Highland Valley Trail runs along a hill overlooking the south shore of the mostly dry Lake Hodges, just north of Rancho Bernardo. The total distance (out and back) is about five miles, with very little change in elevation. The Witch Creek Fire roared through here in 2007. The trail was closed for more than a year, but it has been reopened and has mostly recovered.
This is a fairly easy hike, and there is a good reason for that. The next day, Sunday March 30, there will be a more difficult hike up Volcan Mountain. I want to be sure that I (and other hikers) have enough energy left over to do that hike, too.
Leashed dogs are permitted.
We'll meet at the trailhead staging area area on the south side of Highland Valley Road, just east of Pomerado Road (Thomas 1150 B5, N 33° 3.16 W 117° 3.95).
SUGGESTED ROUTE FROM SAN DIEGO: Follow Interstate 15 north and take the West Bernardo Dr and Pomerado Rd exit (which is also the exit for Highland Valley Road). Turn right onto Pomerado Road. Turn left onto Highland Valley Road at the first traffic light. A short distance from the traffic light, turn right into the Highland Valley Trail Staging Area, where we will meet. CAUTION: There are TWO exits for Pomerado Road. Take the northernmost exit, which is also signed for West Bernardo Drive.
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 http://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.
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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.