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Van Damm Mountain - the path less traveled

Place: Shoal Creek and Ted Williams Parkway


Take the I-15 to Ted Williams Pkwy/ CA-56 exit.
Proceed east about 1 mile to the first stop light after the freeway interchange.
Turn right (south) on Shoal Creek, go one block and park by the elementary school.

The hike:
There is a veritable maze of trails on the mountain and I haven't explored most of them.  This week, we'll wander around semi-aimlessly to see what we can see.  If you aren't up for a bit of uncertainty, this hike will not be for you.

I do know that we will go up the steep hillside by the school onto a ridge that divides Poway from Sabre Springs.  From there, I'd like to try to Dorathea Terrace near Poway Road -- we'll see if we can find the correct trails.

This area is remarkably undeveloped given that it is embedded in urban sprawl. We will be walking on an informal trail system, more narrow and poorly maintained than our normal hikes. There is a potential for seeing most of the animals indigenous to the chaparral.

We hike south to somewhere near Poway Road and then return. Distance will be approximately 6 miles and the hike will last about two hours.

Special note:

I would recommend that foot wear be one level more serious than for our average hike. You can get by with running shoes but there may be steep slippery spots where your boots will be your best friend. Some people appreciate having a walking stick for this hike.

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  • Joan

    Since you usually post hikes for Thursday evenings at 5:30, I was wondering if you made a mistake and posted for Sunday, or you decided to mix it up this week. Just wondering!

    June 9, 2013

    • Jim

      Thanks, Joan.

      June 9, 2013

    • Joan

      LOL! This makes more Jim sense.

      June 9, 2013

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