Hollenbeck Canyon Hike
LOCATION: Near intersection of Campo Rd & Honey Springs Rd, Jamul
MAP + INFO: Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area
PARKING: Small (free) dirt lot near the trailhead
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate
APPX. LENGTH OF TIME: 2-3 hours
Who doesn’t love towering majestic oak trees and meadows? Not only does the 3,200-acre Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area have them, but it’s also home to mountains, coastal sage scrub, wild flowers (in the spring), a small creek (when it rains), warbling birds, horseback riders, and a canyon. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a hawk or two—exceptionally lucky, an eagle.
It’s peaceful here. Go it alone or bring your pup or a date. I can personally vouch for late afternoon being one of the best times to be on the Hollenbeck Canyon hike trail. And, if you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, it’s here—underneath one of those aforementioned royal oaks or at the top of one of those mountains.