trail that continues another 1.5 miles .  That trail ends at a viewpoint overlooking the valley of Paradise Creek and property in the adjacent Rincon Indian Reservation.  Ambitious hikers willing to trade a considerable amount of calories for more impressive views may ascend sunny, south-facing slopes to a ridge atop Rodriguez Mountain along the Paradise Mountain Trail.

    • 10 Aug 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 12 Aug 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Oh Ridge Campground

    San Diego Great Outdoors


    June Lake, August 10-12, 2018


    The outstanding lake and mountain views at Oh Ridge Campground make it a favorite spot for both families and anglers. It sits in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in close proximity to the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake. The nearby town of June Lake offers the convenience of shopping and dining, while the surrounding land and lakes provide ample outdoor recreation opportunities.

    Natural Features:

    Campsites are located in a mostly open area above the shoreline of beautiful June Lake. Save for some scattered pine and aspen trees, the campground has little shade. Nearly every point in the facility has a view of the surrounding 11,000-12,000' peaks. The campground's elevation is 7,600 feet. 

    Many species of wildlife call the mountains home, such as black bear, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika and numerous fish and birds.


    Oh Ridge campers have no problem staying busy and enjoying the outdoors. Within the facility, they can swim in the lake's clear waters, fish for rainbow and Alpers trout, go canoeing and boating or walk to the Oh Ridge viewpoint, after which the campground was named. 

    Numerous trails lie minutes away, an obvious draw for hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. The Fern Lake Trail leads into the scenic Ansel Adams Wilderness. 

    A scenic drive along the June Lake Loop results in expansive views of rugged mountain peaks and several lakes.


    This is a large facility with campsites organized among several loops named after area animals. The campground is equipped with drinking water and flush toilets, and sites have picnic tables, grills and bear-proof lockers for food storage. 

    The nearby resort offers showers and basic groceries and camping supplies.

    Nearby Attractions:

    Mono Lake and its many activities are minutes away. Hikers can access the scenic Ansel Adams Wilderness via nearby trails, and Yosemite National Park is a great day trip. 

    Activities and Amenities 

    Within Facility
    • Amphitheater
    • Beach Access
    • Boating
    • Canoeing
    • Drinking Water
    • Educational Programs
    • Entrance Station
    • Fee Station
    • Fishing
    • Flush Toilets
    • Food Storage Locker
    • Grills
    • Lake Access
    • Pay Phone
    • Picnic Area
    • Scenic Drive
    • Self Pay Station
    • Swimming
    • Telephone
    • Trash Collection
    Within 10 Miles
    • Bait Shop
    • Fuel Available
    • Gift Shop
    • Grocery Store
    • Hiking
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Showers

    Know Before You Go

    • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating; always keep a clean camp and do not feed any wild animals; campground host has bear literature

    This facility is operated by Inyo Recreation, doing business as California Land Management. Comments are appreciated; see campground hosts or access comment forms online
    Hiking within the Inyo Wilderness requires a special permit for overnight stays. These permits are managed through a limited allocation system. Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in more information on these permits.
    • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center, (760) 924-5500, or the Mono Lakes Visitor Center, (760) 647-3044.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    37.79694, -119.06167
    37°47'49"N, 119°3'42"W

    Oh Ridge Campground is 350 miles north of Los Angeles and 150 miles south of Reno, Nevada. Take U.S. Highway 395 to its southern junction with Highway 158. Take 158 for 1 mile. Turn right on North Shore Drive. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left on Pine Cliff Road. Go 0.5 mile to campground entrance.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:


      CA  93541

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17 Sep 2017 End of Summer Hike/BBQ/Pool Party
01 Sep 2017 Santa Cruz Island Campout
13 Aug 2017 Day Event - Snorkeling/Picnic La Jolla Shores
09 Jul 2017 Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP
05 May 2017 Lake Isabella/Remington Hot Springs Campout
30 Apr 2017 Day Hike - Santa Rosa Plateau Loop
31 Mar 2017 Agua Caliente Campout
26 Mar 2017 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon - East Approach
29 Jan 2017 Whale Watching
13 Jan 2017 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Campout
31 Dec 2016 New Year's Eve (Cabin Sytle)
30 Sep 2016 Buccaneer Days on Catalina Island - Weekend Campout
18 Sep 2016 StandUp Paddleboarding
11 Sep 2016 End of Summer Hike/BBQ/Pool Party
05 Aug 2016 Horse Heaven (Laguna Mountains) - Weekend Campout
27 May 2016 Lake Edison - Weekend Campout
24 Apr 2016 Day Hike - McGinty Mountain
27 Mar 2016 Bike San Diego Bay
17 Mar 2016 Monthly Bonfire
04 Mar 2016 Agua Caliente - Weekend Campout
28 Feb 2016 Day Hike - Lawson Peak
24 Jan 2016 Whale Watching
15 Jan 2016 Mojave National Preserve - MLK Weekend Campout
14 Nov 2015 Potluck/Sleepover/Hike
04 Sep 2015 Campout - Pinnacles National Park
30 Aug 2015 Day Hike - Big Bend Loop & BBQ
10 Jul 2015 Mount Laguna El Prado Campout
28 Jun 2015 Day Event - Kayaking Mission Bay
10 Apr 2015 Campout - Agua Caliente Fly-in & Camp-out (SOLD OUT)
29 Mar 2015 Day Hike - Blue Angels Peak
16 Jan 2015 Campout - Joshua Tree National Park
07 Dec 2014 Day Hike - Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
23 Nov 2014 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon - East Approach
26 Oct 2014 Day Hike - Barker Valley
14 Sep 2014 Day Hike - Indian Creek Loop
10 Aug 2014 Day Event - Kayak Adventure
27 Jun 2014 Campout - Catalina Island Adventure
22 Jun 2014 Day Hike - Pyles Peak
10 May 2014 Day Hike - Woodson Mountain - West Approach
13 Apr 2014 Day Hike - Hollenbeck Canyon
04 Apr 2014 Tecate, Mexico Campout 2014
14 Mar 2014 Anza Borrego Wild Flower Tour 2014
17 Jan 2014 Death Valley National Park Campout
17 Nov 2013 Day Hike - North Fortuna Mountain
20 Oct 2013 Day Hike - Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve
11 Oct 2013 California Great Outdoors, Inc. - 35th Annual Conference
18 Aug 2013 Torrey Pines State Reserve
21 Jul 2013 Day Hike - La Jolla Shores to Blacks Beach
16 Jun 2013 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon
12 May 2013 Day Hike - Santa Rosa Plateau Loop
04 May 2013 Night at Petco Park - San Diego Padres - Saturday, May 4th
31 Mar 2013 Day Hike - Bernardo Mountain
15 Mar 2013 Campout - Anza-Borrego Wild Flower Tour 2013
17 Feb 2013 Day Hike - Iron Mountain
27 Jan 2013 Day Hike - El Capitan
13 Jan 2013 Day Hike - Downtown Organ Pavilion to Star of India
31 Dec 2012 New Year's Eve Sleepover - Julian
25 Nov 2012 Day Hike - Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
28 Oct 2012 Day Hike - South Fortuna Mountain (Mission Trails)
23 Sep 2012 Day Hike - Cuyamaca Peak
25 Aug 2012 Pool Party/BBQ
17 Aug 2012 Santa Rosa Mountains - Yellow Post Camping
10 Jun 2012 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon - West Approach
19 May 2012 Day Hike - Three Sisters Waterfalls
29 Apr 2012 Day Hike - Lake Cuyamaca
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