We'll be hiking up Mount Gower and back, a total distance of about five to seven miles, depending on how far we want to go. We won't reach the summit, but we will get some very good views of San Diego Country Estates, an upscale community east of Ramona. The trail is unshaded, but the sun doesn't shine as brightly this time of year.
Leashed dogs are allowed.
We'll meet at the trailhead staging area for Mount Gower Open Space Preserve 17090 Gunn Stage Road, Ramona (Thomas 1173 G1, N[masked] W[masked]). It has ample parking, rest rooms and a drinking fountain.
SUGGESTED ROUTE FROM SAN DIEGO: Take I-8 east and then Highway 67 north to Ramona. Turn right on Tenth St. (This intersection is also the end of Highway 67 and the junction with Highway 78.) Follow Tenth Street (which becomes San Vicente Road) for about six miles to a small golf course. Turn left on Gunn Stage Road and follow it about two miles to the Mount Gower Open Space Preserve at the end of the road. DO NOT PARK THERE. CONTINUE about 0.3 miles into the preserve on a gravel road to the trailhead parking lot, where we will meet.
Estimated driving time from Downtown San Diego is about one hour. The distance is about 45 miles.
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 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM.
Check your favorite weather page on the Internet. (I like www.weather.com.) Wear good hiking shoes and layered clothing and take water, lunch and sun protection. Take a camera if you wish. Call or send E-mail if you have questions.
Philip Erdelsky home[masked] cell[masked] e-mail: [masked]
Cell phone service is available in this area, although there may be a few dead spots.
SUGGESTION: Check this page a few days before the hike for any last-minute instructions.