Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail

EASY 73 reviews

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Poway, California that features a river. 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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
101 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Great mix of length and slope, with interesting things to see. Go beyond the dam and you'll find banana trees and bee hives..

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I absolutely loathed this one. Its the only "hike" I've ever actually disliked and was my first in southern California. The walk from the parking lot to the reserve is a very nice and shaded stroll...but it opens to very exposed reserve (which is to be expected of so. Cal's landscape). Its very dusty and gets steep very quickly at times. Its a rather short hike and the end is very steep pavement that ends at the fenced off reservoir. The views aren't worth the strain, you're better off going to the park a little ways down the road where there are multiple trails between Mt. Woodson and Lake Romona...also, there are no hot springs.

hiking
Saturday, January 07, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great and easy hike!

hiking
Sunday, June 28, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, February 01, 2015

Fun enjoyable hike. Steep and paved at the end. Friendly folks all along the way. Explore out to Poway lake if you like on a connecting trail.

hiking
Sunday, April 06, 2014

Like one of the other reviewers this isn't the kind of hike I usually go for but I definitely think one star is a bit harsh. This is a long, mild, gradually sloping dirt road hike with a nice steep, asphalt slope at the end. There are porta-pottys at the beginning and the end and dogs are welcome. This is a nice, rock free walk with the potential to get your blood pumping if you go all the way to the top.

hiking
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This trail featured tall, gorgeous, trees of shade and a variety of wildlife! Some of the animals encountered on the reserve during our visit include: coyotes, woodpeckers, squirrels, hawks, and a covey of quail. Picnic areas were available further into the park and I noticed a lot of local events are scheduled throughout the month when I was reviewing some of their pamphlets. Although, the incline is not very intense-- do expect that you will be hiking upwards further into the trail. This trail would also be a great place to take your dog (on leash) or have them participate in group dog walking events!

hiking
Saturday, July 06, 2013

One of the most fun hikes I've done in San Diego; the first mile or so is not difficult but is really cool and fun to walk through (its also a really easy mile run). After the first mile if you continue towards Lake Ramona, it gets steeper and more challenging but it's still really fun and you're completely surrounded by nature. Once you get to the top its an awesome view with one of the cleanest lakes I have ever seen; you can't swim in the lake but if its summer, I would take the risk:) It takes about 40-45 minutes to get up and then about 40-45 down if you're walking at a steady, somewhat brisk pace with little to no breaks. It's definitely family/dog friendly and the people on the trail are usually really nice so make sure to say hi!! I hope you enjoy it:)

hiking
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Of the brief time I have been hiking this is my least favorite trail. Most of the trail is nice and a lot of nature to see but the last part hiking up the asphault road, on the back side of the dam was unexpected and not what "I" go on hikes for. This is just my opinion.

walking
Sunday, January 06, 2013

A very nice trail for families and their four legged companions. Lots of shady trees for the first 1.5 miles and then a semi switchback with a moderate grade up to the Ramona Lake Dam. I observed several Coyotes in the afternoon hours, so I highly suggest small dogs remain on leashes.

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