Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary Trail is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Lakeside, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until July.
The 785-acre Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary, located near Lakeside, is owned and maintained by San Diego Audubon. Its purpose is to preserve in as complete and natural a state as possible a prime area of coastal chaparral and riparian woodland. It is available for hiking, guided walks, bird watching, passive research, and education. Over 324 native plant species and 124 bird species have been recorded there, as well as numerous reptile and mammal species, including mule deer, bobcat, and raccoon. Open to visitors from 9am to 4pm on Sundays. Closed in August and September due to fire danger. www.sandiegoaudubon.org/our-work/sanctuaries/Silverwood-wildlife-sanctuary
this was a fun hike. all the trails connect at some point. you can make it as hard or easy as you want. it has climbs if you want to climb.
Clarification: DON'T GO DOWN OLD BARONA RD. continue on Wildcat Canyon. Visit www.sandiegoaudubon.org/our-work/sanctuaries/Silverwood-wildlife-sanctuary and enjoy!
First, I'd like you to look at my name. :) that's right: Silverwood! They say the name comes from either the color of the bark or the silver sheen of the light playing on the leaves. It's one of my new favorites. I didn't find much shade, although there is some. NOTE: the address is 13003 Wildcat Canyon Rd in Lakeside. New signage is in the works. Don't follow directions on an iPhone--you'll end up down Old Barona Rd wondering where the meth lab is ;) Just keep going past the (incorrect) left turn down Old Barona Rd and you'll see a sign that says "Silverwood 500 ft." I always wondered about that sign, and I'm a little saddened that I've been missing out this whole time. Then there's a sign that says "Silverwood entrance." It's almost to Barona, just before the boundary of the res. Owned and maintained by the San Diego Audubon, this is not to be missed. It's worth the trek. **It's open Sundays 9am to 4pm, with guided hikes available. The resident manager, Paul, is really knowledgeable and friendly. Please feed the donation box while you are there, and bring a camera and water (gets warm out there). Some of the trails are uphill, great views, lots of options, wild flowers, wildlife, amazing smells (think sage), highly recommended! Of course, I'm partial. Plan to ride out with my dad on the motorbike when he returns to the States. :D
Right next to the El Capito trail its strange these trails are less known. Theres a good couple trails here and plenty of shade, and theres birds everywhere!