Love Valley Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Ysabel, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from November until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Easy walk down to a meadow with scenic views of what's left of Lake Henshaw.
The first time I did this hike with my husband, we went left at the fork in the trail. After a while, the trail disappeared and we were under the impression it was a loop so we hiked across the open field until we reached a barb-wire fence. Certain parts along the fence were worn down, so I'm still not sure if we were on a trail or not. It was confusing but we never felt lost because the field was wide open and the barn in the distance was a good landmark. We explored the barn, which was really cool on the outside, but kinda nasty inside because there is a lot of plastic debris inside. There were holes in the walls from shotgun shells and I noticed a lot of bullet casings along the trail. The second time we hiked we brought a blanket and had a picnic under a tree overlooking the lake. Then we headed back towards the fork and kept going until we reached the barn. Walking along the road, there was a small path which led into the forest and back up to where we parked. It was really beautiful and we will definitely go there again.
A fun short hike in the foothills of Alvarado Mountain. The hike started walking up a poorly maintained dirt road along the S7 highway until we veered right and eventually were lead to the edge of a large field with scattered Oak trees. The golden grass waved with the when. We didn't see any cows, but it was evident they had grazed the area in recent months. We followed the trail to the left of the field until we found a really old and run down barn full of bullets holes and mostly rusted farming implements, (see uploaded picture).
We then continued following the trail to the right of the barn into a wooded area complete with shade from the trees and a small stream. This part of the trail no longer used the farm road turning into a single file almost overgrown forest path back to the point of origination.
Be sure to have your National Park Adventure Pass.
If you don't mind walking in a cow pasture and dodging cow patties every now and then with the heard of cows only a few feet away, then this is pretty cool lil spot, nice field. I suggest goin left at the for cause the only cool thing is the barn on the right.