After updating our trip notes in my See More, Do More, Live More – The Airstream Travel Journal notebook, we hiked the Cedar Trail and noticed that there are new signs, including one that alerted us that we were “Entering Mountain Lion Country”. Cedar Trail is a one-mile loop trail that mostly stays under a canopy of oak, pine, and cedar trees representative of William Heise County Park, in San Diego, California.
“Better to have campers take their dogs on the trails with a leash, than leave them alone at the campsite,” said the ranger. We were thrilled with this new and progressive policy and took our Corgis, Mac and Tasha, on their first hike on a county trail.
Keeping an eye out for mountain lions, we rested on a bench near Cedar Creek and marveled at the magnificent trees and chorus of bird sounds.
Continuing on the trail, we saw dead oak trees killed by the goldspotted oak borer beetle, which has killed 80,000 oak trees in San Diego County over the past ten years.* The 2003 Cedar Fire has also taken a toll here, but we celebrated the re-growth of trees, such as the California incense cedar, Calocedrus decurrens, coming up through holes in the oak canopy.
We also spotted wild turkeys in this park and noticed that they did not seem as plentiful compared to when we first camped here six years ago. Wild turkeys are considered a good “indicator species” and may reflect the health of an entire ecosystem.
One of the trails from the Cedar Trail back to the campground passes by the cabin area. These new William Heise Park cabins* are aesthetically pleasing, blend in well with the environment, and do not block views or replace RV campsites.
*This is a YouTube video.