We're located in San Diego County's picturesque backcountry near Mount Woodson. The habitat is a mixture of chaparral, oak woodland, and nearby grasslands. Coast live oak is the predominant tree, although Engelmann oak can be found throughout the area. Many of the oak trees are up to 300 years old. The chaparral consists of scrub oak, California buckwheat, chamise, manzanita, ceanothus, laurel sumac, and white and black sage.
The plant life supports abundant wildlife. Coyote, fox, rabbit, skunk, bobcat, and even mountain lion all visit our property. The wide range of habitat supports a large number of birds as well. Herons, egrets, and several species of ducks live in the ponds at the foot of the north-east side of Mt. Woodson. The oaks are home to red-shouldered hawks, woodpeckers, scrub jays, and western bluebirds, among many others. California quail and road-runners are a foot in the early mornings, while our night skies are filled with the sounds of resident barn, screech, and great horned owls.
We are located at an elevation of 1600' and have huge boulders that dot the surrounding hillsides. They were formed when the granodiorite rock that makes up our mountains was brought to the surface by the movements of the earth's crust. Over eons, exposure to the wind and rain has worn away the rock (which is now coastal beach sand) and left a present configuration of large rounded boulders. Woodson Mountain is an ancient volcano 120 million years old, with an elevation peak of 2,894 feet. The old name for Woodson Mountain was Cobbleback Peak, named for the giant boulders. In 1875 a confederate dentist, Dr. Woodson, settled here resulting in the name change. The Kumeyaay-Ipai lived in the area until the early 1800's. They called it the "Mountain of Moonlit Rocks" ('Ewiiykaakap) and considered it a sacred place.