"An ever-steepening trek on a wide, welldefined dirt road up into the Del Dios–area highlands offers a taxing climb rewarded by panoramic views. At the top, the trail hooks into the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve system, which allows for all-day hiking if you choose." Read more
"On its roughly 50-mile course from the mountain crest near Julian to the beach at Del Mar, the combined Santa Ysabel Creek/San Dieguito River courses through several steep and narrow canyons. The lowest of these, the Del Dios Gorge, is partly inundated by Lake Hodges, a reservoir whose concrete-arch dam began to impound the waters of the San Dieguito River in 1918.
Below that dam today, a steep section of the gorge remains in evidence. A section of the Coast to Crest Trail, which will one day stretch the entire length of the San Dieguito River and its main tributary, Santa Ysabel Creek, threads its way right down the gorge." Read more