Hollenbeck Canyon

Jamul, California 91935

Hollenbeck Canyon

Hollenbeck Canyon Professional Guide

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"Formerly part of a working ranch, Hollenbeck Canyon is now a California Department of Fish and Game wildlife area covering more than 6,000 acres. While primarily serving as protected habitat for birds, animals, and native vegetation, portions are open to all types of nonmotorized travel, plus a bit of seasonal bird hunting.

Like many low-elevation inland locales in San Diego County, Hollenbeck Canyon has a Jekyll and Hyde personality, sunblasted and desolate for the most part in summer and gloriously green—almost lush—in the winter and early spring, when splashes of wildflower color may be found all along this hike. This dichotomy is due purely to the prevailing Mediterranean climate of winter-wet, summer-dry."

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"The acquisition of approximately 3500 acres of Daley Ranch property near Jamul in 2001 by California’s Wildlife Conservation Board led to the establishment of the Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, now being managed by the California Department of Fish and Game. About half of the property remains closed to the public, while the remaining half is open for hiking, horseback riding, and seasonal bird hunting (late October through January)." Read more

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I did this hike with my 3 year old son and we loved it. There was lots of shade, and he liked playing by the water. It's a pretty mellow trail, very serene.
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This is a great hike. With the large shade trees and the water crossings, well it made my lab happy. The view from whats left of the original house is beautiful. Would like to see a little more wildlife. Worth the drive if you don't live in East County.

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Dec 2018