Google Maps: Wooded Hill Nature Trail, GPS: 32.8548, -116.4363
Leaders: Chris Smith, (858) 740-8858, John Walters, and others
This will be our annual walk along Agua Dulce Creek in the Lagunas. We will visit forest, meadow, and riparian habitats just off the Sunrise Highway at approximately 6,000 feet elevation. A major target to be sought will be Olive-sided Flycatchers, sitting atop the tallest available snag, singing “Quick, Three Beers”. Other possible birds include Mountain Quail (most often heard “Quirk” or “T’wook”), Band-tailed Pigeons, Western Bluebirds, Brown Creepers, Mountain Chickadees, and Pygmy Nuthatches. Please dress for possible changes in the weather, and bring water. Participation is capped at 25.
Directions: Take I-8 east to Route S1 (Sunrise Highway). Go north about 8 miles, and turn left onto Wooded Hill Rd., opposite Morris Ranch Rd. Proceed to the parking area at the end of the road on the right. A National Forest Adventure Pass ($10/day, or $30/yr. – available at the general store in Mt. Laguna a few miles beyond the left hand turn-off for Wooded Hill Rd. or at many Big 5 Sport stores), or a National Parks Senior Pass is required. Porta-potties at the trailhead. Allow just over 1 hour travel time from San Diego.