San Dieguito River Park - Riverscape
the San Dieguito River Park Newsletter
September 2010
In This Issue
Hike Volcan Mountain
Hike Santa Fe Trail
Lagoon Tour
Lagoon Water Quality Monitoring
Coastal Cleanup
Become a Sikes Docent
Sikes BBQ
River Valley Fest
Trail Restoration
Habitat Rehabilitation

Saturday, Sept 11
Sikes BBQ

Sunday, Sept 12
Lagoon Trail Restoration

Saturday, Sept 18
Hike Volcan Mountain

Saturday, Sept 18
Sikes Habitat Restoration

Saturday, Sept 25
Coastal Cleanup Day

Saturday, October 2
Hike Santa Fe Valley Trail

Saturday, October 2
Lagoon Tour

Sunday, Oct 17
River Valley Fest

Quick Links...


Mike Thacker will lead the Volcan Mountain Preserve hike.
Saturday, September 18th, 2010;  3:00pm - 7:00pm

Join River Valley Guide Mike Thacker on a moderately strenuous five mile hike with a four star rating to the summit of Volcan Mountain!  This 2,195 acre preserve offers an array of seasonal wildflowers amid a panoramic  view of oak-pine woodland.  Be sure to pack water and snacks! Wear closed-toe shoes - the inclines can be fairly steep. 
No Reservations Required.
Directions:  Take Highway 78 to Julian.  Turn left onto Farmer Road and continue until it intersects with Wynola Road.  Turn right and drive about 50 yards and turn left back onto Farmer Road.  Park near the Volcan Mountain Preserve sign and walk down the gravel path to the trailhead.  See the trailhead on this map.
The Santa Fe Trail
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010;  9:00am - 11:00am

Explore the San Dieguito River riparian vegetation and ponds on a four mile guided interpretive nature walk with the "Canyoneers", the San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to teach appreciation of plants and animals in southern California!  Wear comfortable shoes and bring water.  This beautiful valley was severely impacted by the 2007 Witch Creek Fire but is open once again to the public.  No Reservations Required.
Directions:  From I-5, exit east on Lomas Santa Fe Drive.  Continue on Linea del Cielo, which turns into Paseo Delicias and then Del Dios Highway.  (From Escondido take the Del Dios Highway)  Turn right past Calle Ambiente to meet the Canyoneer host.  The trailhead is just behind the Lemon Twist Stand and is marked.
Here is the Canyoneers website.

Aerial View San Dieguito Lagoon
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010; 9:00am - 12:00 noon

Pastries, Fruit, & Coffee provided.
Fee based.

This hike in the Exploration Series provides an opportunity to go "behind the scenes" to learn from - and question - the experts about the Lagoon Restoration Project and to visit an area of the restoration project that is only open to tours guided by project officials. This is one of the limited opportunities for the public to go "inside the lagoon".

Sponsored by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.  For more information and to make reservations please click here.


Water Quality Monitoring
Education/Outreach  The San Dieguito River Park is partnering with San Diego Coastkeeper Water Quality Monitoring Program at the San Dieguito Lagoon!  The rainy season is approaching so we want to begin our program now so that we are set to test the water as soon as it starts to flow. 

San Diego Coastkeeper will provide training and supplies and will conduct all the lab work for our "water conscious" volunteers interested in collecting and analyzing water samples.  If you are interested in learning about water quality issues, field and laboratory science, and becoming more active in addressing water pollution, please get in touch with Barbara at and become a part of monthly sampling events to help keep our watershed clean.  We ask that you participate in a minimum of three events in a six month duration once your training is completed.
California Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 25th, 2010;  9:00am - 12noon.

Ring in this year's 26th birthday of Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County and the premiere marine-related volunteer event in California where thousands of volunteers turn out to California's beaches, lakes, and waterways to help remove hundreds of thousands of pounds of accumulated debris!
The San Dieguito River Park, in coordination with the California Coastal Commission, I Love A Clean San Diego, and San Diego Coastkeeper, is sponsoring two sites this year!  Join us at either Lake Hodges or on the Lagoon Trail on Saturday, September 25th from 9:00 till noon.  Register at
Become a Docent at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead.
We are looking for talented, fun-loving, folks who enjoy history and a chance to "talk story".  All training sessions will be held at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead.

Session 1:  Monday, September 13th, 10:00am to Noon.
Session 2:  Saturday, September 18th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Session 3:  Monday, September 20th, 10:00am to Noon.
Session 4:  Saturday, September 25th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Session 5:  Monday, September 27th, 10:00am to Noon.

Please don't worry if all of these dates don't work for you; we will try to work around your schedule.  Much of what you need to know will be in a packet provided to you, which you can read at home.

If interested please contact Anne P. Cooper, Sikes Adobe Museum Manager.  (760)432-8318 office or (619)884-1170 cell.

Leana Bulay, our new full time SDRP Ranger
Summer Interns Katy Defotis and Suzie Cuff work alongside Dust Devil Tom Brown.
Field Staff Bryan Ward learns to have fun and work quickly!
River Park Summer Interns Suzie Cuff and Katy Defotis
Dust Devil Bill McKinney

Enjoy the Sikes BBQ
Saturday, September 11th, 2010; 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Tickets $30.
Please join us for a step back in time!
Click here for registration form and contact information.  Only 150 tickets will be sold for this wonderful event so reserve your space soon before it sells out.
Casual clothes and walking shoes recommended.  Cash bar for beer and wine.  Door prizes.
Support the San Dieguito River Park at this Rancho Valencia event.
Sunday, October 17th, 2010; 2:00pm - Sunset
RSVP by October 5th, 2010

A San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Fund Raising event at the multi-award winning Rancho Valencia.
You will be treated to an afternoon of delectable Spanish cuisine from San Diego Paella, sangria, wine and beer from local artisans, lively music performed by quitarist Bill Fleming, tennis round-robin, croquet, fashion accessories by Fairen Del Boutiques, desserts by Claire's on Cedros, and irresistable auction items.

Proceeds support the vital work of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.

For additional details and to RSVP please click here.
 Sunday, September 12th; 8:00am - 11:00am

On the second Sunday of each month San Dieguito River Park Volunteers work with Rangers to improve the trails within the San Dieguito River Park. This month we are extending the Lagoon Trail, part of the Coast-to-Crest Trail System, eastward. This is a brand new trail and much work needs to be completed! Come and be a part of it!

We will be meeting at the kiosk, so parking on the street (San Andres past Albertsons on the cul-de-sac) or at the construction trailers (see sign leading left down to the parking area) near to where we will be working is fine.  Click here for a map that shows the meeting place.   Email if you have any questions or would like to bring a group. No reservations required to help!
Saturday, September 18th, 8:00am - 11:00am

On the third Saturday of each month San Dieguito River Park Volunteers work with Rangers on various Habitat Restoration projects. This month we will be working on the Native American Garden near the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead and just off the Mule Hill Trail.

Meet at the kiosk on Sunset Drive in front of the pioneer home. Click here for a map.  We need help watering, cutting back golden bush in the garden, and trimming prickly pear cactus to plant in containers. Please bring work gloves if you have them -- otherwise we will provide them along with tools and training.

Thank you.  Your generous hours of volunteer contribution are appreciated and they make a big difference!
The San Dieguito River Park is yours to enjoy.