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A Tasty New Program: TRAILS & ALES

The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) has partnered with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, the San Dieguito River Vally Conservancy, and the Volcan Mountain Foundation as part of a titillating new program called Trails & Ales! As part of this hiking series each conservancy/foundation will be providing a unique guided-hiking experience on their land, followed by a trip to a local brewery.

For more about the program, or to see all the hikes offered for the spring/summer series click here.  Although this season sold out almost immediately after announcing the program, we plan to offer it again for fall 2016.


The Date

TECC’s hike will occur on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00AM-1:30PM. The hike will take approximately two hours, and the brewery visit will take approximately an hour.

The Trail

Hiking difficulty: Easy to Moderate

TECC has preserved over 3,000 acres of land in the Escondido Creek watershed. Most of these lands are not available for recreation. As part of the Trails & Ales program, we’ll be giving participants access to a spectacular hike that is normally off limits to the public: the newly acquired TECC property known as the Los Cielos Reserve.

The Los Cielos Reserve is 700+ acres west of–and adjacent to–the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.  Once slated for a housing development, TECC was ultimately able to purchase this beautiful land for preservation in perpetuity.  While normally not open to the public, Trails & Ales participants will be given exclusive access to the the scenic panoramic views that Los Cielos provides.

The Ales

After the hike, our intrepid group will head over to the world-renowned Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido. All participants in TECC’s hike will receive a 10% discount of food and drinks.

The Guide

Kevin Bernard is the President of TECC and a life-long resident of San Diego County. He’s also a retired police officer, so behave yourselves around him 🙂