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Trail to Bay Challenge

Become an outdoor champion and complete the 


Join the challenge by attending three hikes and one cleanup hosted by the Living Coast Discovery Center. 

What is the challenge about? 

The Trail to Bay Challenge is free to join. Every hike will be guided by an instructor and you will learn about our environment,  ways to identify animals, plants and more. During our cleanups, you will join other families and volunteers passionate about making an impact and will be cleaning up areas near the bay affected by trash and debris. You will also learn ways to conserve our planet, recycle and compost.

Groups that complete the Trail to Bay Challenge will get a family four pack per household (valued at $64).

We will host several cleanups and hikes throughout the year.

This program is done in partnership with the City of Chula Vista 


Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Otay Valley Regional Park.

Meet at Ranger Station 

For information or directions email Jenny@thelivingcoast.org or call (414)213-8027

Check back for details.

All hikes are open to the Public; No reservations required to attend hikes

Questions? Call or email the Education line at the Living Coast Discovery Center

619-409-5908  education@thelivingcoast.org

Most hikes will have two options to better accommodate all guests joining us. Click here to see the rankings and descriptions of our hikes to see which location best fits your family’s abilities and interest.

How to Prepare

When coming on a hike you may want to consider wearing comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It is also recommended to bring enough water for your hike, keep in mind the time of year and heat. Dehydration can set in quickly, and it is recommended to bring to bring .5 liter of water per mile. Don’t forget to dress for the weather, bring a jacket and wear layers, if necessary.


Although most sites allow leashed pets, we ask that you keep your pets at home so they do not disrupt any wildlife we may see while on our hike. Please do not litter or smoke on the trail. Guests of all ages are welcome, but an adult must be present for guests under the age of 18. Please limit phone conversations while on the hike as they are a distraction to other guests and the educator. We ask that these hikes be reserved for families and friends, large groups of 15 or more should inquire about a private hike option with education@thelivingcoast.org


All locations have free parking, but spots may be limited. It is suggested to plan ahead and find your parking options for the area as some locations may have multiple parking options. All hikes will have a designated starting location with a large canopy for identification located near a parking location.


Once a month the Living Coast Discovery Center will also host a clean-up where families and friends can come and help clean up a location in Chula Vista. These opportunities will allow citizens to help make a difference in their community. As the host, the Living Coast Discovery Center provides all necessary tools for the clean-ups. Just as with the hikes, dress appropriately. We do ask that you call ahead prior to the clean up so we can confirm all details per that location as well as give you the necessary waiver to participate. If you plan to complete the Trail to Bay Challenge you are required to attend one clean up. More information about upcoming cleanups and how to make a reservation can be found here

Hike Locations 

Morrison Pond

pond and bench

Join us as we discover the bugs and animals that call Morrison Pond home! Help us search for turtles, birds, and bugs as we take a guided walk around the pond. This hike will take place along a flat gravel trail that is ranked easy and will focus on wildlife that lives nearby and rely on water to survive.


Otay Valley Regional ParkOtay

Come with us as we become master trackers on the trails of Otay Valley Regional Park. Learn how to identify tracks of different animals and how scientists study scat (animal droppings) to learn about animal diets and health. This hike will take place along a flat gravel trail that is ranked easy and will have two length options.


Sweetwater Marsh Trails and Bird Blind (10)

Come walk the trails of the Sweetwater Marsh and learn about the importance of this National Wildlife Refuge to all living things. On the hike, we will focus on discovering the many different species of birds that depend on the Refuge, including the endangered light-footed Ridgway’s rail! This is our easiest trail and is wheelchair and stroller accessible.


Rice Canyonpicnic space

Join us as we walk the trails of Rice Canyon and discover the variety of native plants that can be found there. Learn about the important role native plants play in the ecosystem. We will also learn how the native Kumeyaay Indians used these plants in their daily life. This is a mild to moderate walking trail with some uneven surfaces.


Mother Miguel Mountain Mother miguel

Join us as we hike and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of Mother Miguel. We will have opportunities to see Sweetwater Reservoir, the Pacific Ocean, and even take a photo next to the Rock House. On our hike, we will discover what a watershed is and see the entire journey water takes from mountain to ocean. This is the most difficult hike and is best for more experienced hikers.