San Dieguito River Park - Riverscape
In This Issue
Thank You
Farmers Market
Lagoon 2nd Saturday
Bicycle Ride
Lagoon Bird Watching
Explore Boden Canyon
Candle Dipping
Festive Farmhouse
Scout Troop 362
Trail Restoration
Habitat Rehabilitation
We've Been Rebuilt

Special Notice:

The resurfacing project has been completed on the David Kreitzer Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge

The Ribbon Bridge has been re-opened from

4:30am til 9:00pm daily.



Saturday, Nov. 13th

Lagoon Trail Walk


Sunday, Nov 14th

Trail Restoration


Saturday, Nov. 20th

Habitat Restoration


Saturday, Nov. 20th
Candle Dipping 


Sunday, Nov. 21st
Sikes Farmers Market & Wagon and Pony Rides


Sunday, Nov. 21st



Sunday, Nov. 28th

Birding at the Lagoon


Saturday, Dec. 4th

Festive Decorating


Sunday, Dec. 5th

Hike Boden Canyon






Quick Links...

  In this season of Thanksgiving, we are truly thankful to all our supporters who work to make the Park's vast array of habitats, trails, historic sites and recreational opportunities enjoyable for all.
  Sunday, November 21st is scheduled to be a big day at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, located at the gateway to the San Pasqual Agricultural Preserve! 

  At 1:00 p.m. the new Farmers Market will be opened to the public, and lots of fresh organic produce, jams, jellies, and baked goodies will be available for purchase.  The Farmstead Market will be open every Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. beginning November 21st.

  Also offered will be a variety of family fun activities throughout each weekend - pony rides ($3 per person) and wagon rides ($2 per person) - beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m.

  If you want to see the old farmstead, free tours take place every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.!

Click here for a map to the Sikes Adobe.


Saturday, November 13th, 2010; 9:00am - 10:15am
Saturday, December 11th, 2010: 9:00am - 10:15am

  Join an SDRP Ranger and walk the Lagoon Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon. This is your chance to learn about the wonders of these wetlands, inquire about the work on this project - no, it's not just a construction site!  And get some fresh air and exercise!


  No reservations, all ages welcome. Come to walk, come to talk! The kiosk is located at the south end of San Andres Drive in Del Mar, a cul-de-sac, located behind the Albertson's Shopping Center. Here is a link to a map that shows the meeting place.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010; 8:30am - 10:30am (or until you get tired)!

  Come and meet Ranger Dave Hekel and ride with him from the North Shore Staging Area and under the I-15 overpass to the Dave Kreitzer Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge, and then along the trail to Lake Hodges!

  A beautiful and easy ride!  No reservations or sign-ups are necessary - this is a great way to discover the open space park and trail system all around you!  Bring water and/or snacks.

  Directions:  Exit at I-15 at Via Rancho Parkway to North County Fair Mall, turn right and then right again at the next traffic light past the gas station -- less than an 1/8 of a mile. There is plenty of parking in the large gated lot or along the street or at the end of the cul-de-sac in the overflow parking.  The North Shore Trail heads west, so come to the end of the cul-de-sac to the kiosk located under the trees!

Click here for a map to the Sunset Staging Area (the meeting place).
Sunday, November 28th, 2010;  8:00am - 9:30am

 Join San Diego Audubon Society birding pro, Phil Pryde, at the San Dieguito Lagoon this Sunday after Thanksgiving and spot some of the most beautiful birds in the area! We'll meet in front of the kiosk at the end of the cul-de-sac on San Andres Drive behind the Albertson's shopping center in Del Mar.


  Bring binoculars! Open to all enthusiastic birders, this is more of a walk than a hike along the Lagoon Trail and offers plenty of opportunity to scope and scout for birds! All ages, all abilities, welcome.
Here is a link to a map that shows the meeting place.

Hike Boden Canyon December 5th.
Sunday, December 5th, 2010;  1:00pm - 4:30am


  Join the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and explore the beauty of Boden Canyon in early December!  Located off Highway 78 between Escondido and Ramona, this area is full of  coastal sage scrub, chaparral and riparian habitat; and is home to many sensitive plant and animal species! 


  We'll cross Santa Ysabel Creek  -- a future section of the Coast-to-Crest Trail -- then head up the canyon on the Orosco Truck Trail. This is a special chance to visit this hidden gem!  This 6.25-mile round-trip hike is moderately-strenuous for beginners.  Please bring water and be prepared for changing weather.  Reservations required - contact or (858) 674-2275 x12 for directions and to reserve a space.


This is a members-only hike and free for current members.  If you're not a Conservancy member, this is a great time to join and help grow the River Park!
Click here to become a member or renew your membership now

Saturday, November 20th, 2010; 9:00am - noon

  Join Carol Gentile of Archive, for a workshop in candle dipping and making pine cone fire starters!  Both of these items are great for holiday gifts!  Carol will be at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead on Saturday, November 20th from 9:00 to noon.  Adult participants pay $5.00; children 12 and under pay $2.50, to cover materials costs. The Sikes Adobe is located at 12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido, CA 92025, at the head of the Mule Hill trail.  To RSVP, please email or call the farmhouse at (760) 432-8318.  You must reserve your space by November 16th as space is limited!  Directions and other details will be given at the time of confirmation. 

Here is a map to the Sikes Adobe.
Saturday, December 4th, 2010; 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Come make Victorian farmhouse decorations at the Sikes Adobe and then help us decorate our tree and the house!  String popcorn, berries (local, if possible), and make ornaments.  Extra ornaments may be taken home.  All ages are welcome.  Suggested donation of $3.00 to help cover the cost of materials.

Here is a map to the Sikes Adobe.

Eagle Scout Sebastian Revels works with other members of Troop 362 to install an interpretive kiosk for the Heritage Trail, a future staging area and a section in the trail system slated to open early next year - we'll keep you posted! 
Sunday, November 14th, 2010; 8:00am - 11:00am
  This month we are working on a section of trail that is difficult to get to unless you're hiking -- so we are meeting at the San Pasqual Water Reclamation Facility on Highland Valley Road (14103 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92025) where the Ranger on duty will carpool everyone in!  It's important to be on time or a few minutes early!

  Drive to the back (all paved and you will see the Ranger truck) Please wear closed toe shoes and if you have work gloves, bring them -- otherwise we have them for you to use! All are welcome! We will provide tools and training.
Directions:  From I-15 take the West Bernardo/Pomerado Drive exit (just past Via Rancho) and turn right at the light, heading east. The second light is Highland Valley Road. Turn left on the arrow. Drive about a mile and a 1/4 and just beyond the curve there is an entrance to the right.

Click here for a map to the meeting point.
Saturday, November 20th, 2010; 8:00am - 11:00am

  This month we will be working in the native garden off the Mule Hill Trail near the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead just up from the kiosk to the trail. We need plenty of help here as this is a major wildlife corridor!
We have gloves and tools, but if you have gloves bring them! Training provided. No age restrictions. If you need credit for your school or project, please inform the Ranger on duty. Exit from 
  Directions:  Exit at I-15 at Via Rancho Parkway to North County Fair Mall, turn right and then right again at the next traffic light past the gas station -- less than an 1/8 of a mile. There is plenty of parking in the large gated lot or along the street or at the end of the cul-de-sac in the overflow parking.

Here is a map to the parking area.
In Closing...
  The San Dieguito River Park was severely impacted from the Witch Creek Fire in October of 2007.  Over 62% of the Park, or about 45,000 acres, were burned, including our main office, a unique 1920s era home, and our cultural site, Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead in Escondido, one of the earliest pioneering structures in San Diego County. 
  Three years later we have rebuilt and are moving forward, both at our newly constructed "fire resistant" office and at the old homestead, which opened back up to the public in June of this year.
Aerial view, SDRP Headquarters.
SDRP Executive Director Dick Bobertz
Click here to see a Gallery that contains more images of the new San Dieguito River Park Headquarters buildings, which were designed by Rinehart-Herbst Architects.

The San Dieguito River Park is yours to enjoy!  Escape to the wonders of nature, open space, and blue skies.  Enjoy your park.

The San Dieguito River Park staff