Hiking with Schad

Here you’ll find my attempts at walking in the shadow of a true Southern California hiking legend, Jerry Schad. Ever since I moved to San Diego from my native Northern California it’s been Schad’s book Afoot & Afield: San Diego County: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide that has shown me most of the trails I call home now. It’s my hope to someday hike all of these Southern California trails.

 

Beaches & Bays

  • North County Coast
    1. Hosp Grove
    2. South Carlsbad to Cardiff
    3. Batiquitos Lagoon
    4. San Elijo Lagoon
  • Torrey Pines & La Jolla
    1. La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines Beach
    2. Scripps Coastal Reserve
    3. Torrey Pines State Reserve
    4. Torrey Pines Extension
    5. Crest Canyon
    6. La Jolla Caves
    7. La Jolla Coast Walk
  • Point Loma
    1. Bayside Trail
    2. Sunset Cliffs Park
  • Border Coast
    1. Tijuana River Estuary

Coastal Strip & Foothills

  • Fallbrook
    1. Santa Margarita River
    2. Rock Mountain
    3. Los Jilgueros Preserve
    4. Heller’s Bend Preserve
    5. Monserate Mountain
    6. Wilderness Gardens Preserve
  • Oceanside, Vista, & San Marcos
    1. Guajome Regional Park
    2. Calavera Preserve
    3. Rancho Carrillo
    4. Double Peak
  • Escondido
    1. Dixon Lake
    2. Daley Ranch — Tour of the Ponds
    3. Daley Ranch — Jack Creek Meadow
    4. Daley Ranch — Boulder Loop
    5. Daley Ranch — Engelmann Oak Loop
    6. Lake Wohlford
    7. Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve
    8. Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
    9. North Shore Lake Hodges
    10. Bernardo Mountain
    11. Piedras Pintadas Trail
    12. Highland Valley Trail
    13. Battle Monument Trail
    14. San Pasqual Hiking Trail
    15. Boden Canyon
  • Poway
    1. Twin Peaks
    2. Lake Poway Loop
    3. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
    4. Woodson Mountain — East Approach
    5. Woodson Mountain — West Approach
    6. Iron Mountain
    7. Goodan Ranch & Sycamore Canyon
  • Penasquitos
    1. Black Mountain — North Slope
    2. Black Mountain — South Slope
    3. Knott Grove
    4. Los Penasquitos Canyon — East Approach
    5. Los Penasquitos Canyon — West Approach
    6. Lopez Canyon
  • Golden Triangle & Clairemont
    1. Rose Canyon
    2. San Clemente Canyon
    3. Tecolote Canyon
  • Center City
    1. Florida Canyon
    2. Banker’s Hill Historic Walk
    3. Maple Canyon
  • Mission Trail Regional Park
    1. Cowles Mountain — South Approach
    2. Cowles Mountain — East Approach
    3. Cowles Mountain — Northeast Approach
    4. Pyles Peak
    5. Visitor Center Loop
    6. Rock Climber’s Loop
    7. Kumeyaay Lake
    8. Kwaay Paay Peak
    9. Oak Canyon
    10. South Fortuna Mountain
    11. North Fortuna Mountain
    12. Rim Trail
    13. Shepherd Canyon
  • Lakeside to Ramona
    1. Conejos Creek
    2. Stelzer Park
    3. Oakoasis Open Space Preserve
    4. El Capitan Open Space Preserve
    5. Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary
    6. Simon Open Space Preserve
    7. Mount Gower Open Space Preserve
  • Alpine & Jamul
    1. Crestridge Ecological Reserve
    2. Wright’s Field
    3. Viejas Mountain
    4. Loveland Reserve
    5. Sloan Canyon
    6. Sycuan Peak
    7. McGinty Mountain
    8. Hollenbeck Canyon
  • South Bay
    1. Sweetwater Trail
    2. Rice Canyon
    3. Lower Otay Vista

Mountains

  • Agua Tibia
    1. Dripping Springs Trail
    2. Agua Tibia Loop
    3. Eagle Crag
  • Palomar Mountain
    1. Scott’s Cabin & Boucher Hill Loop
    2. Thunder Spring & Chimney Flats Loop
    3. Doane Valley Nature Trail
    4. Lower Doane Valley & Lower French Valley
    5. Observatory Trail
    6. Fry Creek Trail
    7. Fry Creek to Doane Valley
    8. San Luis Rey River
    9. Love Valley
    10. Oak Grove to High Point
    11. Barker Valley
  • Warner Springs
    1. Indian Flats
    2. Hot Springs Mountain
    3. Agua Caliente Creek
    4. Caliente Wilderness
    5. Combs Peak
  • Santa Ysabel Creek
    1. Black Canyon
    2. Black Canyon to Pamo Valley
    3. Black Mountain
  • Upper San Diego River
    1. West Side Road
    2. Inaja Trail
    3. San Diego River
    4. Cedar Creek Falls
    5. Three Sisters Waterfalls
    6. Eagle Peak
  • Julian
    1. William Heise County Park
    2. Old Banner Toll Road
    3. Volcan Mountain
    4. Upper Santa Ysabel Creek
  • Cuyamaca Mountains
    1. Kelly Ditch Trail
    2. Cuyamaca Reservoir
    3. Middle Peak
    4. Sill Hill Waterfall
    5. West Side Trail
    6. Azalea Clen Trail
    7. Cuyamaca Peak
    8. Stonewall Peak
    9. Stonewall Creek & Soapstone Grade Loop
    10. Harper Creek
    11. Dyar Spring & Juaquapin Loop
    12. Oakzanita Peak
    13. East Mesa Loop
    14. West Mesa Loop
    15. Arroyo Seco & Airplane Monument Loop
    16. Pine Ridge Trail
    17. Sweetwater River Loop
    18. Guatay Mountain
  • Laguna Mountains
    1. Kwaaymii Point
    2. Garnet Peak
    3. Indian Creek Loop
    4. Pine Mountain Loop
    5. Cottonwood Canyon
    6. Oasis Spring
    7. Foster Point
    8. Lightning Ridge Trail
    9. Agua Dulce Loop
    10. Sunset Trail
    11. Big Laguna Trail
    12. Monument Peak
    13. Kwaaymii Trail
    14. Desert View Trail
    15. Wooded Hill Nature Trail
    16. Kitchen Creek Falls
    17. Cottonwood Creek Falls
    18. Noble Canyon Trail
    19. Laguna to Cuyamaca
  • Pine Creek
    1. Roberts Ranch
    2. Lawson Peak
    3. Horsethief Canyon
    4. Secret Canyon Trail
    5. Espinosa Trail
    6. Corte Madera Mountain
    7. Morena Butte
    8. Hauser Canyon
  • Border Rangers
    1. Otay Mountain
    2. Tecate Peak

Desert

  • Coyote Canyon
    1. Lower Willows
    2. Sheep Canyon
    3. South Fork Sheep Canyon
    4. Cougar Canyon
  • San Ysidro Mountains
    1. Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail
    2. Indianhead Mountain
    3. Indian Canyon & Borrego Palm Canyon Traverse
    4. Panorama Overlook
    5. San Ysidro Mountain
    6. Flat Can Canyon
    7. Lower Hellhole Canyon
    8. Culp Valley Loop
    9. California Riding & Hiking Trail
    10. Upper Hellhole Canyon
    11. Tubb Canyon
  • Coyote Mountain & Rockhouse Canyon
    1. Coyote Mountain — South Spur
    2. Coyote Mountain — East Approach
    3. Alcoholic Pass
    4. Jackass Flat & Butler Canyon
    5. Rockhouse Canyon and Valley
    6. Box Canyon to Hidden Spring
  • Santa Rosa Mountains
    1. Peak 6582
    2. Rabbit Peak via Villager Peak
    3. Rattlesnake Spring
    4. Mile-High Mountain
    5. Rock Tanks Loop
    6. Coachwhip Canyon
    7. Truckhaven Rocks
    8. Calcite Mine
    9. Palm Wash & Sheep Tanks
  • Borrego Badlands
    1. Fonts Point
    2. Seventeen Palms & Vicinity
    3. West Butte Borrego Mountain
  • San Felipe Hills & Pinyon Ridge
    1. San Felipe Hills
    2. Lizard Canyon
    3. Jasper Trail & Grapevine Canyon
    4. Yaqui Will Trail
    5. Cactus Loop Trail
    6. Bill Kenyon Trail
    7. Pinyon Ridge
  • Pinyon Mountains
    1. Narrows Earth Trail
    2. Sunset Mountain
    3. Pinyon Mountain — North Approach
    4. Harper Canyon
  • Blair Valley & Vallecito Mountains
    1. Cool Canyon
    2. Granite Mountain
    3. Mason Valley Truck Trail
    4. Oriflamme Canyon
    5. Marshal South Cabin
    6. Pictograph Trail
    7. Whale Peak — North Approach
    8. Whale Peak — West Approach
    9. Pinyon Mountain — South Approach
    10. Rainbow Canyon
  • Split Mountain & Fish Creek
    1. Elephant Trees Discovery Trail
    2. Alma Wash to Starfish Cove
    3. Split Mountain & Lycium Wash Loop
    4. Mud Hills Wash
    5. Sandstone Canyon — East Approach
    6. Sandstone Canyon — South Approach
  • Agua Caliente Springs
    1. Moonlight Trail
    2. Pond Trail
    3. Mount Laguna to Agua Caliente
  • Bow Willow & In-Ko-Pah Mountains
    1. Torote Canyon
    2. Sombrero Peak — East Approach
    3. Mountain Palm Springs
    4. Bow Willow & Rockhouse Canyons Loop
    5. Bow Willow Canyon
    6. Sombrero Peak — West Approach
    7. Pepperwood Trail to Canebrake
    8. Four Frogs & Jacumba Jim Loop
  • Carrizo Badlands
    1. Mine Peak
    2. Canyon Sin Nombre
    3. Arroyo Tapiado & Arroyo Seco del Diablo Loop
    4. The Domelands
  • Carrizo Gorge
    1. Carrizo Gorge Overlook
    2. Indian Hill & Carrizo Palms
    3. Mortero Palms to Goat Canyon
  • Jacumba Mountains
    1. Blue Angels Peak
    2. Valley of the Moon
    3. Myer Valley & Boulder Creek