Adjacent to Hidden Meadows in the North Eastern portion of Escondido is a beautiful natural preserve called Daley Ranch. Native Californians frequented these hills and valleys for centuries before it became a ranch. Evidence of them can be found in the boulder caves and boulder tops where holes were ground by the Native Women to prepare food. In 1869, Daley Ranch was founded by a young English immigrant by the name of Robert Daley. Mr. Daley was granted two official parcel claims consisting of 1600 acres each. The Daley Family farmed the land, raised horses and livestock, and founded a dairy. Robert Daley died in 1916 and the Family moved to Jamul. They continued to operate the Farm and Dairy until the mid 1900’s.
Bordering Hidden Meadows Escondido, Daley Ranch can be reached in just moments from the heart of the Hidden Meadows Community. One can simply access Daley Ranch via Hidden Meadows Road, to Meadow Glen Way East, to Cougar Pass, then south on Cougar Pass. There is ample parking at the base of the mid-mountain trails just off Cougar Pass. The terrain is diverse and there are several trails for both novice and expert hikers. Horses and dogs are also welcome. There are beautiful plateau’s with wonderful views of the valley below. California Oaks and indigenous plants are abundant. The scent from the natural sage is so soothing to the soul. There are many natural streams that flow through the ranch. For your convenience, Daley Ranch Website has a map of the trails that can be downloaded.
In the 1990’s, developers threatened to build homes on the Ranch. Thankfully, Escondido City Council voted to purchase the 3500 acre ranch and turn it into a natural preserve and recreation area. Hidden Meadows residents are so lucky to have such a beautiful natural preserve just minutes from their doorsteps. Another reason why Hidden Meadows Escondido is a beautiful place to call home.