San Dieguito River Park - Riverscape
the San Dieguito River Park Newsletter
July 2010
In This Issue
Raptor Ridge Hike
Trail Restoration
Santa Fe Valley Trail
Sun, July 11
8:00am - 11:00am

Habitat Rehabilitation
Sun, July 17
8:00am - 11:00am

Lagoon Bird Watching
Sat, July 24
8:00am - 10:00am

The Urban Coyote
Sat, Aug 7
3:00pm - 5pm

Trail Restoration
Santa Fe Valley Trail
Sun, Aug 8
8:00am - 11:00am

All month
Self Guided Hike
Raptor Ridge
Quick Links...

The Santa Fe Valley Trail
Santa Fe Trail
Sharing a trailhead with the Del Dios Gorge Trail, the Santa Fe Valley Trail is one of the prettiest in the park.  Because of its location between Lake Hodges and the coast this trail is a bit cooler this time of year than some of the trails further inland.

Click here for a Google Map of the Santa Fe Valley Trail.
Click here to see photos from a March 2010 Santa Fe Valley Trail hike.
Click here to download a .pdf Trail Map.

Join the Trail Restoration Work Project on this trail July 11th and Aug 8th.
This Information Kiosk at the Santa Fe Valley Trailhead has been provided by Eagle Scout Zachary Levine. Thanks Zachary!


Recreational Opportunities
There are many recreational opportunities in the San Dieguito River Park, including kayaking, horseback riding, bicycling, and hiking.  We offer additional guided activities such as bird watching, geocaching, tracking, and special outdoor programs and presentations throughout the year.

Join us for Bird Watching at the Lagoon on Saturday, July 24th.

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has excellent .pdf trail maps available for download here.
Come and learn at the San Dieguito River Park.
Learn at the San Dieguito River Park
Besides public access to trails and amenities, the Park offers a variety of outreach opportunities to learn about the rich diversity of the San Dieguito River Valley, from wildlife corridors and plant communities, to the geology, archaeology, and history of this open space park.  These activities are offered free to the public and all ages are welcome.

Join us on for an indoor program on Saturday, August 7th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., "The Urban Coyote" - William Wirtz, Emeritus Professor of Biology, Pomona College, will be your host at the Rancho Bernardo Community Park - Glassman Recreation Center, 18448 West Bernardo Drive, Rancho Bernardo.  (Located adjacent to the Piedras Pintadas Trail) No live animals will be on hand this session, but we do have a lively visual program.  Please reserve your space to or leave a message at (858) 674-2275x14.  Refreshments provided.

Don't forget to mark your calendar to join us on August 7th.
from left: Senior Ranger David Hekel, Ranger Natalie Borchardt, Trails Manager Jason Lopez, Ranger Jake Gibbs.
Employment at the San Dieguito River Park

We are planning to hire an additional full time ranger at the San Dieguito River Park.  Ranger Ken Colburn has moved on to the U.S. Forest Service, but you can still see him in the Cleveland National Forest!

If you are interested in assisting the Rangers in more intense and ongoing work projects consider becoming a Volunteer River Park Dust Devil.
Trees reach into the sky between Ramona and Santa Ysabel.

The Maypole at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead Reopening Celebration on June 26.
Say "Hello" to Museum Manager Anne Cooper!
Anne Cooper

This circa 1870 pioneering home is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (or by appointment).  For information on tours or the wagon ride schedule and pricing call (760) 432-8318.

Click on this link to see photo galleries of the exterior and interior of this restored family home.

"Our River Park is a gem, a biodiversity hotspot, a place of beauty and a place to get out and appreciate our natural world and enjoy the benefits of being in nature.  We can add to it, protect it, teach with it, and enjoy it for the treasure it is" - Oliver Ryder, Ph.D., Director of Genetics, San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research, and San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Board Member.

Click here to read an article (.pdf) by Oliver Ryder that describes the many plants and animals of the San Dieguito River Park.

Click here for the Plants of the San Dieguito River Valley brochure (.pdf).
Here is this month's Self Guided Hike
Raptor Ridge in the early evening.
Raptor Ridge
Located in the San Pasqual Valley the Raptor Ridge Trail is a refreshing 4 mile round trip hike (or bike ride) for the entire family.  You begin the hike at the Santa Ysabel Creek Staging Area and hike west, climbing up a bit of a grade to Raptor Ridge, and then return.

You will be able to see almost the entire San Pasqual Valley including across the valley to the San Diego Wild Animal Park.

Click here for a Google Map of the Raptor Ridge Trail.
Click here for a .pdf map that shows the entire San Pasqual Valley Trail system.
Click here to see a Raptor Ridge Twilight Hike photo gallery.
Click here to see a daytime Raptor Ridge hike photo gallery.
Santa Ysabel Creek at the upper end of Lake Sutherland.

 The San Dieguito River Park is YOURS to enjoy - escape to the wonders of nature, open space, and blue skies...

The San Dieguito River Park Staff