Entering Cougar Country: did you know Mountain Lions inhabit most of the diverse habitats across California?
From desert to coast, from sea level to 10,000+ feet, they play important roles in our natural communities.
Though encounters with these elusive big cats are uncommon, it is always important to remember what to do should you find yourself crossing paths with a lion:
Avoid hiking alone, especially between dusk and dawn when lions are more active.
Most lions avoid confrontation and people, but should you see one stay calm and do not run. Mountain Lions instinctively chase prey, running may trigger this instinct.
Try to appear larger, raising your hands and facing the animal loudly. Do not be afraid to fight back need be.
Remember: sightings are uncommon and encounters or attacks are even more rare.
Being prepared for hiking in wilderness areas includes knowledge of what to do in cases of wildlife interactions. (Pictured: Interpreter Michele Hernandez instructing hikers on Mountain Lion safety)
10/14/18: Today we took a scenic drive out to Julian, California and into Cuyamaca Rancho State Park where we hiked the Stonewall Peak Trail. Driving into the park we drove through misty clouds and were worried we didn’t dress warm enough (we stopped at a picnic area on the drive in to use the bathrooms and we could see our breath!) but once we got to the parking area at Paso Picacho Campground the sky was blue and the sun was warm. We got to the top and had breathtaking 365 degree views. #stonewallpeak #cuyamacaranchostatepark #sandiego #sandiegohiking #sandiegoviews #hiking #getoutdoors #nature #mountains #tjams
White tailed kite in a dive
What it looks like when we have a 60% chance of rain and you hike anyways 😐 was really hoping for clouds but it was beautiful and finally not too hot for a hike.
Check out @cuyamacaranchosp
and come hike on Sunday. I’ll talk your ear off about nature and stuff it’s fun I promise 🙃
Here are some highlights from our hike last week, please join us this Sunday! Meet at East Mesa Parking (no fee 🎉) at 9am on October 14th for a 6 mile loop through Oak and Pine trails.
Plan ahead ✔️ bring plenty of water and use the restroom before the hike because there are no facilities at the parking area. We hope to see you there! (Rain cancels guided hikes, please leave pets at home)
to our Cuyamaca Campout! 🏕 With World Mental Health Day just past, we're looking closely at how to lead a life that nourishes balance. ☯ Your wellbeing ALWAYS matters!
Mundo is all about that, whether or not you're on a retreat. This campout was a community gathering to remember all the local ways we can take care of ourselves: with just a couple doses of nature time and human connection. 💛
How are you upholding your mental health as a person, business, family member, partner, worker, creator? ✨ Share in comments to help someone out! 👇🏽#mundoadventures
Some Muleys and their cute ears from the other day
Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing ✨
A happy little native bee living in a world of golden sunflower forests 🤗🌻🐝
Today is Indigenous People's Day; remembering those who came before and remain today, carrying on traditions tied to an enduring relationship with the land.
The Kumeyaay are the people indigenous to this region, utilizing rich natural resources from the area for their daily lives and traditions still practiced today.
Evidence of the Kumeyaay people and their culture can be observed throughout Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, like this bedrock mortar that is essential in the processing of acorns to food. #IndigenousPeoplesDay
Misty fall hikes like this 👌🏼
Seeking my next adventure ⛰🏜
All the stars aligned for the Cuyamaca 100k this year. The weather was beautiful. Adding a fair amount of cycling into my training put me on fresh legs that were ready for all the hills. Even the prerace pizza ranked up there with some of those New York pizza’s from my college days.
The course had a great mix of technical and runnable sections. The markings were great, I never once had to question whether I was on course or not, even with the evening wind on loop three. Aid stations and volunteers were super helpful and kept my water bottles full and me moving. Great job @gratefuldad116.
I had an ‘A’ goal of sub 14 and a ‘B’ goal of breaking my Javelina PR last year of 15:36:10. I was ahead of my sub 14 splits through the first loop (Mile 32). I managed to keep with my splits on the climb at the beginning of loop 2, but as things leveled out and I headed back down into the aid station I didn’t have the legs to keep it up. Loop 3 I just tried to keep moving and run as much as I could. I was very happy with a 14:51:45 finish. Almost a 45 minute PR on a more difficult course.
#cuyamaca100k #cuyamacaranchostatepark #patagoniatrailrunning #altrarunning #ultimatedirection #springenergy #guroctane #squirrelsnutbutter #ultramarathon #ultrarunning #ultrarunner
We need to do this again SOON! 💗
Get you a man who wakes up at the crack of dawn on a weekend to drive an hour away for a 2-hour hike up a mountain just 'cause you wanna 💪🏻😎💕
You can see the peak from the entrance of Paso "Pikachu" Campgrounds 💗
Have you caught a glimpse of the Bald Eagles at Lake Cuyamaca? A nesting pair has been observed throughout the northern section of the park and lake area for a number of years. Our national symbol is not exactly a common sight in California, with past numbers showing a mere 20 nesting pairs across the state. Numbers have since increased and we have been excited to see one of these pairs take up residence in the park 🦅
Have you seen this plant? An underrated fall color plant in San Diego is California Buckwheat. Found throughout the county and in several varieties Buckwheat changes color as it goes to seed, creating beautiful rusty or pinkish copper hues. These reddish shades from the plant can be seen all over the park this time of year, and adds to the warm glowing fall color we all enjoy. Keep an eye out for this native plant next time you visit the park!
Bring on the colder hiking temps pleaseee #throwback
te invita a celebrar #NationalHispanicHeritageMonth
y conéctate con la #naturaleza
y tu familia en la zona prístina de las sierras del Condado de #SanDiego
Welcome! Cuyamaca Rancho State Park welcomes you to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and connect with nature and your family at San Diego's pristine slice of the sierras.
Some of the best views of our beautiful county can be found atop Cuyamaca Peak. Have you summited the second tallest peak in San Diego? If you have, please share your experience(s) in the comments below! 📷: @sashivone #hikesandiego