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Trail to Bay Challenge

Become an outdoor champion and complete the 

TRAIL TO BAY CHALLENGE

Take 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 educator and you will learn about the rich biodiversity of our local environment, ways to identify native wildlife and plants, and more. The Living Coast cleanups will take place at various locations throughout the year. You will join other families and volunteers passionate about making an impact in their community and help clean up areas near the bay affected by trash and debris. You will also learn ways to conserve our planet, recycle and compost by making small changes in your daily lives.

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

We will host several cleanups and hikes throughout the year.

The Living Coast is proud to partner with the City of Chula Vista on the Trail to Bay Challenge.


 

Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m at Rice Canyon

Saturday, January 12th, 2019 – 9 a.m.- 10:30a.m. at Morrison Pond

Sunday, January 20th, 2019 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Otay Valley Regional Park

Saturday, February 16, 2019 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m at Rice Canyon

Sunday, February 24th, 2019 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Morrison Pond

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m at Mother Miguel

Sunday, March 17th, 2019 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m at Mother Miguel 

RSVP to attend hikes by emailing education@thelivingcoast.org 

*Location and times may vary depending on extreme weather conditions. RSVP’d guests will be notified ahead of time. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:30 – 11:30 at D Street Fill Refuge.

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 8:30 – 11:30 Salt Works, Chula Vista.

RSVP by emailing tina@thelivingcoast.org

 

All hikes are open to the Public; RSVP by email  education@thelivingcoast.org

Questions?  Please contact us at 619-409-5908 or email  education@thelivingcoast.org

Most hikes will have two options to accommodate all participants. Click here to see the rankings and descriptions of the various trails to see which location and terrain best fits your family’s abilities and interest

How to Prepare

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It is also recommended to bring enough water for the hike, keeping in mind the time of year and temperatures. Dehydration can set in quickly, and it is recommended to bring.5 liter of water per mile. Don’t forget to dress for the weather, bring a jacket and dress in layers, if necessary.

Courtesy

Although most sites allow leashed pets, we ask that you keep your pets at home to prevent any disruption to wildlife. Please do not litter or smoke on the trails. Guests of all ages are welcome, but an adult must be present for participants under the age of 18. Please limit phone conversations while on the hike as they are a distraction to your fellow hikers. We ask that these hikes be reserved for families and friends, large groups of 15 or more should inquire about a private hike option by contacting the Living Coast Education Department, education@thelivingcoast.org.

Parking

All locations have free parking, but spots may be limited. It is suggested to plan ahead and arrive early. All hikes will have a designated location for the group to meet along with a large canopy for identification located nearby the parking lot.

Cleanups

Families and friends are encouraged to join the Living Coast Discovery Center for clean-up events once per month. Locations will vary in and throughout Chula Vista. These opportunities will enable citizens to help make a difference in their community. As the host, the Living Coast will provide all necessary tools for the cleanups. Please dress appropriately. Prior to each cleanup, it is recommended you contact the Living Coast to confirm your spot and to receive important details and instructions. If you plan to complete the Trail to Bay Challenge you are required to participate in one clean up event. 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.