Hollenbeck Canyon Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."