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San Diego County, California

Headwaters of Hahachepahg on Volcan Mountain

Headwaters of Hahachepahg on Volcan Mountain (Grade 5)
4.0 hours
This field trip includes everything from the Watershed Investigators experience, however, instead of hiking the shorter Watershed trail, students will go on an exciting adventure to the summit of the 1.5-mile Sky Island Trail. Discover why the native Kumeyaay named Volcan Mountain, “Hahachepahg” meaning, “Place where the water comes down.” Learn how water travels through watersheds or “waterhoods” of diverse plants, animals, and people on its way from the mountains to the ocean.
Students will create a “rainstorm” on our 3D map of Volcan Mountain and conduct scientific investigations to determine water quality. Afterward, students will travel to the ancient headwaters at Ironside Spring to see where the San Dieguito River begins. After lunch, they will hike up the Sky Island Trail which culminates in a spectacular view of the San Dieguito River watershed. On a clear day it is possible to see the ocean ― the final destination of the water that originates on Volcan Mountain! Contact Us to Learn More and Schedule Your Nature Adventure!