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San Elijo Recreation Center Programs

The City of San Marcos offers numerous recreation programs at the San Elijo Recreation Center located at 1105 Elfin Forest Road. Some of the programs include the Raggedy Ann & Andy Preschoolers Program (afternoon spots still available), Adventure Day Camp for school-aged children during the summer, Fun Friday Nites!, one Friday a month, and Enrichment classes including Family Music and Get Smart with Art on weekday mornings. The facility can also be rented for meetings, parties, and events. For more information, please visit www.san-marcos.net. 

Some current classes with openings are:

Get Smart with Art (2 – 5 years) – Fridays (10 – 10:45 AM)

Sound System Kids Music Program (6 months – 3 years) – Tuesdays (10:10 – 10:50 AM)

Music Makers (4 – 6 years) – Tuesdays (11:15 AM – 12 PM)

The summer edition of The City of San Marcos 360

The summer edition of the San Marcos 360 is now available online and will be delivered to San Marcos residents and businesses this week.

Featuring articles on upcoming road improvements,  emerging business industry clusters, summer recreation opportunities, water safety, wildfire preparedness, and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.

San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city of San Marcos and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings.

Inside, residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs.

The Fall Edition of San Marcos 360 City News and Recreation Guide is here

Fall Edition of San Marcos 360 is here

The 2015 fall edition of the San Marcos 360 Magazine is now available. Residents will receive the publication in their mailboxes this week. Featuring articles on developments in the San Marcos Creek District, roadway improvements, budget updates, fire prevention information and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.

San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings.

Residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs.

For more information or questions, contact Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald, (760) 744-1050, ext. 3174.

Summer Edition of the City of San Marcos 360 is online

Summer Edition of The city of San Marcos 360 is online
The 2014 summer edition of the San Marcos 360 Magazine is now available. Residents and businesses received the publication in their mailboxes last week. Featuring articles on new retailers in San Marcos, park developments, transportation updates, recreation offerings and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.


San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings. 

Residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs. 

For more information or to view the publication online, visit www.san-marcos.net/sanmarcos360

Take a hike: San Elijo Hills planned with trails in mind-Sign on San Diego

BY PRISCILLA LISTER SIGN ON SAN DIGEO

When San Elijo Hills, a 1,921-acre, 3,400-home master-planned development in San Marcos began in the mid-1990s, more than half of its acreage — 1,115 acres — was set aside as permanent open space.

When its first residents moved in during 2000, their neighborhood’s amenities included 18 miles of hiking/biking/horseback riding trails, that also welcome leashed dogs.

The highest peak in North County is reached on one of those trails, the Double Peak Trail, covered in this column recently.

I explored another trail in the San Elijo Hills system that afforded amazing views virtually 360 degrees around. I enjoyed a splendidly clear day in early November, and since that kind of weather is more common in fall and winter, grab your hiking stick and head for these hills.

I carved out a loop trail that began at the Sunset Trail at the northern edge of San Elijo Hills Park, a 19-acre community park that fronts the town square. This park is also the maintrailhead for that 18-mile network of trails.

Most of the trails are paved, and my route followed the hills and valleys of this canyon-dotted terrain, making for some semi-strenuous ups and downs.

Heading out on the Sunset Trail, School House Way Access, I descended a short way to a T-intersection, where I turned right (north), hiking down and up some canyons. You’ll see a huge power tower ahead, which is basically where I headed.

The Sunset Trail eventually hits a suburban street, where gates prohibit vehicular access to these trails. Take a right here, past another gate across the road, and walk a short way up to the continuation of the trail on your left, here made from decomposed granite.

This trail winds up, again heading for that power tower. Where the grade is so steep that a sign here asks bikers to walk their bikes uphill, an alternate switchback trail immediately to the right takes hikers up to the same spot more gradually.

As you look around, you can see the Batiquitos and Agua Hedionda lagoons, the power plant on the coast in Carlsbad, and even a faraway glimpse of high-rises that are likely in the UTC area.

At the top of that switchback, the trail hits another intersection: left to Lake San Marcos trails and right to the Ridgeline Connector Trail. I took the left to see the lake. READ MORE VIA SIGN ON SAN DIEGO

A tale of two trails: Double Peak in San Marcos pulls double duty-San Diego UT

Sunset at Double Peak Park

Image by jimmsgi via Flickr

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

 

Ridgeline Trailhead to open to public on Friday

 

san elijo hills trail

Image San Elijo Life

 

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).

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