San Dieguito River Park - Riverscape
Enjoy the San Dieguito River Park in the Spring.

One of the major goals of the San Dieguito River Park is to establish a continuous open space corridor throughout the length of the Park that preserves natural habitats, protects linkages for wildlife movement, and provides compatible areas for recreational opportunities.

In This Issue
Kids in the Park
North San Diego Farmers Market
Trail Restoration
On the Lagoon Trail
Ranger Walk
Santa Ysabel Gorge Hike
Birding in Crest Canyon
Habitat Rehabilitation Work Project
Water Quality Testing
Buzz about Bees
Family Bicycle Ride
Good Plant, Bad Plant
Sikes! Save the Date



Farmers Market

Every Sunday


Trail Restoration

Sunday, May 8th


Outdoor Youth Walk Benefit

Saturday, May 14th


Lagoon Ranger Walk

Saturday, May 14th


Santa Ysabel Gorge Hike

Sunday, May 15th


Birding in Crest Canyon

Saturday, May 21st


Habitat Rehabilitation Work Project

Saturday, May 21st


Water Quality Testing

Saturday, May 21st


Understanding the Buzz about Bees

Saturday, May 28th


Family Bike Ride

Sunday, May 29th


Wonder of Butterflies

Saturday, June 4th


Sikes Anniversary

Sunday, June 26th


Here is a link to the San Dieguito River Park Activity Calendar


Quick Links...
  Bernardo Bay Natural Area: (for access to East Lake Hodges Trails and the Ribbon Bridge)Take I-15 to the West Bernardo Dr./Pomerado Rd. exit. Turn left onto West Bernardo Dr. Within a half mile you will come to the parking area on the right side of the road.(click here for map)

Highland Valley Trail Staging Area:

From I-15 head east on Pomerado Road about 1/4 mile.  Turn left onto Highland Valley Drive and then within about 300 feet turn right into the parking area. (click here for a map).  


San Andres Kiosk: (for east end Lagoon Trail access)  End of San Andres Drive in Del Mar, off Via de la Valle, behind the Albertsons Shopping Center. (click here for a map).  

Sunset Staging Area:

(access for Ribbon Bridge, Mule Hill Trail, North Shore Trail, Bernardo Mountain)  

Begin North Shore Trail and Mule Hill Trail here.   

Directions: Take I-15 to Via Rancho Parkway exit, and at the exit ramp turn right at the light. Go to the light at Sunset Drive (less than a 1/4 mile) and turn right onto Sunset Drive. North County Fair Mall is on the left side of the road. This is a cul-de-sac with plenty of parking in the gated staging/parking area on the left side of the street, or along the street and in the lot at the end of the cul-de-sac. (click here for a map)

Check out Volunteer Work Projects in Habitat Rehabilitation, Trail Maintenance, and Water Quality!  Join in on a class and learn about Birdwatching, Beekeeping, or the Wonders of Butterflies!  Walk the Lagoon Trail with a Ranger or Ride A Bike with a Ranger across Lake Hodges - Or take a guided hike in remote River Park property and help boost Membership through the Conservancy.  Visit the restored Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead and buy fresh vegetables and fruit.  Whatever you do, Make Spring Your Thing!
Kids enjoy the San Dieguito Lagoon
1,000 kids visited the San Dieguito Lagoon during the month of April!


Attend the Farmers Market at the Sike Adobe
EVERY SUNDAY, 10:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.
The newly organized North San Diego's Farmer's Market is located at the Gateway to the San Pasqual Valley, off the I-15 at Via Rancho Parkway at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, located at 12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido, CA 92025.  Look for the windmill!

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please send an email to Chris at  or visit our website at  Telephone: (760) 432-8318


Join a San Dieguito River Park work party.  Make your Mom proud!

 On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8th from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. do something to make your mother proud!  Live locally, but think globally.  This month and next month, on June 12th, we will be working on trail clearing and tread repair at Hernandez Hideaway -- the trails around that parking/staging area are across from the popular lakeside restaurant. Details can be found on the Activity Calendar.

On the Lagoon Trail--

Saturday, May 14th

8:00 a.m.

Boys and Girls Club Outdoor Youth Walk Benefit


This great Outdoor Youth Walk/Run benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito will be held on the Lagoon Trail at the Lagoon and will feature breakfast, fellowship, and support for getting out and getting active!  Please register online at and click on Events and Fundraisers.

Walk with a Ranger at the San Dieguito Lagoon
Saturday, May 14th.
9:00 a.m.

Join a ranger and walk the San Dieguito Lagoon Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon.  This is part of the Second Saturday Series and your chance to learn about the wonders of wetlands while getting some fresh air and exercise.  No reservations, all ages welcome.  Come to walk, come to talk!  A ranger will answer questions about the restoration project, what makes a lagoon; water quality testing, birds and plants of the area . . .  Meet at the kiosk at the end of the street on 2775 San Andres Drive off Via de la Valle behind the Albertsons Shopping Center. See San Andres Kiosk at the left.
Hike the Santa Ysabel GorgeSunday, May 15th
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This special Exploration Series Hike is for Conservancy Members and those joining the Conservancy for a $35 membership donation. The 4-mile hike is rated moderately strenuous to strenuous.  With local experts, hike and boulder a remote San Dieguito River Park owned property that the Conservancy helped purchase. This property is an undisturbed natural treasure with waterfalls, granite sculpted by intermittent torrents of water, steep vegetated walls, and the sometimes presence of mountain lions and golden eagles - a TRUE "backcountry experience."  Along with the hike and lecture, enjoy gourmet pastries and coffee and juice.

Advance reservations are required. All donations are tax-deductible. Participation is limited so register Now.  Due to the need for restricted access, directions and other details will be provided upon registration.  TO REGISTER:  contact or (858)755-6956.
Enjoy birdwatching in Crest Canyon
Saturday, May 21st
8:00 a.m..

Join birding enthusiast Dave Batzler at Crest Canyon in northern Del Mar overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon at the coast for a leisurely birding walk. Bring your binoculars and wear closed-toe shoes. This is an easy to moderate walk up through the canyon and offers some great views of the restoration areas and the varied habitat on this popular stretch of the Pacific Flyway. 
Directions to Trail: Take I-5 north to Via de la Valle. Go west on Via de la Valle, then south on Jimmy Durante Blvd., turn left on San Dieguito Road just past the bridge over the San Dieguito River. Drive about .6 mile to kiosk. Park on the side of the road.
Saturday, May 21st
8:00 a.m. ~ 11:00 a.m.

On the third Saturday of each month San Dieguito River Park Volunteers work together on various Habitat Restoration projects.  This Saturday we will be meeting at Santa Ysabel Creek Road Staging Area in the San Pasqual Valley and carpooling/driving to another site to work on an area around the Santa Maria Creek. See the Activity Calendar for event details and directions.
Check Lagoon Water Quality
Saturday, May 21st.

If you would like to be involved please contact  Training is provided through San Diego Coastkeeper.  You must reserve for this activity.


Learn about Bees and Beekeeping at the Sikes Adobe
Saturday, May 28th
10:00 a.m. ~ Noon

Join members of the San Diego Beekeeping Society at the Sikes Adobe for outdoor lessons and demonstrations on bees, hives and beekeeping. Reservations are required, so please call (760) 432-8318 or email by May 23rd to participate. Beekeepers will have bee suit, smoker, bee box with frames and other tools of their trade on hand. $5 donation.
Join Ranger David Hekel on a Lake Hodges Family Bike Ride.
Sunday, May 29th
10:00 a.m. ~ Noon

Come out and ride with Senior Ranger Dave Hekel across the Dave Kreitzer Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge across Lake Hodges.  This family-friendly activity begins at the southern end of the ribbon bridge and is open to all.  This will be a leisurely ride, not an intense bike hike!  All ages are welcome. 

Park in the Bernardo Bay Natural Area and walk your bike down the bike path and cantilever to meet at the foot of the bridge.  From there we'll ride along the North Shore Trail at your own pace. 

Directions:  Exit I/15 at West Bernardo.  Head west (left after leaving the freeway) and just after the traffic light the Bernardo Bay Natural Area will be on your right, with ample parking.

Learn about Butterflies
Ranger Leana Bulay

Saturday, June 4th

2:00 p.m. ~ 3:30 p.m. 


Leana Bulay/SDRP Park Ranger and Assistant Director of The Monarch Program is giving a special presentation on butterflies!   Come and learn about the wonders of butterflies from their life cycle, ecological importance, migration, and preservation. Topics will also include creating butterfly habitat and attracting them to your yard.  


Please contact or (858) 674-2275x14 and leave your name and number in party so we have enough refreshments and materials for you.  FREE


This will be held at the Rancho Bernardo Community Center's main building.  Exit off West Bernardo/Pomerado from Interstate 15 and turn left (west) Turn right at the light to the Rancho Bernardo Community Center immediately ahead.

Good and Bad Plants at the San Dieguito River Park

Trees are Plants Too!

Willow (Salix)
is a species native to western and southwestern North America. Willow is a deciduous large shrub or small tree growing up to 10 meters tall. The flowers are yellow catkins produced in early spring. Most species are primarily found in riparian areas. 

Willows are very cross-fertile, and numerous hybrids occur, both naturally and in cultivation. Most willows take root very readily from cuttings or where broken branches lie on the ground. Willows are often used in habitat restoration to be planted on the borders of streams so that their interlacing roots may protect the bank against erosion, proved food for butterfly larva and wildlife habitat. Willow is a medicinal remedy for aches and fever.

Tamarisks (Tamarix) grow to up to 18 meters in height and form dense thickets. They are characterized by slender branches and grey-green foliage. The flowers form in masses and are usually pink.  Each flower can produce thousands of tiny seeds.

Tamarisks were introduced to the United States as an ornamental shrub, a windbreak for erosion control and a shade tree in the early 19th century.  These species have long tap roots that allow them to consume deep water sources.  Tamarisks disrupt the structure and stability of  native plant communities and degrades native wildlife habitat. Tamarisks have taken over large sections of riparian ecosystems in the western United States that were once home to native cottonwoods and willows.   In spite of eradication efforts Tamarisks are expected to spread beyond the current range.
Revisit the Historic Sikes Adobe.

First Anniversary of the Re-opening of Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead

Sunday, June 26th
10:00 a.m. ~ 2:00 p.m.
Plein Air Artists' Invitational begins at 8:00 a.m.
For artists' registration, please call (760) 432-8318
Happy Trails from the San Dieguito River Park Staff