Christmas 365: Day 326

November 22, 2014

326 Be kind to  yourself.  Photo Credit: theartofbeing.com

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Walking the scenic terrain of San Diego County is in my humble opinion the best way to see it.  There is something missed when you drive or even bike to a location.  Here are some of the prettiest hikes in this great county of ours to get away from it all.   Cost? The gas to get you there….  Oh and if we missed one that you especially enjoy let us know!

San Diego’s Torrey Pines has to be one of the most relaxing hikes you can take. Be prepared to not only have your eyes feast on California’s natural seacoast beauty, but also expect the sensation of your olfactories being filled with the salty coastal scents of the seaside.  It’s heavenly.

Torrey Pines

Photo credit:  sandiegowildernesstours.com

Hidden Torrey Pines Hike

Trail Distance:  2 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Spring
Del Mar Scenic Parkway

Hollenbeck Canyon

Trail Distance:  4-6 Miles roundtrip
Best Times to Hike:  Spring
Honey Springs Road and CA-94

Volcan Mountain

Trail Distance: 3-5 Miles roundtrip hikes
Best Time to Hike:  Spring, Early Summer, Autumn
Farmer Rd.

Mt. San Miguel

Trail Distance: 2.73 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Early Morning
Proctor Valley Road

 Check out google images for all the inventive photos San Diegan’s and hikers have taken of  themselves on Potato Chip Rock.  Potato Chip Rock is located on Mt. Woodson.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Photo credit: Bacon and Tofu on flickr

Lake Poway to Mount Woodson

Trail Distance:  8.7 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  All Year Round
Lake Poway and Espola Rd.

Los Penasquitos Canyon

Trail Distance: 4.7 Miles
Best Times to Hike:
Canyonside Park Rd.

Sunset Cliffs

Trail Distance 3.7 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Sunset, Any Sunny Day
Ocean Front St.

Enjoy an early morning but exquisite sunrise on Cowles (pronounced Kohls) Mountain.

sunrise_on_cowles_mountainPhoto credit:  tzen.devinatart.com

Cowles Mountain

Trail Distance:  4.7 Miles
Best Times to Hike: Early Morning, Late Afternoon
Cowles Mountain Blvd. and Boulder Lake

Iron Mountain Trail

Trail Distance: 5.8 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  During the Week
Corner of Poway Rd. and Highway 67

Relaxing and surreal views from El Cajon Mountain.

El-Cajon-MountainPhoto credit: ihikesandiego.com

El Cajon Mountain

Trail Distance:  11.8 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Spring and Fall
Corner of Wildcat Canyon Rd. and Blue Sky Ranch Rd.

Torrey Pines State Reserve

Trail Distance:  5.6 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Early Morning, Late Afternoon
North Torrey Pines Rd. and Torrey Pines Scenic Parkway

El Capitan Open Space Preserve

Trail Distance:  14 Miles round trip
Best Times to Hike: Before the heat of summer.
Wildcat Canyon Road

Cedar Creek Falls is definitely worth the hike, look at that waterfall!

Cedar Creek-EdHale-big-4-1-12Photo credit:  eastcountymagazine.org

Ramona Waterfall Hike

Trail Distance: 4.2 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Spring, Early Summer
End of Thornbush Rd., Ramona

Poway Lake Loop

Trail Distance: 2.9 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Anytime except Summer mid-day.
Poway Lake Rd.

Mt. San Miguel

Trail Distance: 2.73
Best Times to Hike: Early morning
Proctor Valley Road

Robert Ranch

Trail Distance: 1-20 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Fall-Spring
Japatul Valley Rd.

Palm Canyon Trail

Trail Distance: 1.5 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Daytime
Palm Canyon Drive

Pacific Crest Rail

Trail Distance:  6.46 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  Fall through Spring
Mexico to Canada go to  pcta.org to learn more….

Monserate Mountain located in Fallbrook is not for the faint of heart, it is pretty much all uphill!  Once you get to the top though, be prepared to say wow to the spectacular view.

sam_1604Photo credit:  sandiegowildernesstours.com

Monserate Mountain

Trail Distance: 4.52
Best Times to Hike:  Year round
Stewart Canyon Drive

Santa Margarita Trail

Trail Distance: 6.02 Miles
Best Times to Hike:  All Year
Sandia Creek Dr.

Source: SanDiegoHikers.com be sure to check them out.

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Christmas 365: Day 325

November 21, 2014

325 Be patient. Photo Credit: cauldronsandcupcakes.com

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Christmas 365: Day 324

November 20, 2014

324 Be grateful for all that you have.Photo Credit:  inquirewithin.com

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Christmas 365: Day 323

November 19, 2014

323Throw someone a surprise party. theshellhammer.wordpress.comPhoto Credit: theshellhammer.wordpress.com

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