In 1986, a group of residents concerned about the growing development in North County founded the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Today, the Conservancy preserves, protects and shares the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore habitats, establish educational programs, create interpretive centers, encourage recreation and mobilize public support. The nonprofit works with the San Dieguito River Park to offer a variety of conservation, education, and recreation programs.
Visitors looking for Hiking trails in San Diego and to get in touch with nature without making a long drive need only visit the San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar or Lake Hodges in Rancho Bernardo, or join one of many guided hikes. Other events offer chances to get your hands dirty planting natives for habitat restoration projects or practice yoga next to the Lagoon.
Every San Diegan should add “hike the Coast to Crest Trail” to their bucket list—so far, 45 of the planned 70 miles are complete, along with 19 miles of community trails. Trail segments meander along the Lagoon, stretch through Del Dios Gorge, pass by historically significant Mule Hill and ascend the summit of Volcan Mountain.