Location: Starting point is at the cross streets Johnson ave. & Hayes ave.
Buchanan Canyon is a famous archeological site, with digs dating back to the early 1940's by George Carter of the Sierra Club & his team. Here they found pebble tools as well as findings that hinted people may have been on this continent longer than the 13,000 years that most archaeologists claim.
The sediments of Buchanan Canyon span the time from the most recent (Holocene), through the ice age (Pleistocene), to the Eocene (42 million years ago). The Friends of Buchanan Canyon have been restoring the native habitats here for a few years, removing the invasive arundo donax and planting natives in their place.
Personal Experience: As with all the canyons I visit, I recommend going in the springtime if you're looking for greenery, milder weather and wildflowers. If you go in the summertime it will not be nearly as beautiful. With that said, there was nothing spectacular about this hike but fun nontheless. There is still a lot of grounds that we need to explore in the future as the trail forks off into various directions. Bring lots of water, food, etc to be safe!
A river used to run through here:
Eventually you'll hit a fork in the road. I have yet to go right so I can't say what is that way, but I do know that if you go left you'll end up walk beside the 163 freeway!
If you keep walking this path you'll end up at a business park with a TGIF. This worked perfectly for us because we were almost out of water!
Anza Borrego Desert
Cuyamaca State Park