San Dieguito River Park - Riverscape
Attend the Sikes Adobe Anniversary

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
Wonders of Butterflies
Snakes Live Here Too
Hike Volcan Mountain
Hike Del Dios Gorge
Walk the Lagoon
Sikes Anniversary
North San Diego Farmers Market
Injured or Orphaned
Water Quality Testing
Trail Restoration
Habitat Rehabilitation Work Project
Grebe Lecture
Dads and Grads



Farmers Market

Every Sunday


Wonders of Butterflies 

Saturday, June 4th


Hike Volcan Mountain

Saturday, June 11th


Water Quality Testing

Saturday, June 11th 


Trail Restoration

Sunday, June 12th


Habitat Rehabilitation

Saturday, June 18th


Hike Del Dios Gorge

Sunday, June 19th


Lagoon Walk

Saturday, June 25th


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, Sikes Adobe, 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)

Learn about Butterflies
Ranger Leana Bulay

Saturday, June 4th

2:00 p.m. ~ 3:30 p.m. 


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. Leana Bulay/SDRP Park Ranger and Assistant Director of The Monarch Program is giving a special presentation on butterflies!   Please contact or (858) 674-2275x14 and leave your name and number in party so we have enough refreshments and materials for you. You must reserve a space by noon on Friday, June 3rd.   FREE

This indoor program will be held at the Rancho Bernardo Glassman Recreation 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 Glassman Recreation Center just past the tennis courts.  
This has been a particularly wet winter in our area and we have had a very active snake season!  Wear long pants and closed toe shoes on all hikes and outings.  Remember that you are in wildlife corridors and this is their habitat!
Hike Volcan Mountain
Saturday, June 11th, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Volcan Mountain Preserve offers an array of seasonal wildflowers in oak-pine woodlands. Join the Canyoneers for a walk to Volcan Peak and enjoy the panoramic view of the area. Bring water, a lunch, and be prepared for a five-mile hike with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet! 

From Julian take Main Street north out of town for about 2.2. miles (Main Street becomes Farmers Road).  Turn right on Wynola Road for about 100 yards and then take the first left, which is a continuation of Farmers Road. The preserve entrance is on the right. There are no facilities.
Hike the Del Dios Gorge
Sunday, June 19th, 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Join the Canyoneers once again on one of their newest hikes in the San Dieguito River Valley -- the five-mile round trip hike to Lake Hodges and back. There has been a lot of recovery from the 2007 Witch Creek Fire and the area is lush and beautiful once again!

Directions: From 1-15 exit Via Rancho Parkway. Turn left onto East Via Rancho Parkway and head to the Del Dios Highway. The road will dead-end at the highway. (In Escondido, Valley Parkway turns into Del Dios Highway) Look for the Lemon Twist Stand and signage pointing to the drive down into the staging area from there on the left side of the road.
Walk the San Dieguito Lagoon with a Ranger
Saturday, June 25th, 9:00 a.m. till 10:15 a.m.

Join a ranger and walk the San Dieguito Lagoon Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the wonders of wetlands while getting some fresh air and exercise.  No reservations, all ages welcome.  If you have questions about the restoration project, what makes a lagoon; water quality testing, birds and plants of the area, take advantage of this time. 

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.
Attend the Sikes Anniversay Party
Sunday, June 26th, from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.

The San Dieguito River Park JPA and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy invite you to celebrate the First Anniversary of the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmhouse.  A Plein Air Artists' Invitational begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the "People's Choice Award" will be announced at Noon.  1880's period dress is welcomed, and there will be a "Farmstead History" Exhibit Unveiling.  No reservations required.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please visit, or call (760) 432-8318.  The farmhouse is located at 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido, CA  92025, the gateway to the San Pasqual Valley.

For directions see "Sunset Staging Area" in left column.

Every Sunday in the San Pasqual Valley

The newly organized North San Diego's Farmer's Market is located at the Gateway to the San Pasqual Valley, right 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 or visit thier website.

Image courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

Do you ever think about what you would do if you came across an injured or orphaned animal?  The important thing to do is to make a safe decision that will have a positive impact on nature.  Please keep these tips in mind:
  •  The animal may not be orphaned.  Mothers often leave their babies while they search for food.
  • Frightened animals or animals in pain will bite.  Be cautious of handling them.
  • Animals in the wild are not good pets.  Do not nurse them back to health with this intention.
  • After any contact with an injured or orphaned animal, wash your hands and change clothing. 
  • Contact organizations that rescue and rehabilitate wildlife to help animals that cannot help themselves.   
  • Consider also a donation to any of these groups to fund rehabilitation and education. 
In Our Area:  Project Wildlife (Emergency) 619/225-WILD (or 9453) There is a Wildlife Triage Center in San Diego on Sherman Street, and a North County Wildlife Triage Center on Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad.  Please call the hotline to be directed to the nearest open center.

Wildlife Assist:  Marie Molloy 619/921-6044 or 858/278-2222; Sky Hunters at 619/445-6565; San Diego Rabbits at (619) 718-7777; Kruisin Kritters at 619/315-4911. 
Help monitor water quality at the San Dieguito Lagoon
Saturday, June 11th at 9:00 a.m.

 If you would like to be involved please contact  Training is provided through San Diego Coastkeeper.  You must reserve for this activity.
Help keep our trails in great shape!

Sunday, June 12th from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

This month we will again be working with the Rangers in helping with trail clearing and tread repair at Hernandez Hideaway -- the trails around that parking/staging area across from the popular lakeside restaurant.  


Please reserve a space by leaving your name and how many will be attending at (858) 674-2275 x 14 or email TWO DAYS PRIOR TO A WORK PROJECT.  


Wear closed toe shoes, and bring gloves if you have them. Otherwise we have work gloves, water, and tools as well. 

Directions:  To get to Lake Hodges and to the Hernandez Hideaway area exit off Via Rancho Parkway or the Del Dios Highway and onto Lake Drive. Continue past the entrance to the lake and on to the restaurant, where ample parking across the street is adjacent to the trails.  Additional details can be found here on the Activity Calendar. 

Saturday, June 18th, 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 Sikes Adobe to do some nearby weed clearing, removing fennel and artichoke thistle, watering, and collecting mule fat cutting. 

For directions see "Sunset Staging Area" in left column.  Look for the windmill!

Please reserve a space by leaving your name and how many will be attending at (858) 674-2275 x 14 or email TWO DAYS PRIOR TO A WORK PROJECT. Wear closed toe shoes, and bring gloves if you have them. Otherwise we have work gloves, water, and tools as well.
Coming in July
A Confirmed Couple. image by Robert Harrington
Have you noticed the black-and-white birds (with the screechy call) that are seen on Lake Hodges?  They are Western and Clark's Grebes and they have interesting habits, from mating rituals to almost-floating nests to carrying their chicks on their backs. Learn more about them at a free, illustrated one and a half hour presentation coming in July. Photographer Robert Harrington will show his collection of beautiful photographs of the grebes in their various activities, and you will discover what to look for while observing this fascinating part of the ecology of Lake Hodges.
Support the Lagoon.  Purchase a Plank!

 For the Dads and Grads in your life, buy a boardwalk plank and help save the wetlands!  Visit the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy for details

Happy Trails from the San Dieguito River Park Staff