San Diego Trails

San Diego Hiking – San Diego County Trails

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Cedar Creek Falls
3 mi RT / moderate; off Hwy 78

From Santa Ysabel on Hwy. 78, drive E 6 mi, turn right on Pine Hills Rd.
1.50 mi., bear right on Eagle Peak Rd.
1.25 bear right again (signs point to Eagle Peak Ranch)
Drive 8 mi. (dirt & paved) to Saddleback, 4 way junction.
Park & hike the fire road downhill for 1.25 mi.
At the fork, bear left & continue into the Cedar Creek bed
Some rock scrambling down to the swimming hole

Hot Springs Mountain
5.5 miles RT/ strenuous (elevation gain/loss =1,250 feet)
Near Warner Springs, 10 miles northeast of Lake Henshaw; Off Highway 79

From Temecula Interstate 15, take Highway 79 East to Warner Springs
Drive up Los Coyotes’ Indian Reservations main road, past the intersection of Middle Fork Borrego Palm Canyon (6.1 miles past the entrance gate )
Turn left (west) and drive up the valley on a sandy road to reach a saddle above the valley 2.2 mi. farther
At Nelson’s Camp, on the left side of the road, Park at the camp
Begin hiking southwest up along a small tributary stream that flows north & west into Agua Caliente Creek.
Follow an old Jeep trail up, gaining more than 500 feet in just over a mile.
At the top, you’ll meet a better road that runs up the south slope to Hot Springs Mountain
Turn left (west) on this road and climb another 1.6 miles along the ridge line to the tower.
Pass through dense forests of black oak, Coulter pine and white fir, and across meadows dotted in late spring with wildflowers.
Lookout tower, dilapidated and seemingly on its last leg, sits on the west shoulder of the mountain.
Go a bit higher on the ridge by following a faint trail through thick brush and around boulders to the true summit. A flat concrete platform caps the summit block.
option – Seven-mile dirt road going up the mountain’s southern slope (drive, hike or mountain bike)

Maps Mountains / San Diego Maps

see also – San Diego Anza Borrego 4×4

Hauser Wilderness

Hauser Wilderness Area

  • 8,000 acres, south of Interstate 8
  • steep slopes & granite boulders
  • vegetation is chaparral & coastal sage
  • elevations range – 1,600′ ­ 3,681′
  • Pacific Crest Trail passes to the east
  • Barrett Reservoir
  • wood fires prohibited
  • portable stoves permitted
  • groups limit – 15 people
  • visitor permit required
Cleveland National Forest
Descanso Ranger District
3348 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA 91901

Hauser Pine Creek Wilderness map

PCT Maps

Hiking Trails San Diego

Sonoma County Fair

In the heart of Sonoma Wine Country

Come see why the Sonoma County Fair is the largest event in Sonoma County: Largest themed flower show in U.S. Wine Country Racing with top jockeys & horses on turf & dirt tracks. Non-stop family entertainment, including award-winning games & contests for all ages. Celebrate agriculture in this culinary mecca known for the finest produce, cheese, wine & meats. The region’s most extensive livestock exhibition & auction. Action-packed arena events. Top-rated carnival & midway plus kiddie carnival. Music in the Park daily plus headliner concerts.

Horse racing, wine tasting, concerts, games, rides, flowers & plenty RV camping in NorCal California wine country; The annual location is the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

Annual event; July

Santa Rosa CA

San Diego Mountains

San Diego Mountain / Hiking San Diego / SoCal Camping

hiking San Diego

San Diego forests & parks – 

Cleveland National Forest

Palomar Mountain State Park

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

San Diego maps & trails –

San Diego mountain towns nearby Alpine, Descanso, Julian, Mount Laguna, Palomar, Ramona

mt laguna lodge

Split Mountain Anza Borrego

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Fish Creek Campground

E of Borrego Springs CA.

Well off Highway 78, past the busy OHV area, quads at Ocotillo Wells, past all the rural homes & the redneck bar, past the Elephant Trees hike – where the road goes from pavement to graded dirt to a wild desert wash, in a few short miles. If you don’t know where you are, then you’re almost there.

This is a large wild desert wash with huge unstable walls, several areas for wind caves and a few historic markers. Lots of 4×4 trails beyonf Split Mountain, to the south. No real water in sight, except maybe the puddle you are standing in as it starts to poor. The soft sand can give way to a few heavy rain drops. May not be a great area to be during a serious storm or flash flood possibility, unless you want to get buried alive. Check the weather forecast in advance.

A ratty, small developed campground of Fish Creek is on the left side, upon the ledge. Fish Creek Campground is picnic tables & a pit toilet – at most. Ya may as well camp out in the open, off road, like the pioneers did. You can do that out here in Anza Borrego. (Just keep it clean & carry a metal fire container.)

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Split Mountain, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

This portion of the “mountain” is less than a mile from Fish Creek Campground. Fossils can be found in these walls. Shade is good in summer months, when day temps reach 100+. The rest of the year is ideal weather. This mountain split from water, erosion, mega force. High walls, wind caves, desert washes, great primitive camping & 4×4 routes.

This desert scenic drive will require you to get that SUV dusty. 4 wheel drive not required. No RVs past the campground. All low lying passenger cars are warned, there are uneven areas, soft sand & boulders.

Duh, do not attempt this one when desert flash floods are possible.




nearby towns –



    Great desert back road exploring out here. A zillions washes & canyons.

  • Eastern Sierra Mountains

    Eastern Sierra Mountains / Eastern Sierras California

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    Wilderness seeker John Muir called the Eastern Sierra, the range of light. It’s desery & drastic. Tons of granite & wild-ness. The impressive, tallest peak in the lower 48, Mount Whitney towers at elevation 14888′ over the Owens River Valley. Death Valley meets mountains. Ancient volcanoes & fresh granite. Creeks are alive throughout summer. Alpine lake hikes & their wild flowers are incredible. Horseback trails, rentals, pack trips are very popular. Total Escape even list high country Inyo 4×4 routes, that overlook Bishop.

    Eastern Sierra forest & parks –
    Inyo National Forest
    Toiyabe National Forest – north (Carson)
    Toiyabe National Forest – south (Bridgeport)

    Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

    Ancient Bristlecones

    inyo maps

    Eastern Sierra maps & trails –

    Eastern Sierra towns –
    Aspendell, Big Pine, Bishop, Crowley Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining, Lone Pine, Mammoth, Olancha, Toms Place

    south lake bishop

    cottonwood lakes

    Colorado River Jet Ski

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    Colorado River: Tri-State area includes Arizona, California, Nevada. From the northern Lake Mead @ Las Vegas to the lower Colorado River marshes of Yuma, a span of fresh water that travels the western deserts. From the snow melt of the Rocky Mountains, through the red rock of Utah’s canyonlands, Grand Canyon and all it’s glory, way down to the farms near Mexicali, this is the biggest river in the west.

    outdoor recreation includes –
    fishing, camping, kayaking, canoeing, boating, houseboats, water ski, watercraft rentals

    Below are personal water craft rentals and shops around the region.


    Callville Bay Marina

    Lake Mead Resort Marina

    Skiwi Rentals

    Temple Bar Marina

    World Wide Jet Ski


    Cottonwood Cove Marina

    Willow Beach Marina


    AC Watercraft Rental

    River Rats Water Sports


    Avi Resort

    Best Jetz

    Xtreme Watercraft Rentals


    All Seasons Water Sports

    Champion Rentalsdocpicacho

    Dana’s Rental

    Desert Sun Watersports

    London Bridge Watercraft Tours & Rentals

    Walt’s Motorsports Marine

    Wet Monkey Powersport Rentals

    Windsor Beach Rentals

    YUMA, AZ

    Jet Rent

    Jet Ski is a registered trademark under Kawasaki
    Watercraft manufacturers also include: Sea-Doo & Yamaha