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

trail running
3 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.

Great hike. Loved it. Good parking.

hiking
4 months ago

We started in the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve with the Overlook Trail that then connected to the main Green Valley Trail. From there, we took the Lake Poway Trail and walked around the lake to the bottom of Mt. Woodson, which was the start of the way to Potato Chip Rock. We also did the West End Loop in the Lake Poway Recreation area. In total, we hiked 8.4 mikes, climbing 107 flights. We really enjoyed the hike as there was a variety of scenery and elevation. We really liked how Blue Sky connected to Lake Poway and there were quite a few other trails that we intend to explore on another day when we have more time. I was slightly disappointed in not seeing more wildlife. The highlight was seeing two woodpeckers pecking on 2 different trees to each other Morse code style, which was pretty interesting to watch. All in all, there’s lots to see and hike.

Took some pole with us and fished, went for a dip after that last stretch incline.
Fun hike, shade and not much traffic at all.
Recommended

5 months ago

this Trail is great for running... I prefer to go to the right around the lake. there is a small Trail close to the water that you can take around part of the lake that's pretty interesting and doesn't look like a big road. That's where the fisherman go and there's less people. on the way back you can go up to Lake Ramona which is about another mile and a half up.. i clocked 8.5ish

trail running
5 months ago

I love going here and taking my pup. It's nice cause it has some shady spots in the valley to stop to let him rest for a bit no no where really for people to sit which is fine. You do need to get their early for parking on the weekends but the weekdays are not so bad. They also have hiking events and knowledgable volunteers that you'll see walking the trails sometimes. They're friendly and happy to answer questions about this trail and others in the area. It was fun cause we've seen deer on multiple occasions which threw my pup for a loop since he'd never seen one. This is a regular spot for us!

Great local hike. We turned it into just under 8 miles out and back by following the fire road at the top of the Lake Ramona dam all the way to the yellow gate at the other end. Not very many people around for a Saturday is a plus. It's a very steep climb to the dam. Great views of Lake Poway and Lake Ramona.

First part of the trail is nice and flat. If you choose to take creekside trail, there are more trees and shades. Dogs are allowed only on the main trail, which has somewhat shade.
Second part of the hike has no shade, and constant uphill. Last part was paved road to go up on the dam which was steeper uphill.
You don't want to go there when it's very hot.
Otherwise, it's not very crowded and well maintained. a lot of parking spaces, and some picnic benches in blue sky reserve.

This is a great hike that loops around Lake Poway. Once you reach Lake Poway you have to continue on the trail that leads up to Potato Chip Rock and then turn left when the signs tell you. There was a covered picnic area on the backside of the lake along with a porter potty. I parked at the Blue Sky Reserve but it fills up fast!! There is no street parking so if you arrive and find there are no spots and don't want to wait for someone to leave, you can drive to Lake Poway and start the trail there. Half shaded, half in the open.

hiking
8 months ago

I arrived early to be sure I got a parking spot at the Blue Sky Reserve as it fills up fast and there is no street parking available. After the first mile you have the option of heading towards Lake Poway or to continue straight. Continue straight and that will lead you up to Lake Ramona. Be prepared for a tough incline with no shade!! The last 1/4 mile is a straight shot up on concrete so if you bring you dogs, please go early as the concrete gets hot. Once we reached the lake we continued walking down the road along the lake. We eventually turned around when it didn't seem to be leading anywhere. Very pretty!! Be sure to arrive early and bring plenty of water.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice moderate hike. Good incline to make you feel like you did something. I would call the Blue sky ecological preserve a hidden gem. More crowded around Lake Poway but to be expected with the parking lot and snack shop. Too much dog poop around the lake trail. Lots of interesting birding and around on the trail. We then saw baby rattlesnake. It wasn’t too hot today so, it was very doable. In the heat of summer this would be not as much fun. Will come back again and do lake Ramona from this entryway.

Plenty of big oak trees = shade!

Great little hike. The parking lot fills up quickly but other than that, it is great. The trail is well maintained and the first part is walking through oak trees next to an ephemeral stream and is well shaded. The middle part of the trail is a hike through chaparrel up to the damn, this section is a bit steep and exposed to the sun but isn't difficult. The last part is a nice jaunt around the lake on a dirt trail. Overall a very good experience.

Not much to see but a good cardio workout, especially the last 1/3. Up, up, up!

hiking
10 months ago

(Beautiful trail and beautiful hike but too much dog poop)The trails are really nice it’s very nice if you go early in the morning as there is not a lot of people on the trails. My one complaint is that there is a lot of dog feces throughout the entire trail in the middle of the path. It’s unfortunate but there is more poop on this trail then all the trails I have ever walked combined. It’s pretty sad the people they’re probably allow this are the people who use it the most. I hiked the trail twice but I will not come back because there is too much dog poop on the trails and is not a healthy environment.

hiking
11 months ago

the trails are maintained very well. this a beautiful walk with a few hills to get up. Wish others would pick up after their dogs.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a very pleasant walk. It is easy with only one slight incline. There are lots of places to picnic and also a snack shack on Lake Poway when you can get a hot dog and a cold drink and watch the ducks. You can also branch off and go to Lake Ramona, Woodson Lake and Potato Chip Rock from this trail.

hiking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

I've done most of Blue Sky and this was a lovely hike. The last 1/2 mile up to the lake sucks (it's just a paved road with a steep grade). Beginners may find this the hardest aspect of the trail. As it is steep going up, I don't really recommend running down. Once we got to the end of the grade, we trail ran down the mountain (or rather shimmy dance to MJ). Get enough speed down the road and falling is possible. The hike to the lake trail head is really nice and relaxing and there are a ton of off shoots to explore. Blue Sky is a great place to explore a few different terrains. I used it to practice for more intense hikes.

hiking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Easy trail with moderate grade climb

Last 1/2 mile to dam is pretty steep! Had to stop and rest a few times.

hiking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Not the most exciting or challenging hike, but any trail that ends in a lake will always be fun

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I like this trail because is perfect for when we take our dogs the trails are well kept

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Great trail! Beautiful lake!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice trail we took the way to Ramona for about a mile and then we turn around
Is moderate climb beautiful views

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This was a fun one, Blue sky is mostly flat and really transports you to tranquility but get ready to climb some hills when you hit the Lake Ramona trailhead. It was about 83 degrees when I did this( felt more like 90) and that made it pretty hard. There are only a few spots of shade and it's near the top. I recommend doing this in the early morning/ later in the day when it's cooled off. Make sure your kids stay near you, I didn't bring my son on this one, but I can imagine him taking a tumble. While this trail is pretty wide, if you peer over the edge its a long way down. When I got to the top there was a porta-potty and I found a relatively flat rock to sit on and look out at the lake. Coming down was a bit hard on my knees, but manageable. Do the creekside trail that veers to the left, its peaceful and the birds are singing, it add's almost nothing on to your total distance and meets up with the main trail. Worth it!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I saw quite a few wildflowers which I love, but wasn't a fan of the climb up to Lake Ramona. Once you climb up to the lake you still have to walk sways to find a path down to the water.

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

First time here, did a short version due to the heat but real enjoyable. Hiked with Leah, JP and Tyler.

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