December 2008
Seasons Greetings from the San Dieguito River Park!
As 2008 draws to a close, we invite you to join us on a guided hike or ranger-led work project or to "donate a plank" to commemorate your support of this magnificent open space park stretching from the 
Coast to the Crest. 

The San Dieguito River Park celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2009!
In 2009 watch for the opening of the Grand Avenue BridgeOverlook, the Lake Hodges Bicycle/ Pedestrian Bridge, and the acquisition of more open space land on Volcan Mountain!
Coming this Spring: 
"For The Birds" Series,  Jr. Naturalist and Trail Patrol Training, Photo Hikes . . .
December Hikes

Jack Pomeroy, retired geologist and Outings Coordinator for the Escondido Citizens Ecology Committee is leading this moderate to strenuous 7.5 mile roundtrip trek to the top of Bernardo Mountain.  You can view where canopies of ceanothus once bloomed, and learn about the geology of this area, hard hit by the 2007 Witch Creek Fire, but coming back in many ways!  No reservations are necessary.
Saturday, December 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  We will meet at the Sunset Drive parking/staging area.  Bring water and a lunch!
 Directions:  Exit I-15 at Via Rancho Parkway and go east (right).  Turn right at the light at Sunset Drive.  There is ample parking in lot at end of street or in parking area near the windmill. 
River Park staff will lead a guided one-of-a-kind hike on the Mule Hill/Raptor Ridge overlook.  This is a  moderate to strenuous 5-mile hike, but we will drive you back after lunch!  We'll talk about history, plants, animals, and things of interest in the area.  Reservations are necessary.  Please reserve your space by email or telephone to or (858) 674-2275 ext. 14.  You must be contacted and confirmed by staff.  
Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  We will meet at the Sunset Drive parking/staging area.  Bring water and a lunch! 
Directions:  See above.
Are you looking for a holiday gift that lasts?  Consider "donating a plank"for $100 -- Donors are recognized with an inscribed plaque permanently attached to a plank on the boardwalk!  Visit the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy at or call (858) 755-6956.  Proceeds go to support trail development and habitat restoration projects in the Lagoon area. 
The 1200 foot long boardwalk is located east of and adjacent to Jimmy Durante Blvd.
The Lagoon Trail continues from the Boardwalk east, under the freeway and along the north side of the Lagoon.  The Boardwalk and Lagoon Trail are segments of the San Dieguito River Park's Coast to Crest Trail, stretching 55 miles from the ocean to the Pacific Crest.
Trail Restoration and Habitat Rehabilitation
The last weekend work projects for 2008 will be:
Sunday, December 14th, and Saturday, December 20th.
Visit us at for details on the Fall Activity Calendar;   
and while you're on the website listen to the sounds of birds throughout the San Dieguito River Valley -- it's on the home page! 
San Dieguito River Park, 14103 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92025