We hike north along the Poway / RB border to near the Rancho Bernardo Winery.
We drop down to the return trail which follows a creek to Old Coach Road.
This hike is a quirky blend of McMansions and Mansions, ripparian habitat, and some interesting sights including some huge prickly pear cactus and up close look at some nesting birds.
Approximate distance is 5 miles; Topography is rolling hills.
This is a loop hike so there is no turning back early. I would say it is moderate-plus, mainly because we need to set a decent pace if we are to finish before sunset.
From 1-15 and Rancho Bernardo Road: take RB Road East -- turns into Espola -- turn Left at Old Coach Road parking is on the left about 400 yards after you turn.
We will car shuttle from the parking area to Valle Verde Park.