Engelmann Oak Loop, revisited

The Engelmann Oak Loop lies on the northern portion of Daley Ranch in Escondido. The loop travels through numerous stretches of oak woodland comprised of coast live oaks and Engelmann oaks. This serene, peaceful mesa hike offers some of the finest coastal hiking in all of San Diego.Distance: 5.1Elevation Gained: 800'Difficulty: ModerateTime: 2:30Critters: rabbits, hawks, …

Relict Species: Engelmann Oak

Relict, n: a remnant or survivor.Species, n: a distinct sort or kindThe Engelmann Oak (Quercus engelmannii)For my own satisfaction, and hopefully for somebody else out there who likes trees, I'm going to write about some of the remarkable remnant species of trees and plants that I come to know in California. A relic species is that of which only …

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve – Sylvan Meadow Loop

Tucked up on a plateau overlooking Murrieta and Temecula lies the Santa Rosa Plateau Reserve. This 8,000 acre park features 40 miles of hiking trails, the largest remaining Engelmann oak habitat, adobes dating back to the 1860's, vernal pools, and miles of rolling meadows studded with oaks and sycamores.Distance: 5.7 MilesElevation Gained: 500'Difficulty: EasyTime: 3.5 …

Daley Ranch – Engelmann Oak Loop

Distance: 5.1 MilesElevation Gained: 800'Difficulty: ModerateTime: 2:05Critters: Hip-hop hares!!!Pros:- All the fun of Daley Ranch's Engelmann Oak Loop- Plus beautiful golden hour lighting- My baby joined me!Cons:- NoneDetails:Cougar Pass Road - Engelmann Oak Loop - Bobcat TrailKelly and I somehow both miraculously had Memorial Day off. In the past, the chances of this happening were …