A Winning Way to Tour Trails

In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, we’re excited to launch our first-ever Tour Our Trails Challenge. Comprised of 15 hikes, this progressive hiking challenge starts with five easy hikes, followed by five moderate hikes and five that are considered tough.

Participants will adventure to some of our most popular and picturesque parks – from the creek bed of Los Penasquitos County Preserve, to the hard-earned summit of El Cajon Mountain. Trails meander through valleys, mountains, deserts – even the coast – and most can be enjoyed by foot, bike and horse traffic. 

Prizes will be awarded in every category, to include commemorative stickers, reusable water bottles, canvas bags and a fabric-stitched patch! 

NOTE: Patches will be available late September; details to come.

The Tour Our Trails Challenge booklets are available to pick up at all County park ranger stations. Click here to find a park near you! There is no cost to participate and no end date. 

San Elijo Lagoon, Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Guajome Regional Park, Ramona Grasslands County Preserve, Los Penasquitos County Preserve

Louis A. Stelzer County Park, Del Dios Highlands County Preserve, Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch, Wilderness Gardens County Preserve, El Monte County Park

Santa Ysabel East County Preserve, Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, Hellhole Canyon County Preserve, Mt. Gower County Preserve, El Capitan County Preserve

Steps to participate:

  1. Pick up a booklet.
  2. Go hiking!
  3. Take pictures at the sites recommended in the booklet, or elsewhere along the trail.
  4. Sign and date your entry.
  5. When all five hikes are completed in a section, bring your booklet to a park in that group for a special prize.
  6. When all 15 are completed, email for details on how to get your limited edition patch!

View the booklet in Spanish


5 Easy Trails 

  • San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
  • Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
  • Guajome Regional Park
  • Ramona Grasslands County Preserve
  • Los Penasquitos Canyon County Preserve

5 Moderate Trails 

  • Stelzer County Park
  • Del Dios Highlands County Preserve
  • Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch
  • Wilderness Gardens County Preserve
  • El Monte County Park

5 Tough Trails 

  • Santa Ysabel County Preserve
  • Volcan Mountain County Preserve
  • Hellhole Canyon County Preserve
  • Mt. Gower County Preserve
  • El Capitan County Preserve
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