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Eyes Wild Open

Get off the beaten path to explore San Diego County’s wild side, where endangered birds and panoramas bring the full picture into view. Eyes wild open—what will you see?

Week 09.05.2015
Regions Southern CA

Border Birds

Walk the Tijuana River Estuary

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Head wayyy south—to the Tijuana River Estuary in Border Field State Park, a sprawling, primarily wetland habitat that’s home to some of San Diego’s rarest wildlife. Several miles of trails offer great hiking, biking, and horseback riding routes through riparian habitat. For the…
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The Great California Road Trip

2015 Autumn Getaway to Monterey County

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Buckle up for the great California road trip. Destination: Monterey County! Autumn on this part of the California Coast is simply magnificent. Gas up, here we go! The Great Beach Connection: Whether it’s sinking your feet into the soft lavender sands at Pfeiffer Beach in Big…
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Sweet Sounds of Sweetwater

Hike San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

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The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is just twenty minutes east of San Diego’s busy downtown, yet the sheer tranquility of this place makes you feel a world away. See spectacular birdlife on an 8-mile (round-trip) hike to the refuge’s Sweetwater Reservoir. The Sweetwater River…
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Stairway to Stonewall

Hike Stonewall Peak in San Diego

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The Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego are well known as a wildlife haven, and outdoor enthusiasts know it. So how do you escape the crowds? Adventure up! To 5,737-foot Stonewall Peak. This 4-mile (round-trip) hike leads to a brilliant panorama. The trailhead is accessed from…
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    Duck, Duck, Goose!

    Try to get a first-come, first-served campsite at one of the Lakes Basin’s lakeside campgrounds. We love Goose Lake Campground, where there are just 14 sites and no motorized boats.

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    Shealor Stunner

    Robust mountains, striking slabs of granite, and deep green pine reflections make Shealor Lake near Kirkwood resort a jewel of the El Dorado National Forest. Reach this alpine oasis on a 1.3-mile hike.

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    National Parks Road Trip: Circle of Discovery!

    Love national parks? Love road trips? Combine the two on one fabulous Circle of Discovery route in Northern California and Southern Oregon! This itinerary features 7 national parks with wondrous features.

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    Peak-a-View!

    Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the entire country and the seventh deepest in the world. For one of the very best perspectives of this shining blue beauty, hike up to Garfield Peak.

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    Hidden Stairways of SF: Urban Hike

    This guided hike sold out fast, but new dates have been added! Get outdoors and explore the hidden stairways and gardens of San Francisco anew. Small group and socially distanced.

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    Lookout for This View!

    Sierra Buttes Lookout, at a lofty 8,591 feet, is a memory maker for its pucker-worthy stairway to the tower’s balcony. It's a 5-mile (round-trip) hike to reach it. And the reward? Epic!

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    Ah, Good Point

    Ready for a rewarding view? Head to to one of the Peninsula’s favorite promontories: Mori Point. Climb your way up the Bootlegger’s Steps to the Mori Point headland for awesome vantages of the San Mateo Coast.

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    Sleeper Hit

    It's all about the water, and the camping, at Utica Reservoir in Stanislaus National Forest, a High Sierra reservoir perfect for kayak explorations and pitching your tent lakeside..

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