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FIRST DAY HIKE AT PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK JAN. 1 CANCELLED

January 1, 2013 - First Day Hike was cancelled due to weather.

December 30, 2012 (San Diego) – Palomar Mountain State Park’s First Day Hike to welcome the New Year is January 1 at 9 a.m.  The hike will begin at the Doane Pond parking lot and start out on the heavily canopied Doane Valley Trail heading towards the meadows of French Valley.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: HIKING SAFETY TIPS

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

October 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The cooler weather is beginning to slowly settle in as we are now into Fall.  This is a great time for many of us to start those outdoor activities that we avoided during the summer heat. We have plenty of great spots to hike and enjoy the scenery here in East County (and surrounding area).

FROM THE CHIEFS CORNER: FLASH FLOOD SAFETY TIPS

 

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna, East County Magazine “In-House” Fire Chief
July 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--We are in our summer “monsoon season” which can quickly and unexpectedly bring flash floods.More people lose their LIVES in floods than in any other weather-related event. 80% of flood deaths occur in vehicles, and most happen when drivers make a single, fatal mistake - trying to navigate through flood waters.

CAMP OLIVER HELPS KIDS OF ALL INCOME LEVELS ENJOY SUMMER CAMP IN EAST COUNTY’S MOUNTAINS

 

Open House set for July 1

By Sierra Robinson

June 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --Nestled in the mountains of Descanso within Cleveland National Forest, Camp Oliver offers all children an outdoor experience and has been in operation since 1949, when Lawrence and Mary Oliver donated a portion of their ranch along the Sweetwater River to the Sisters of Social Service. 

IT'S RATTLESNAKE SEASON IN CALIFORNIA AND SAN DIEGO'S EAST COUNTY

 
June 4, 2012 (San Diego's East County) --   As springtime calls people and snakes alike to the outdoors, encounters with snakes become inevitable. California has a variety of snakes, most of which are benign. The exception is California’s only native venomous snake - the rattlesnake.

COME CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAILS DAY JUNE 2

Hikes and Cleanups to be Held at County Parks Around the Region

June 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation is inviting everyone to “live well” and celebrate National Trails Day Saturday, June 2 by hiking through or helping to clean and restore trails in County parks.

HIKING AND CAVING SAFETY TIPS FROM THE SAN DIEGO SHERIFF

 

May, 2012 (San Diego County) -- In light of recent rescues in the backcountry, the Sheriff's Department is reminding the public to be safe and prepared for caving or hiking.
Cave hiking can be challenging and require technical skills of varying levels. Caves are dark, muddy, rocky and at times quite wet. People can become easily disoriented once deep inside. Caves are an easy place to get hurt, and no one will know if you're trapped if no one knows you're there.

 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MARKS THE START OF THE RECREATION SEASON

 
May 26, 2012 (San Diego)– Camping in the southern California’s national forests can be a year-round endeavor, but for many people, the up-coming Memorial Day weekend is the time to air out the tents, dust off the hiking boots and load up on the makings for s ‘mores.
 
The school year is nearly over, and the days are warmer and longer, making it a perfect time to start reintroducing yourself and your family to the fun and excitement, and the calm and peacefulness of the Cleveland National Forest.

NATURE HIKE AT LAKE MORENA APRIL 21

April 14, 2012 (Lake Morena) -- Take a relaxing and easy hike at Lake Morena Regional County Park on April 21 at 2:30 p.m., at 2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo. During the hike you will learn about native plants in the area, and how the Kumeyaay Indians utilized the natural vegetation in their daily lives. You will also learn the history of Lake Morena.

TAKE A GUIDED HIKE OF THE EASTERN SANTA YSABEL PRESERVE APRIL 22 & 28

April 14, 2012 (Santa Ysabel) -- Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a guided hike in the beautiful Santa Ysabel Preserve.  Join park Rangers and explore the many wildflowers of the area, and watch for the varied wildlife. The April 22 hike will depart from the Highway 79 Staging area at 9:00 a.m.  The April 28 hike will leave from the Farmer Staging area located at 500 Farmer Rd.

WEEKLY RANGER LED HIKES AT WILLIAM HEISE COUNTY PARK NOW THROUGH MAY 27

April 14, 2012 (Julian) -- Join the park staff at William Heise County Park, 4945 Heise Park Rd. Julian, each Sunday in April and May at 10:30 a.m. for an easy to moderate hike through the trails of the park. The hikes will take place weather permitting. These hikes may be cold, so bring a sweater, jacket, gloves, water, and snacks.

DISCOVER OTAY VALLEY REGIONAL PARK JUNE 4 AT NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

Park Plans First Community Celebration, Opens Bayshore Bikeway Link

 

 May 28, 2011 (Otay Valley) --Otay Valley Regional Park will host its first-ever parkwide community event and open the long-awaited link between the park’s 8-mile trail system and the 26-mile Bayshore Bikeway on June 4th, National Trails Day.

 

The first-annual “Discover Otay Valley Regional Park,” will feature activities at seven different areas of Western Otay Valley Regional Park, a 2,000-acre open space in San Diego and Chula Vista with 8.2 miles of trails.

 

 

DOG DIES, 4 HIKERS RESCUED ON CEDAR FALLS TRAIL DURING 100 DEGREE HEAT

 

July 18, 2010 (Ramona) – Cal-Fire rescued four dehydrated hikers and a dog, but were unable to save a second dog that collapsed and died on the trail to Cedar Falls near Ramona on Saturday. The group had hiked more than two miles in temperatures over 100 degrees.

 

The tragedy illustrates the need for hikers to know safety tips for themselves--and their dogs.

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