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Moderately paced day hikes in San Diego County, California. A monthly happening for more than thirty years, formerly on the last Saturday of each month. Currently weekday hikes nearly every week, and some cross-posted hikes from other social media groups. Some GPX tracks and other information are posted at http://www.efgh.com/SDDH/

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FREE Multi-groups Local Urban Trail Hike- Marian Bear Park ~ 4 miles

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Relatively easy mostly flat trail hike after initial short steep access down from the cul-de-sac at North end of Biltmore St. in North Clairemont. Any unvaccinated can wear their masks. Steve is fully Moderna vaccinated.

Wonderful initial forest-type canopy over the wide dirt trail alongside a little creek with ponds, until coming out into the main broad hiking trail in the center of San Clemente Canyon/Marion Bear Park.

Many huge sycamores and oaks in this City open-space park with a wide main trail and small stream with some ponds that may have minnows and some orange crawdads if you are lucky/observant enough and go in the wetter season.

Some birds so if you bring binos you may be able to ID different species. We saw a big hawks soaring overhead last time, and previously a little skink on trail- SKINK not skunk.

Previously last year we saw lizards, rabbits, ducks, a rare iridescent golden bumble bee, a beehive, a huge great blue heron startled us on a previous hike there as it flew from a pond 15 feet away, and even a tiny snake last summer... Also we have had a closeup of a redhead woodpecker that popped out of its hollow and stared us down from the tree trunk close by the beehive.

Great place to exercise walk and commune with nature for a little while as we tune out any noise from H52 which runs along the North side of San Clemente Canyon. There is some poison oak growing under the trees and off the trail, but we don't venture off the trail or into any bushes so we don't touch it.

Meet us BY 1pm at the North end of Biltmore St, at the trailhead post on sidewalk there.

Early parking in the cul-de-sac, later comers please park up the hill by Capehart St.. Please don't block anyone's driveway!

Dress appropriate for the weather/temp ( any rain cancels ) and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a bottle of water and your camera, hat and sunscreen, binos if you like to see birds up close.

You are solely responsible for your safety and well being on any event posted by this group! No organizer/host of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. Rsvping here confirms your full acceptance of all responsibility.

Park bathroom is about halfway along this hike. None at trailhead.

Santa Ysabel Loop trail hike

Santa Ysabel Nature Center

Please join our Ranger staff for a guided hike on the Santa Ysabel Loop Trail. Learn about the History, Plants and Wildlife of the Santa Ysabel and Julian area. Enjoy the beautiful views into the Preserve and the Santa Ysabel Valley. This trail follows the path of one of the earliest County owned public roads in San Diego. Built in the late 1870’s the Coleman Toll road was the main route to Julian from the West. This 3.5-mile hike has an elevation gain of about 500 ft in the first ½ mile. This is a family friendly hike and dogs are allowed, but the must be on a leash. Please bring sturdy shoes, plenty of water and a snack for the trail.
We will meet for the hike at the Santa Ysabel Nature Center at 22135 Highway 79, Santa Ysabel, Ca. 92070. We will begin the hike at 10:00 AM, so please plan to arrive a little early. Please contact the Nature Center at[masked] for more information.

FREE Mission Bay Brisk Fitness Walk 5 miles! Clairemont Dr @ Hwy 5 easy parking!

Come exercise your body as well as unwind your mind on this 5.4 mile social brisk walk along beautiful Mission Bay! BY 5:30pm today! Any unvaccinated folks can wear their masks. PLEASE GET VACCINATED! Steve is fully Moderna vaccinated.

Come away from that TV and your easy chair, come out stretch those legs in the fresh evening air? Happy people from other groups will be there... Most will go the total about 5.4 mile brisk walk to South Shores and back.

Most everyone has much fun on these walks so we have had multiple requests for more of them, and now will be weekly every Wednesday eve! Easy parking there at Clairemont Dr. end just West of Hwy 5.

We may see a nice sunset after or along the way, very enjoyable sharing the stimulating exercise/visual experience with our lively loquacious group.

Dress appropriate for the weather/temperature (any rain cancels), and wear very comfortable walking shoes. Bring a smile, bottle of water and maybe a joke ( I need some new improv material ).

You are solely responsible for your safety and well being on any event posted by this group! No organizer/host of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. Your rsvp YES here confirms your full acceptance of all responsibility for you and any guest.

Meet on the South side of the old MBay Visitor's Center building (now called Mission Bay Beach Club) BY 5:30pm, near the yellow plates in the sidewalk. We start walking South soon after so you may have to run to catch up!

The GREAT River Cleanup

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Event Location: Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), Mission Valley Preserve (MVP)
Event Fee: Free
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Partner Organization: San Diego River Park Foundation
Description:

Join the River Park Foundation’s Clean and Green Team to clean and beautify two sections of the San Diego River at the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and Mission Valley Preserve (MVP). Get outside, hike along the San Diego River, and clean up as you go!

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help remove trash, tires and stormwater debris before being flushed down stream in the winter rains. Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes, dress in clothing that can get dirty and to limit single-use plastic bottles, please also bring your own reusable water bottle.

Costumes are welcome as long as they fit safety requirements.

Community service hours can be verified for this event. Meet at the location of your choice: Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) or Mission Valley Preserve (MVP).

To RSVP, please contact us by calling (619)[masked] or emailing [masked].

We are all superheroes when we help our community! We hope to see you there!

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