Sleepy Descanso

Roberts Ranch, Duncan McFetridge, drought, movie shooting, Border Fire, Blue Ribbon Loop

Keep right, passing by clumps of jimson weed.
  • Keep right, passing by clumps of jimson weed.
  • Roberts Ranch Opens its Gates to Hikers

  • Thanks to the crusading efforts of Descanso cabinet-maker Duncan McFetridge, affectionately known by some as the "Robin Hood of Cleveland Forest," two inholdings (islands of private property inside public-domain lands) near Descanso are being added to the Cleveland National Forest. The former Roberts and Ellis Ranches, adjacent to Interstate 8 at Highway 79/Japatul Valley Road, were slated for subdivided housing....
  • By Jerry Schad, April 23, 1998
  • Developers Eye Sleepy Descanso

  • It's only 35 or 40 minutes from downtown San Diego to the junction of Interstate 8 and State Route 79. And just a couple of minutes north of there lies the rural town of Descanso. In many urban centers, particularly in California, that's not a bad commute time. And from the East County cities of El Cajon, Santee, and La Mesa, the drive to Descanso is even shorter.
  • By Ernie Grimm, April 3, 2003

Site of failed Maggio Ranch development. "They wanted to put in 47 homes here."

Site of failed Maggio Ranch development. "They wanted to put in 47 homes here."

  • San Diego drought as seen from Descanso.

  • Several years ago, when I last came here to the Cleveland National Forest outside of Descanso, Duncan McFetridge's cabin nestled in a deep-shaded dell. Now we're looking at the skeletons rising 60, 80 feet in the air. McFetridge's oaks. Nearly all dead.
  • By Bill Manson, Oct. 18, 2007
  • East County Western

  • In a role not that far removed from its actual history, Descanso recently stood in for a Western frontier town. Chula Vista–based Southwest Pistolero Productions used the area to film scenes for a movie titled Get Out of Dodge. In a meadow south of Interstate 8, cowboys on horseback were chased by Indians in warpaint.
  • By Rick Larkin, July 2, 2010
  • Behind the Border Fire fire wall

  • Behind the lines at the Border Fire, neighbors, volunteers, county animal-control crews, and Border Patrol agents are caring for the animals left behind during the fire's sudden spread.
  • By Marty Graham, June 23, 2016

Rescued horses

Rescued horses

  • Get an early start on Descanso’s Blue Ribbon Loop

  • If you are looking for a loop hike in the Cuyamacas with a mix of sun and shade, old road and narrow trail, a variety of wildflowers, and a shady creekside spot to rest, then this trip might fit the bill.
  • By The Canyoneers, Aug. 9, 2017

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