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Year 8 Coast to Crest Challenge is On!

Updated: Jul 3

For the eighth straight year, hikers can sample San Dieguito River Park’s trail network by completing the Coast to Crest Trail Challenge.

Starting July 1, participants are encouraged to begin this year’s series of five hikes and finish them in any order.

Hikers can go solo or explore the beautiful backcountry with spouses, sweethearts, besties, kids, dogs or any combination of the above.

The challenge is designed to get people outdoors to appreciate the natural beauty that is so close to their homes.

“With all the bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to forget that outdoor experiences are right within reach,” said Cheryl Goddard, executive director.  “The Coast to Crest Trail Challenge gives you a reason to get outside and have fun in nature.”

To earn a patch and the bragging rights that come with finishing all five hikes, participants shoot and submit selfies from the trails.

The deadline to complete the Year 8 series is June 30, 2025.

For some of the hikes, the Conservancy organizes “Walk N Talk” outings for groups. Hikers can register for Walk N Talk hikes on the Conservancy’s website.

The 2024-25 hikes (and Walk N Talk dates) are:

Hike 1 Bernardo Mountain Lake View Trail (Walk N Talk July 26)

Hike 2

Piedras Pintadas Trail (Walk N Talk Aug. 30)

Hike 3

Del Dios Gorge Trail (Walk N Talk Sept. 27)

Hike 4

Upper Santa Ysabel Truck Trail (Walk N Talk Oct. 25)

Hike 5

North Clevenger Canyon (Walk N Talk TBD)

Year after year, Liz Belloso of Cardiff gets her girlfriends together to finish the Coast to Crest Trail Challenge hikes.

“I love being out in nature,” Belloso said. “There’s nothing better for your lungs, your attitude, your brain—everything!”

One reason the Challenge works for her is that she likes to cross things off of a list. She also cherishes spending prime time with friends.

“As busy as everyone is today, you don’t often get the luxury of time to really catch up,” Belloso said. “When you’re out walking together for two to four hours, you’re able to connect at a deeper level than if you’re just high-fiving in the hallway.”



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