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California whitewater, Escondido Creek

San Diego county, San Elijo Canyon: Elfin Forest Preserve to Camino Del NoRoute Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     6.6 miles
 
Please put in south of the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve boundaries. Elfin Forest Rangers often turn people away when they show up trying to raft this section of creek.

The scenic beauty of San Diego County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Escondido Creek in San Diego County is 6.6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. This stretch has
    has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,
this area has a pretty small number of paddling rivers. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. Escondido Creek doesn't have a lot of paddling sections, the San Elijo Canyon: Elfin Forest Preserve to Camino Del  
    NoRoute Road section is the only one. If you're coming from San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general
  area:
If you're here, you might as well take a look at San Elijo Canyon, and Escondido Creek is a place with many visitors from Rancho Santa Fe. South Carlsbad State Beach is a beach near Escondido Creek that you can stop by, and when you're here it's always fun to visit San Pasqual Battlefield State Park. A river like this is too good to miss. Nothing beats kicking back at Torrey Pines State Beach; Torrey Pines State Beach is a good location to stretch your legs a bit.

Escondido Creek, San Elijo Canyon: Elfin Forest Preserve to Camino Del NoRoute Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Escondido Creek.
 Whitewater Near Escondido Creek:
Los Penasquitos Creek, San DiegoCounty, 9 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 9 miles long (I-15 to I-5)
Whitewater Outfitter - The Adventure Center, San DiegoCounty, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Santa Margarita River, San DiegoCounty, 24 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 9 miles long (Murrieta Creek to Sandia Creek Road)
 Ski Areas Near Escondido Creek:
Snow Valley, California , 68 miles away, 1041 foot drop, 11 lifts, 30 runs
Snow Summit, California , 71 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 14 lifts, 31 runs
Bear Mountain, California , 71 miles away, 1665 foot drop, 12 lifts, 34 runs
Mt. Baldy, California , 76 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 28 runs
Ski Sunrise, California , 83 miles away, 816 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Mountain High, California , 83 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 16 lifts, 62 runs
Mt Waterman, California , 86 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Escondido Creek:
Fiddler's Cove Navy RV Campground, San Diego , 9 miles away
Snug Harbor Marina, Carlsbad , 11 miles away
Campland On the Bay, San Diego , 16 miles away
Dana Landing, San Diego , 18 miles away
Sea World Marina, San Diego , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Escondido Creek:
Torrey Pines State Beach, San Diego , 9 miles away
South Carlsbad State Beach, San Diego , 10 miles away
Blacks Beach, San Diego , 11 miles away
Torrey Pines City Beach, San Diego , 12 miles away
La Jolla Shores Beach, San Diego , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Escondido Creek:
Rancho Valencia Resort And Spa, Rancho Santa Fe , 3 miles away
The Inn At Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Fe , 3 miles away
LakeHouse Hotel And Resort, San Marcos , 4 miles away
Ramada Limited San Marcos, San Marcos , 4 miles away
Hampton Inn San Marcos CA, San Marcos , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Escondido Creek:
Cleveland Boulder Oaks Eqst - Cleveland National Forest, San Diego, 6 miles away
Crestline Group - Cleveland National Forest, San Diego, 6 miles away
Falcon Group - Cleveland National Forest, San Diego, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Escondido Creek:
Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego - CA , 20 miles away
San Pasqual Battlefield State Park, California , 10 miles away
Torrey Pines State Beach, California , 10 miles away
Torrey Pines State Reserve State Park, California , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Escondido Creek:
Crosby National Golf Club, San Diego , 3 miles away
Lake San Marcos Executive Golf Course, San Marcos , 4 miles away
Santaluz Golf Club, San Diego , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Escondido Creek
Lake Hodges, San Diego , 4 miles away
Pechstein Reservoir, San Diego , 7 miles away
Calavera Lake, San Diego , 9 miles away

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