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Week 10 Ultimate Hike training at Daley Ranch

7:30 am                  Hiking time: 7 hours        16 miles

Can you believe it? Last team hike for this season.

Training objective: get some good miles in.  We are going to hike the ranch from the south end to the north, and everything in between.  I guarantee a good work out for those of you that do the whole hike.  You can hike as long as you like, do as much as you want, leave when you like.

NEW Trailhead: 3450 East Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92027.  Behind the Escondido Humane Society on the west/left side and across the street from Community Lutheran Church.

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Week 9: Laguna Mountains

7am              Hiking time: 8 hours        20 miles

Training objective: get a good taste of the Big Hike, so we are going to do miles.  We will be using the PCT and summiting Garnet Peak for fun.  Hike starts high above the desert, with great views out into the desert, then hike through pines and oaks.

Comfort Wagon available: you can put your lunch and a cold drink in the cooler that will be taken to our lunch rest stop.  We will have extra water and other goodies!

Trailhead: Kwaaymii Point, 13300 County Rd S1, Julian, CA  (Sunrise Hwy)

****Trail map and “get directions” available at:  www.hikeforcures.com/map/

DirectionsFrom the South; exit I-8 at Sunrise Hwy, continue north (left), watch the mile markers, turnoff is at marker 30.3.  You will pass by all the camp grounds, lodges, etc.  Watch for Pioneer Mail on right, turnoff is less than 1 mile north.

From Julian; take Hwy 79 south to S1 (Sunrise Hwy), make a left, follow to Kwaaymii Pt Rd.  This is a pretty slow route, usually takes 1.5 to get back into Poway.  But, a stop in Julian for Apple Pie might be worth it, although, October is as very busy time.

 

What to bring:

  • 2 quarters of water, refill at lunch break
  • 16oz of electrolytes
  • Lunch at Comfort wagon
  • Sunscreen, hat, Lip balm with SPF
  • Small backpack

 

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Week 8: Mt Woodson from Blue Sky

7am              Hiking time: 8 hours        16 miles  Saturday and/or Sunday(only if confirm by Friday)

Training objective: conditioning, this is a tough hike, includes some steep climbs.  You may have hiked Mt Woodson, but maybe not the way we are going to do it ;}  There usually is a pot-a-potty in the parking lot and a restroom a couple miles up the trail.

Trailhead: 16281 Espola Rd, Poway 92064

****Trail map and “get directions” available at:  www.hikeforcures.com/map/

What to bring:

  • 3  quarters of water
  • 1 quart of electrolytes
  • Lunch on the trail & Snack
  • Sunscreen, hat, Lip balm with SPF
  • Small backpack

This is a City of Poway Park and open space.  Mt Woodson is covered with gigantic boulders and sharp boulder flakes like the famous “potato chip” rock.

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Week 7: Cuyamaca Loop 7am

Week 7: Cuyamaca Loop                     7am              Hiking time: 8 hours        18+ miles

Training objective: We are going to get some miles in, another roller coaster, like the Ultimate Hike.  This hike is a figure 8, which will bring us back to our cars to re-fuel and have lunch, before completing the second half.  Points of interest include Oakzanita Peak and the Airplane Monument.  There usually is a pot-a-potty in the parking lot, but no guarantee :{

****Trail map and “get directions” available at:  www.hikeforcures.com/map/

Allow at least 1 hour drive time if you are in the central San Diego area.  Those of you in North County, allow for 1.5 hours.

Trailhead: 11569 Hwy 79, Descanso CA

Directions from south: I-8 east exit Hwy 79; travel north/left 7.6 miles to highway marker 4.9.  Directions from north: 15.2 miles south of Julian.  This is a pretty drive, but is a very slow route.  For those of you in the North County, the southern route is quicker time wise.  >>>Look for a large parking area on the east side of the road.  ½ mile south of Visitors Ctr.

What to bring:

  • 2  quarters of water on your back, plus extra in car to reload.
  • 1 quart of electrolytes, leave half in your car.
  • Lunch (leave in car) & Snack
  • Sunscreen, hat, Lip balm with SPF
  • Small backpack

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks.  Over 25,000 acres.  There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians.  Cuyamaca Peak is the 2nd highest peak, at 6512’, in San Diego County, it is very visible throughout San Diego.  (The highest peak is Hot Springs, 6533’, east of Warner Springs and on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation.)

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Week 6: Santa Ysabel Open Space

Sept 22nd      7am              Hiking time: 7 hours        15 miles      

Santa Ysabel Open Space Western trailhead on Hwy 79, San Diego County

This will be our first long hike, through one of the prettiest areas in the county.  Plus, you may be sharing the trail with cows.

Trailhead: Hwy 79, 1.5 miles North of Dudley’s Bakery at the 78 & 79 junction in Santa Ysabel.  Park along, but off the road.  South of the Mission & cemetery.  If you pass the billboard for a casino, you just missed the Trailhead.

Training objective: Mileage!  This hike is a roller coaster; many short steep ups and downs, longer than the Fortuna’s.  We will be stopping for lunch under a large oak tree.  There are NO potties anywhere out here, except the bushes.

 

 

What to bring:

  • 3  quarters of water, plus a cold drink in your car for afterwards
  • 1 quart of electrolytes
  • Lunch on the trail & Snack
  • Extra socks to change at lunch, makes a lot of difference to your feet!
  • Sunscreen, hat, Lip balm with SPF 

The Santa Ysabel Preserves are surrounded by oak woodlands, native grasslands, and fields of wildflowers that portrays a beautiful natural setting during your hiking, biking, and riding adventures within the boundaries of this 3,800-acre preserve.  More than 20 miles of multi-use trails wind through the various habitats in this scenic mountain preserve.  Santa Ysabel Creek runs along the entire northern boundary of the preserve. You will be crossing the head waters of the San Diego River.

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