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Van Damm Mountain and vicinity

Place: Shoal Creek and Ted Williams Parkway

Directions:

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:
The out-and-back hike climbs a steep hillside onto a ridge that divides Poway from Sabre Springs. Good views the whole way and a nice introduction to a relatively unknown trail system. 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 are a few 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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  • Mike g

    had a great time... great workout...really bummed we did not get a ride back LOL
    Victoria wanted to know where your son got the hiking sticks from.
    I think they would really help on the STEEP STEEP downhills

    September 1, 2012

    • Mike g

      Jim what time is the hike at Lake hodges. where does everyone meet

      September 3, 2012

    • Norm

      We meet at 5:15 or so, hike starts at 5:30 Rancho Bernardo Community Park parking lot.Off West Bernardo Drive

      September 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very pretty - vigorous hiking up/rocky slopes - great support and camaraderie from the group.

    September 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Invigorating hike - beautiful scenery

    September 2, 2012

  • Mike g

    i wanted to know

    September 1, 2012

  • Muriel G.

    Pretty strenuous for a newbie, but enjoyable. Great views. A trail I would love to do again.

    August 31, 2012

  • Jim

    Hey, Muriel. I did the AT in 2009. If you come on the hike, I can give you some pointers. The premier of which is "Just Do It".

    August 27, 2012

    • Maria

      It is VERY EASY.

      August 28, 2012

    • Maria

      Oops! I didn't read "AT" I thought ya'll talkin' 'bout Van Damm

      August 28, 2012

  • Muriel G.

    One of my life dreams is to hike the Appalachian Trail. I was disappointed when my friend said she couldn't do it. This is something I really need years to work up to, but don't want to do it alone. Lots to learn, but I thought I would start in my own backyard.

    August 27, 2012

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