Upper Santa Ysabel Creek Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews

Upper Santa Ysabel Creek Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Julian, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1017 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This hike starts off near a creek and continues through a grassy meadow with lots of cows enjoy the local fare. The hike is mostly flat with a steep incline to the top which has great views of the surrounding area.

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail...cattle, deer and turkey

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike on a cool October morning. Cows were fun, nice rolling golden hills, and a Mountain View in the distance.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail, more of a road...but still a nice walk outdoors. Beautiful views and plenty of cows, deer, coyotes to see.

hiking
6 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike! It has several climbs to really give you a workout but it is a varied terrain so you can recover before the next big climb. We walked right past the cows, as they were hanging out in the trail with us. Tons of gnats in the shady, creek spots.

10 months ago

I loved this hike!! The first mile is pretty steep, after that it's easy to moderate. We saw plenty of wildlife including: hawks, snakes, turkeys, and numerous in-your-face cows.

hiking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Good scenery and not a difficult trek. I came across a flock of wild Turkeys, then of of course the cattle grazing in the fields.

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Great hike that can be extended by walking the coast to crest trail or a ~1.5 mile loop. Dog friendly. For good or bad there are lots of cattle.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This trail was amazing.. we were in arms distance to the cows.. if you have a family with small children this would be great.. make sure u pack a lunch.. the trail is amazing.. make sure u bring a sweater

walking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This trail was amazing.. we were in arms distance to the cows.. if you have a family with small children this would be great.. make sure u pack a lunch.. the trail is amazing.. make sure u bring a sweater

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

This trail is beautiful! Go to the end to get the higher views. It's a moderate hike with lots of pretty scenery.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

One of the best hikes I've been on in SD county. Beautiful scenery. Nice mix of shade and wide open spaces, easy to follow trail (when you get to the water trough, just walk straight until the trail picks up again!), and perfectly placed picnic tables to rest and eat. I appreciated the length -- there was definitely just enough elevation to get the heart pumping (we did the loop clockwise which meant a steeper climb) but not too much, which is good considering the length. Tons of cows in and around the trail, and I even met a horse! Definitely want to watch your step. ;)

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Trail is actually straightforward and easy. There is a small (well depending on your fitness) incline about 70% of the way to the Kanaka loop.

There are many cows on the trail Like some would be on the side of some steep cliffs and you'd be like wtf how did that dude get up there? He aint no goat! Anyways, this is a pretty awesome hike, one of the best in San Diego county in my opinion. I prefer this over volcan and the santa ysabel west. There is no option for a 4.5 star so I'll give it 5.

hiking
Friday, November 20, 2015

This hike is totally worth it for the cows. Watch where you step, though. Flat in the beginning, with a nice incline past the creek picnic area. Lots of shady areas and wide open prairie type views. The kind of hike where you can stop at a nice halfway point and decide if you want to keep going, or opt for a lighter day and head back while still feeling accomplished.

hiking
Monday, November 16, 2015

Beautiful hike, lots of wildlife, and of course cows. We went a little over 7.5 miles with a couple of detours, but the trail was not difficult at all. There are a couple of areas with an incline, but nothing too crazy. We went on a windy day, so a light coat was definitely needed. After the trail make sure to go stop and get some apple pie in Julian.

hiking
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I love this hike because of the cows. It's a great open terrain as well with just enough of a climb. After you head up the first hill, the trail splits in two. Go left and get a couple steep climbs, which are well worth it for the views. Then , just when you think you're done and you can see your car off in the distance, the trail heads the opposite direction, back up a hill to the original split. Be sure you go right then straight to head back in the way you came. It was really windy and cold. I wish I would've brought a jacket. This is a good hike for both the experienced and semi-experienced hiker.

hiking
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

This was such a beautiful hike, my friend and I decided to take the longer rout rather than the loop and went a total of 8.5 miles. The open rolling hills were breath taking and we also got to see a lot of wild life. We saw some deer and coyotes, and of course cows. It was very windy though and at times strong enough to fling off by ball cap, so a light coat might be in order though we managed without. Great hike and not very strenuous.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Found this hike in the infamous "Afoot & Afield" and decided to hit it up this past weekend. Luckily the weather was perfect for an East County summertime hike. Overcast and a little drizzle here and there kept the hike nice and cool. Scenery was not a disappointment, and the wild blackberries were a nice trail treat when you could find a bush that wasn't so picked over. This is a nice moderately strenuous hike and is perfect for a nice day hike. Plenty of shade along the majority of the trail. Be mindful of the cows and their "meadow muffins" and bring plenty of water.

hiking
Monday, November 26, 2012

This was such a beautiful exerience....starting from the drive into the preserve. One of the best things about this hike was the cows! There were moments when we'd round a bend, and they'd just be there! It's not too difficult a hike, but the scenery was amazing!

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