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

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.

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2018-08-28T05:25:30+00:00November 2nd, 2014|Categories: At Home in San Diego, Destinations, San Diego Hikes, The Great Outdoors|2 Comments

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A recovered surburbanite, mom of two and partner of one who found herself while wandering the world. Currently based in San Diego—heading to Panamá in 2020.


  1. MK January 18, 2013 at 5:42 am - Reply

    looks beautiful! and so close to San Diego. Thanks Janet!

  2. Kim Hamilton January 19, 2013 at 3:08 am - Reply

    Hello Janet… If you manage to get this in the next 24, I would love to use your posting and one or two of the photographs in our community newsletter, The Deerhorn Valley Antler. We’re just a few miles up Honey Springs Rd from Hollenbeck. Your writing is just lovely, and it would be a perfect fit for our Winter issue (due to the printer on MONDAY – yikes!) Kim Hamilton, Editor.

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