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Went by today and parking lot was closed with sign that all trails closed. Hasn’t rained in a week so not sure why closed.

Went in late November, lots of pretty leaves and cool trees

hiking
17 days ago

There’s a bathroom and fountain (including doggie fountain) at the Tamarack Ave trailhead. Not many a lot of places within the trail to throw out dog waste bags so you may have to walk around with them for a bit. It is kind of easy to get lost, not many signs, but over all a good easy hike.
**depending on the route you take to the peak there are some semi steep inclines and declines, would suggest hiking boots if you have them**

The waterfall is worth it. Pack for a picnic!

on Lake Calavera

hiking
20 days ago

Recommend early morning or late afternoon as there is no shade and not much to see.

Nice hike. The reserve is beautiful. Well marked, clean and easy trail. Didn’t like the asphalt road toward the top on the backside of the dam.

25 days ago

my son, granddaughter and I had a wonderful time exploring the trails and area. trails were easy to navigate, steep near the volcano

Good hike that can choose a varying distances.

on Lake Calavera

1 month ago

Good workout

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty good hike. I try to stay off the pave paths. GPS definitely helps when you want to stay off the main path. Not much of a lake- I would say pond for now. Great view up on the peak. Cool small bridge to walk on.

Great hike, pretty easy. Dogs enjoyed it as well.

hiking
2 months ago

The lake is pretty!

I give this trail a 4+. The beginning is easy and shady even after leaving late.(10AM) The middle is moderate, but the last mile or two is tough. November through March is the best time for this hike. Views we're hazy but impressive.

3 months ago

Definitely needed GPS to follow this trail. Enjoyed it but would like to explore other options. Looked like there were other more interesting, demanding options than what is mapped here.

walking
3 months ago

Enjoyed it, wasn’t much to explore..lots of hills!

mountain biking
3 months ago

Excellent for mountain biking. It has some really good but few air drops. Good for any level

This is a very nice trail for children. There isn’t any incline, and there’s great scenery and wildlife to entertain kids.

Very good hike with some decent views. The trail loops around a dead volcano. Saw some blue herons and white egrets in the lake, tons of dragon flies and a few finches and hummingbirds. Sun can be harsh so wear plenty of sunscreen or protective clothing. Got a good workout here.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was confusing in some places and one part of the marked trail was blocked off, but an alternate trail was used. We took the right hand trail which turned out to be the return side of the marked trail. Not sure if this was the easier of the two directions, but both had good elevation changes, so either way was uphill going back to trail head. There are other parking locations which didn’t have the same elevation drop from the designated trail head on the map!!

3 months ago

love this hike because if you want hard take 1 way or if you want easy take another way. My husband likes to do mountain biking so he can do that while the dogs,kids & I hike the hills. Bring your hiking shoes as it does get slippery on some hills especially the Volcano. BEWARE rattlesnakes & they are huge! we saw them by the cave.

Very hot! Would be best early am hours. However it was a very nice work out.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Bike riding. Easy with a few steep hills. Friendly people on the trail

We started at the Sorrento Valley Rd Parking lot, crossed over to the North Trail at the Wagon Wheel Crossing and stayed on the North Trail until the Carson's Crossing when we returned back on the South Trail. The waterfall wasn't much of a waterfall due to lack of rain recently, but the area was still pretty. There is a lot of wildlife to see - all kinds of birds (even saw some hummingbirds in the trees at Carson's Crossing), lizards, butterflies, dragonflies, and scat from a bunch of different animals that reside in the Preserve. There is some shade, but not much so be sure to bring lots of water, a hat, sunscreen, and clothing to shield you from the sun. It is an easy hike with minimal inclines. The trail is a mix of loose sand, packed sand, hard dirt, loose rocks. There are a lot of unmarked trails connecting to the main trails so make sure to bring a map to keep track of where you are. The bathroom at the parking area is a single portable toilet. Signs at the trailhead indicate the area has ticks, but the paths are quite wide in most places and easy to stay on the trail - doesn't hurt to use bug spray just in case. We went midday on a weekday and only saw a few other people (some on bikes and some walking) - however, I can see how this can be a busy trail during peak times.

nice scenery.

Great conditioning hike but primarily easy on the knees and interesting location with river bed on one side and up the hill are buildings .... fun surprises !

The heat was a little tough but nothing too bad.

Easy hike, good for after work, which is exactly what we did.

trail running
5 months ago

Very fun loop, some areas are a bit technical but nothing anyone can’t do. Lots of people all over the trail too.

trail running
5 months ago

Great trail to hike and trail run! I enjoyed the scenery. Made it to Lake Poway. Relaxed at the bench, snacked, than continued with hike. Trail run my way back to staging area. Lots of trails to choose from. Will hike again =)

Hiked 6/18/18 on a Monday. It was a nice hike to Lake Ramona. Beginning shaded and flat. When you reach the end of the tree line is the last of the shade and you will also start hiking on a gradual incline. It does get steeper towards the top. When you hit the asphalt the incline is more challenging. There are nice views along the way and at the top but what we all didn't care for was the water station, the power lines, the electric station, and the guard rail at the top. I understand they are necessary, it just took away from the beauty of nature. Bring your water and sunscreen. parking not a problem and easy to find.

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