Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail is a 3.8 mile out and back trail located near Poway, California that features hot springs. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Whoever wrote this trail features hot springs is mistaken. There are no hot springs in this area. However, it is one of the few trails in San Diego county that feature lots and lots of trees. Interesting in that the majority of Blue Sky is owned by the state, with the city of Poway owning the parking lot and the first part of the trail and the county of San Diego owning the back part of the the trail. Best option is to take the branch of the trail leading to Lake Poway. Just below the dam is one of the best tree covered and isolated picnic areas in the county, complete with rest rooms. Early in the morning there are mule deer around an adjacent stream near the west base of the dam. On hot summer days I have seen rattlesnakes in this area, so use caution and keep those dogs on a leash. No bicycles allowed in Blue Sky.
Great and easy hike!
Like this hike but I have not gone up to Ramona yet, we Always turn off and head up to do the Lake Poway Loop trail prior to heading back. There is a lot of poison oak but if you stay on the trail you will be fine. About a mile in turn right on the trail up to Lake Poway and there is a little picnic area on the right with flush toilets. After that the hike up to the Lake is pretty steep but rewarding once you hit the top. Stop in the beautiful grassy picnic areas and enjoy the view and shade. We take our dogs on this and they love it.