This morning Ryan and I wanted to head out and do some hiking (seeing as I didn't have a run on the schedule). We grabbed Walt, a little water, and jumped in the truck. We had heard good things about some local trails over in Escondido, so we decided to check them out.
We left the house around 9:30am, getting over to Daley Ranch around 10 (the reviews I read on Yelp said that parking can get pretty bad later, not to mention it was supposed to be in the 80s by mid-day, so we wanted to get an earlier start on the hike).
I'll admit that I didn't do much research about the trails before we arrived, but figured checking out the Daley Ranch House might be cool, so we stuck to that path. It ended up being a paved trail to the house, which was nice (especially for Walt's little legs), and then dirt past it. It was rather hilly, but nothing too strenuous. We took a few detours along the way (and quite a few sniff breaks), but we ended up getting in about 4 miles in an hour and a half.
|The entrance gate|
|Ryan and Walt walking along the path|
|But first, let's take a selfie!|
|I hope folks leave some support for our local trails!|
|Taking a load off (or just trying to get a shot with me and Walt)|
|Didn't realize it was a private residence, so all you could do was look at the outside of it...|
|One of the old outbuildings|
|The old barn|
|Another shot of the old barn|
|The views of Escondido|
|The clouds stuck around so it didn't get too hot out|
|I'm sure if we ever got rain this area would be filled with wildflowers|
|The paved path was a bit hilly|
|A decent incline, especially for wiener dog legs!|
|Passed the Daley Ranch House was a dirt trail that we took for another mile or so|
|Walt isn't sure why we won't let him eat all the coyote or horse poo...|
|And why not try to do a mini photo shoot while we are at it!|
|Walt is too cool for school!|
|The camera just kept on going... Too bad I only have about 4 faces...|
We will definitely be back to check out more of the trails. The area is said to have ponds, but with the extreme drought all we saw were some muddy areas that might have had water there in the past...
Are there local trails near where you live? Do you take advantage of them?