San Dieguito River Park - Riverscape
In This Issue
2011 Calendars
Corporate Sponsorship
Farmstead Market
Sign Spinners
Hike Heritage Trail
Lagoon Birdwatching
Hike Bernardo Mountain
Lagoon Trail Talk
Self Guided Hike
We Appreciate
Carol Carr
Habitat Rehabilitation
Trail Restoration
SDRP Plants
Camp Hope
Children and Nature Collaborative


Farmstead Market

Sundays, 1:00 - 5:00pm

Habitat Restoration

Saturday, Jan. 15

8:00 - 11:00am

Hike Heritage Trail

Sunday, Jan. 16

1:00 - 4:30pm

Camp Hope

Saturday, Jan. 22

Children and Nature Collaborative

Tuesday, Jan. 25


Lagoon Birding

Saturday, Jan. 29

8:00 - 9:30am

Hike Bernardo Mountain

Sunday, Feb. 6

1:00 - 5:00pm

Lagoon Walk

Saturday, Feb. 12

9:00 - 10:15am

Valentines Day Tea

Sunday, Feb. 13

1:00 - 3:00pm

Trail Restoration

Sunday, Feb. 13

8:00 - 11:00am

Quick Links...

The first annual San Dieguito Watershed calendars are available and there's still a whole year left to use them!  Order on-line from this San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy link.
Order 2011 Calendars now. 
     This has been a difficult year for the San Dieguito River Park since we lost our member assessment from the City of San Diego.  The River Park has been funded by six agencies for the last 20 years which has allowed us to complete so much of our dream of a continuous 55 mile trail from Del Mar to Julian.   The City of San Diego backed out of our long standing agreement with them due to their financial problems.  This has left us with a financial void, and we don't know when, if ever, the City will return as a contributing member.

     We would welcome funding from any source but a permanent financial sponsor is what the River Park is seeking.  We provide miles of hiking trails for the pleasure of the public and with a small staff we maintain thousands of acres of open space preserved for native plants, wildlife and scenic views.

     If you are a corporation looking for a worthwhile cause, please contact us at 858 674 2270. Contributions to the San Dieguito River Park are tax deductible.

Located at the gateway to the San Pasqual Agricultural Preserve, the market is open to the public and lots of fresh organic produce from Certified Farmers and food and Craft vendors also will be available for purchase!  Visit the historic home while you're here!  Here are directions to the Sikes Adobe Farmstead Market.
Visit Anthony and Estela Maciel at the Sikes Farmstead Market     Look here each month for a featured preview of some of the vendors participating in our Farmer's Market!  This month:

Maciel Family Farms - Anthony and Estelle Maciel are part of a large farming family from the Bonsall area.  They grow a variety of vegetables including salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, corn, radishes and squash.  They also bring beautiful cut flowers!
Eddies Sweetie Pies - Eddie Walker is the owner of this delectable dessert booth.  If you have a sweet tooth this is the place to be as he has a selection of homemade desserts like chocolate lava cupcakes, red velvet cake, cobblers to rival any Grandmas!  Also if you don't find something you can't live without they take and fill special orders!
Visit Eddie's Sweetie Pies at the Sikes Farmstead Market
We need Sign Spinners for the Farmers Market!  If your scout troop or high school school students would like a civic project to earn badges and credits please contact us immediately! or (760)432-8318
Sign Spinners Wanted.  Relax in the sun!
Date:         Sunday, January 16th/Reserve by January 13th
Time:        1:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:   Heritage Trail, San Pasqual Valley
Difficulty:  Moderately-strenuous for beginners

Preview the NEW Heritage Trail Hike:  Connecting to 65 miles of Trails in Poway.

     This special hike through the Conservancy's "San Dieguito Exploration Series" will take you on the not-yet-open-to-the-public planned route of the Heritage Trail connecting the River Park's San Pasqual Valley Trail with the nearly 60-mile Poway trail system!  Participants will learn about what will be needed to complete the remaining challenging segments of the Coast-to-Crest Trail; and take in some beautiful views of the San Pasqual Valley along the 6.5 mile hike.  This hike is a fundraiser for the Conservancy to support its work protecting additional lands for the River Park, extending trails, and restoring habitat.  Donation: $20 for current members; new members at the $35 level.   Reservations are required through or (858) 755-6956.
Birdwatch at the San Dieguito Lagoon
Date:        Saturday, January 29th/No Reservations Needed
Time:        8:00am - 9:30am
Location:   Lagoon Trail, Del Mar
Difficulty:  Easy

Join avid birder Dave Batzler at the San Dieguito Lagoon as the River Park continues public bird watching sessions designed to encourage amateur birders to share their love of birds. We will have birding guides on hand for your convenience and also a scope to view the birds from different areas along the way!   Bring your binoculars, camera, and water!  No feeMeet at the information kiosk at the start of the Lagoon Trail located at the end of the cul-de-sac on San Andres Drive in Del Mar.
Hike Bernardo Mountain
Date:         Sunday, February 6th/ Reservations Necessary
Time:         1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:    Sunset Drive Staging Area, North Shore Trail, Escondido
Difficulty:  Strenuous for Beginners, Moderately Strenuous for Intermediate Hikers

Bernardo Mountain is an icon on the north shore of Lake Hodges and was saved from development when it was purchased by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Park in 2003.  The valuable habitat that was preserved by the purchase supports both the federally-threatened California gnatcatcher and one of the last remaining populations of the imperiled cactus wren in San Diego County. We'll hike 7.2 miles round-trip to the summit for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the ocean! Bring water and be prepared for changing weather. Reservations are required - contact or (858) 674-2275x12 for directions and to reserve a space.  Free. (Suggested donation of $5)
Join an SDRP Ranger and walk the Lagoon Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon.
Second Saturday Series
February 12th
9:00am - 10:15am
Do you want someone to walk with, do you want to ask questions about the birds or the plants or the animals, or the Restoration Project or what makes a lagoon or the plans for extending the trail eastward ?
No reservations, all ages welcome.  Come to walk, come to talk!
Meet at the kiosk at the end of the street on 2775 Via De La Valle.
This is a great time of year to hike South Clevenger Canyon.

This is a nice time of year to hike the South Clevenger Canyon Trail.  Water is still running through the riparian areas.  It's not too hot for the climb to the top, and the views with the green grasses are spectacular.  Look down on the east end of the San Pasqual Valley and enjoy being at higher elevation than Ramona!

Difficulty:  Moderate (but you can turn back and go downhill at any time.
Length:  4.5 miles
Elevation Gain:  1,400 feet
Allow about 4 hours.
Here is a link to a detailed map that includes a gps track and images from the hike.
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, a 501(c)(3), is our non-profit and the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley is a 501(c)(4), a political advocacy group.  Both of these organizations contribute greatly to the vision of this beautiful regional open space park.  We have the same goals, but different roles.   Please visit them at and to learn more about continuing efforts to acquire, protect, and manage lands within the River Park.
Carol Carr
CAROL CARR, Volunteer of the Month
"Having the chance to build trails one plant and one shovelful at a time makes me happy - when our plants have grown up and the trails are done, I like to think that future generations will thank us for our work, just like I thank those who built Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park."

    Carol Carr, our Volunteer of the Month, has been supporting the San Dieguito River Park for 10 years!  After retiring from the Port of San Diego in 2000 she was appointed to the CAC (Citizens Advisory Committee) because of her involvement with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and then she put her talents to work to revive the River Park's Trails Committee by volunteering as Chair in 2003 - a position she still holds!  After the fires in 2007 Carol started doing volunteer field work alongside the Rangers to actively restore the trail system.  Cleaning culverts, scattering seed, installing plants, harvesting cactus, building trails, shoveling dirt . . .    In her spare time Carol can be found on the trails bicycling and hiking!
These work projects take place every second Sunday of each month from 8:00am till 11:00 am.  Habitat Rehabilitation Work Projects take place every third Saturday of each month from 8:00am till 11:00am.  The restoration of our Park's trail system and the creation of wildlife habitat are essential to providing a quality experience for all River Park visitors.  We need YOU!
Saturday, January 15th  
Del Dios Park (Entrance to Lake Hodges)  
8:00am - 11:00am
Sunday, February 13th  
Sunset Drive Staging Area 
8:00am - 11:00am
(on the Mule Hill Trail near Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead)

     No reservations necessary unless you are with a group of five or more! Contact for details and directions or visit our website Activity Calendar at   Please wear close-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them.  We have gloves, tools, and water!
Plants, the good and the bad.
Images of Crystalline Iceplant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) and the second photo isGoldenbush (Isocoma menziesii var. vernonioides). 

Non-native invasive plants are a real threat to the San Dieguito River Park. California has about 4,200 native plant species, and is recognized internationally as a "biodiversity hotspot." Invasive plants are detrimental because they can take over entire ecosystems by out-competing native plants for resources, thus reducing habitat for native wildlife.

One of the most invasive plant species the Park is dealing with at the San Dieguito Lagoon is Crystalline Iceplant. Several tactics are used to eradicate the species: herbicide application, hand-pulling, planting of natives and native seed dispersal. Recently Park Rangers and Volunteers have planted over 500 native plants along the Lagoon trail.  Also, large quantities of Coastal Goldenbush have been dispersed along the lagoon because it is a "weedy" native and will eventually out-compete the abundant Crystalline Iceplant. Habitat Restoration at the San Dieguito Lagoon is ongoing; and if you or your group would like to be involved please contact us at (858) 764-2275 extension 14.
Scouts Projects In Progress!
  • Will Melbane, constructing and installing four benches along North Shore Trail
  • Kristen Weller, conducting Cactus Wren habitat restoration and developing interpretive hike
  • Daniel Rose, working on Heritage Trail Staging Area lodge-pole fencing
  • Jonas Neichin, constructing six nursery tables for SDRP Ranger office nursery
Recently Completed Projects!
  • Andrew Morris, built, painted, and installed Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead sign
  • Michael Hill, constructed Del Dios Gorge Trail bat boxes
  • Sebastian Revels, built Heritage Trail Kiosk
  • Zach Levine, built Del Dios Gorge Trail Kiosk
Thank you scouts!
Thank you boy scouts.
Students from Camp Hope will spend most of their day on Saturday, January 22nd at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead learning about the pioneer experience in the San Pasqual Valley.  They'll get a chance to go back in time and experience work and play in the 19th century by doing chores such as laundry and gardening; and then making clay marbles to play with. They'll travel even further back using dig boxes to discover the archaeology of this site, which is still under excavation!  If you are interested in sharing the past with your children or students contact Museum Manager Anne Cooper at
Youth activities at SDRP
Youth Activities at SDRP
The San Dieguito River Park is a member of the San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative (SDCaN), organized in 2009, which promotes nature based education and other children's programs.  We will be hosting an exhibit at the Children and Nature Lecture at the San Diego Natural History Museum at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25th.  The lecture, "Grounding Learning in Place and Community" will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Greg Smith, from Lewis and Clark College.  Other exhibitors include Family Adventures in Nature, Earth Discovery Institute, I Love A Clean San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park, and Olivewood Gardens.  The lecture is   $5 and registration should be made through the San Diego Natural History Museum. Join us!  We're working to prevent Nature Deficit Disorder!
Celebrate Saint Valentine's Day by Taking Tea at the Sikes Adobe
Sunday, February 13th, 2011
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Cost $5.00 to be paid at the door.

Cups of tea, tea cakes, cookies and a tour of the historic farmhouse
12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido, CA 92025 in the San Dieguito River Park.

Enjoy Valentines Tea at the Sikes Adobe.

For more information, please e-mail or call:
(760) 432-8318
The SDRP Staff wishes you a Happy New Year.