Friday, February 1, 2019 - 8:00 AM Hellhole Canyon Hike - the Big Loop

This hike starts at the Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, descends steeply to Hell Creek, and then begins a long ascent on the Paradise and Rodriquez Mountain trails. Hikers will be rewarded at the top with a ridge walk straddling Pauma Valley and Valley Center.

This hike is rated advanced. The hike is strenuous; participants should be physically fit and have recent experience walking longer than two hours. The hike includes steep, sustained uphill and unstable downhill sections. The total distance is about eight miles; hikers should plan to hike for four hours or more at a moderate pace. The hike is on established trails, some narrow. Wear long pants, footwear you can count on, and sun protection; bring water.

Meeting place: Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, 19324 Santee Lane, Valley Center. Take Woods Valley Road for 3.9 miles. Continue onto Paradise Mountain Rd for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto Los Hermanos Ranch Rd/Paradise Mtn Rd and immediately turn left onto Kiavo Rd. Take Kiavo Rd. for .5 miles to Santee Lane and make a left to the preserve entrance.

Heavy rain during 24 hours before hike or steady rain one hour in advance of start time cancels hike. Notice will be given on VCTA FaceBook page.

Questions? Email the Trail Master: anitanoone@gmail.com

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Monday, January 21, 2019 - 8:00 AM Hellhole Canal Loop Hike

This hike, which is not on the official map of the Preserve, starts at the Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, crosses parcels of land that were recently acquired, and returns by another route. We will have access to the area thanks to Friends of Hellhole Canyon; Friends President Joaquin Aganza will lead the hike along with the VCTA Trail Master.

This hike is rated moderate; participants should be physically fit and have some recent experience walking longer than an hour. The hike is on established trails, some narrow. The total distance is about three miles and includes steep uphill sections. Plan on the hike lasting about two hours. Long pants, water, and sun protection recommended.

Meeting place: Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, 19324 Santee Lane, Valley Center. Take Woods Valley Road for 3.9 miles. Continue onto Paradise Mountain Rd for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto Los Hermanos Ranch Rd/Paradise Mtn Rd and immediately turn left onto Kiavo Rd. Take Kiavo Rd. for .5 miles to Santee Lane and make a left to the preserve entrance.

Heavy rain during 24 hours before hike or steady rain one hour in advance of start time cancels hike. Notice will be given on VCTA FaceBook page.

Questions? Email the Trail Master: anitanoone@gmail.com

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Valentines for Mountain Lions

Join us at the Valley Center Library for a highly informative presentation by Beth Pratt, author of When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors, California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation and lifelong wildlife advocate.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Valley Center Library

29200 Cole Grade Rd.

Beth Pratt has worked in environmental leadership roles for almost thirty years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. Although most of her career has been spent in national parks, she now focuses her work on helping wildlife in cities.

“What I love about my work with the National Wildlife Federation and our partners is how it transforms people, myself included. As someone who spent most of my career working in remote wilderness areas, my main conservation priority is now focused on urban wildlife and creating co-existence strategies in our human spaces. The future of conservation is about the integral link between wildlife and people – and cities are vital to forging those links.”

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