A nice piece on how special the trails, nature and Double Peak are to the San Elijo Hills Community and North Country Residents.
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The San Marcos Fire started (3:30pm) behind Cal State San Marcos. The fire looks to have moved west into Hanson Property and Double Peak Park. Evacuations ordered for San Elijo Hills. Cal Fire air support and 30 engines are on scene. We are posting updates and photos on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SanElijoLife
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San Marcos School District has closed all schools on Thursday and hope to open Friday.
WE WILL UPDATE THIS POST
City update: http://www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us/index.aspx?page=24&recordid=1016&returnURL=/index.aspx?page=1
Cal Fire brings in DC 10 to drop from the air (Fire Retardant)
Sounds like Mt Whittney the tall peak east of San Elijo Hills has burnt like it did last fire in 2007. Fire looks to be moving east towards Harmony Grove
Update from County Sheriff
This is the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department with an emergency message and evacuation information on May 14th, 2014 at 6:30pm. There is a wildfire burning in the Elfin Forrest, San Elijo, Cal State San Marcos, and Discovery Hills area of San Marcos. The fire department is actively working to suppress the fire but there is concern that the fire may spread so an evacuation order has been issued for your area. All residents can evacuate to Mission Hills HS at 1 Mission Hills Ct or San Marcos Middle School at 650 W. Mission Rd. If you need emergency assistance in evacuation, call 9-1-1. If you need additional information call the San Diego county Information Line by dialing 2-1-1 or visit their website at www.SDCountyEmergency.com.
SAN MARCOS’ DOUBLE PEAK OFFERS DOUBLE TREATSDramatic views from Catalina to San Jacinto, and bountiful displays of birdlife
On a clear day, hike up Double Peak in San Marcos for an amazing view that includes the snow-capped San Jacinto Mountains to the northeast and San Clemente and Catalina islands to the far west, with a lot of North County in between.
Read More via SAN MARCOS’ DOUBLE PEAK OFFERS DOUBLE TREATS Page 1 of 2 | UTSanDiego.com.
Something is blooming nearly every month of the year on this network of trails to and around Double Peak in San Marcos’ Cerro de la Posas Hills. About 80 percent of the “trails” are fire or service roads, usually paved and up to ten feet wide. The main exception is the Secret Trail, a well-maintained footpath through the chaparral. READ MORE VIA SD READER
The San Marcos Fitness Roundup was a fun-filled event offering something for everyone with a 5K run/walk, challenging 11K trail run up to the top of Double Peak and back and a post-race festival.
The San Marcos Fitness Roundup is a fun-filled event offering something for everyone with a community 5K run/walk, challenging 11K mostly trail run up to the top of Double Peak and back and a post-race festival.
Register for the Double Peak Challenge 11K and receive a timing tag, commemorative medal, a technical T-shirt and a physical challenge and views from Double Peak that you won’t soon forget! Space is limited to the first 500 participants to register for this unique event.
Register for the Community 5K Run/Walk and receive a timing tag, cotton T-shirt and a fun, relatively flat course around the Cal State San Marcos campus and surrounding city streets.
After your race, enjoy an awards ceremony featuring custom awards and Running Center gift certificates to age-group and overall winners, drawing prizes, tasty treats, live entertainment provided by Cowboy Jack and the North County Cowboys, exciting vendor booths and more.
BY DOUG WILLIAMS-San Diego Union Tribune
Double Peak Trail in San Marcos draws mountain bikers as well as hikers.
SAN MARCOS — In literary terms, the trip up Double Peak can be told in two ways.
There is the novel, and then there is the short story.Preview
The long version makes for a nice morning or afternoon outing up Double Peak Trail — just one piece of the city of San Marcos’ extensive trail system — that ends at the 1,644-foot summit.
At 5 miles round trip, starting from Discovery Lake Park, the trail is long enough and steep enough for a good workout, but also family-friendly enough that almost all ages can do it – with a few rest stops, perhaps.
For those who live nearby, it’s a release valve.
It’s a trail Brad Freese of San Marcos says he tries to do “at least once a week.” I enjoy it,” Freese said, pausing as he headed uphill on a recent late afternoon. “It’s nice to be 10 minutes from home and essentially have the chance to get out on a trail, out in the open, without having to go out to the Cuyamacas or someplace like that. It’s very nice.”
The trail begins at Discovery Lake, where hikers – and mountain bikers – take off on a wide path that crosses a spillway bridge and then climbs steadily toward the new hillside homes of the Stone Canyon development.
Here, the way is paved and you hardly feel as if you’re headed into the wilds, but the views — looking back down on the little lake and new homes — are immediately rewarding.
After following the signs through a small section of the housing development, you’ll come out the other side onto a well-groomed dirt track. Follow the trail signs as you head higher on switchbacks cut into hills covered with such plants as manzanita, scrub oak, a few remaining wildflowers and coyote bush.
Below, built into canyons, you’ll see red-tile roofs and blue backyard pools of the new development, a contrast of colors against the dry, wild vegetation of browns and light greens.
But remember to keep your eyes on the trail. Even though you may not feel like you’re out in the wilds, critters are about. As I focused on a roadrunner up ahead on the trail, I nearly stepped on a rattlesnake. Be careful out there.
Eventually, about a half-mile from the top — as hikers pass through a gate that carries a sign warning of recent mountain lion sightings — the dirt trail intersects with a paved, two-lane road. And it’s here where the short-story version of Double Peak is unveiled. You find out you could have driven to the top.
The long story: A 2.5-mile uphill walk.
The short story: A quick drive from San Elijo Road on the other side of the mountain to Double Peak Drive to Double Peak Park. READ MORE VIA SD UT
The new Ridgeline Trailhead in San Marcos will open to the public on Friday, October 15, 2010. The trailhead is located at 102 San Elijo Road, about two miles south of SR-78 on Twin Oaks Valley Road.
The Ridgeline Trailhead includes vehicle and horse trailer parking, restrooms, drinking fountains, shaded picnicking, views of South Lake (a future city park location), and trail access to the Lakeview, Double Peak and Ridgeline trails. There are also bicycle racks and horse tie rails available at the site.
The $1 million trailhead was funded through an agreement with the developers of San Elijo Hills. The agreement also included the development of the entire ridgeline trail system, open space, remote group picnic area, Double Peak Park and San Elijo Park.
The Ridgeline Trailhead provides one of the easiest access points to the Cerro De Las Posas Ridgeline as the trail access location is at the same elevation as much of the Ridgeline trail. Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a more vigorous hike, bike or horseback ride may do the five-mile loop down to Discovery Lake and then back up Twin Oaks Valley Road. There is also a slightly shorter look up to Double Peak Park using the Double Peak Trail and then returning via the Secret Trail.
The City of San Marcos features a proposed 72 miles multi-use trail system. There are 56 miles of existing trails currently that are great for hiking, biking, running, equestrian use and more.
For more information, please call the San Marcos Community Services Department at (760) 744-9000 or visit www.san-marcos.net (Departments/Community Services/Trails).