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Crestridge Ecological Reserve

This hike was scheduled last month, but cancelled due to RAIN. Let's hope and pray for better weather in February!

This is an easy-to-moderate hike of about six miles, more or less, along Valley View Truck Trail through Crestridge Ecological Reserve. See pp. [masked] in the latest edition of Afoot and Afield in San Diego County. The views are outstanding.

The Earth Discovery Institute manages this reserve and several others. Information about Crestridge is available at their website:

Leashed dogs are allowed.

We'll meet at the signed trailhead at the end of Horsemill Rd. in Crest (Thomas 1253 A1, No[masked]' Wo[masked]').

SUGGESTED ROUTE from San Diego: Take Interstate 8 east and exit at Greenfield Drive. Turn right (south) on Greenfield Drive, turn left on La Cresta Road. Go about three miles uphill and at the top of the hill veer left on Mountain View Road. Follow Mountain View Road about 1.5 miles and turn left on Horsemill Road. Follow Horsemill Road to its end at the reserve entrance.



















The nominal starting time is 10:00 AM. I will be at the parking area by 9:30, and at 10:15 we will hit the trail. We should return to the parking area between 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM.

Call[masked] for the latest weather information or check your favorite weather page on the Internet. (I like Wear good hiking shoes and suitable clothing and take lunch, water and sun protection. Take a camera if you wish. Call or send E-mail if you have questions.

RAIN? Heavy rain will cancel the hike. If there is only a little rain, we may still hike. In doubtful cases, I will wait at the trailhead. You must decide whether the weather is tolerable and take appropriate protective clothing. If anyone else shows up, we will hike.


  • Philip Erdelsky
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Cell phone service is available in this area, but there may be some dead spots.












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  • Philip E.

    About 30 hikers, two dogs, great weather. The last hikers returned to the trailhead about 1:30 PM.

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Vivian

    Thank you Philip for organizing this lovely hike. We really enjoyed it.

    February 23, 2013

  • Sherrie Z.

    Beautiful views of East County, met some really nice people. Had a great time.

    February 23, 2013

  • Nathan W.

    Had a great time! Great to meet everyone.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry not going to be able to make it

    February 23, 2013

  • Carl G

    Sounds lovely. I'm in.

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't, I am working

    February 22, 2013

  • Robin S.

    Working on sons eagle time for sure!

    February 22, 2013

  • Vaibhav

    i am coming from Rancho Penasquitos with probably one or two guests... let me know if anyone needs a email is [masked]

    February 21, 2013

  • Michele F.

    I'm new to meetup, thought I would try this hike, it sounds fun.

    February 21, 2013

  • Vivian

    I am looking forward to joining you

    February 20, 2013

  • Jeromie J.

    This looks like a great place for a wild edibles/medicinal plant hike! Definitely going to try and make it. I have an edibles/medicinals hike in Mission Trails 3/2/2013 if anyone is interested:

    February 20, 2013

  • Kay

    sorry, had made another hiking commitment.

    February 20, 2013

  • Denise R.

    Diana, sorry I.m not going. Stacy go ahead and take the ride.

    February 18, 2013

  • Betty L.

    Look forward to hiking a trail new to me.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Life keeps interfering!!! Not your fault!

    February 16, 2013

  • Nathan W.

    I will try hiking with this group.

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Might be +1, prob not

    February 10, 2013

  • Denise R.

    Is their anyone coming from North County (Oceanside) that I could car pool with.

    February 7, 2013

  • Shawn

    If anyone wants to carpool, from the clairemont area let me know. If you live near that neighborhood we could carpool from a local coffee shop such as the coffee bean near Gennesee and Balboa Ave. Just post a reply here or email me if you want to do that.

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long is this hike and what is the elevation gain?

    February 2, 2013

  • Jeff C.

    I will plan on being there to give this group a try!

    January 28, 2013

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