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Upper Santa Ysabel Creek Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 1,040 ft Route type Loop

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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.

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Donna Peterson
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HikingGreat!

Great hike today. Beautiful breeze the entire time and almost no one on the trail. The description states "heavily trafficked" but that wasn't our experience. The trail is in great condition , offers some shade and is well marked. We found it to be a pretty easy trail, Perhaps it is considered moderate given the length. My watched clocked it at 7.25 miles.

Cecilia Castaneda
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Isabella Brambila
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Hiking

This trail is an amazing trail it has tons of shady areas it has a creek it’s so beautiful by far one of my favorites

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Lisa K
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Hiking

beautiful today, the views were stunning, a breeze was blowing so not too hot. trail in great shape. only had to dodge some cows in the trail. once I got to the intersection for the Kanaka Loop I didn't encounter very many people. down below, many people.

Ellie Mcgee
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excellent hike. only a few other ppl. tons of wildlife and flowers.

Marco Rodrigo de la Torre
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Lynn Trzynka
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wildflowers at peak. Fields of grasses blowing in wind. there are fields of different flowers. Path mostly open so you can spot snakes. parking open until 5 pm.

Joshua J.
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Good little hike. Cows roaming to see. Watch out for poison oak , it’s all over. Super windy, but nice.

M N.
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Kristin Kuhn
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, new signage. Lots of wide open space. Free range cows to admire and avoid.

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Chris Offutt
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Got a little lost. No fault of the mapping. Scenery was so gorgeous we just wandered off the trail. No complaints however. We will be back again for this one and pay more attention. Trail was well marked. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. Saw scar from several different animals to include a big cat... so they are out and about. Great time!

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Mechelle Giron
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Andy Porter
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Hiking

Enjoyable hike on a foggy day at the end of September with a fair number of trees and friendly cows leading down to the second creek crossing (lightly flowing) at the trail nadir. The next segment of the trail, climbing up to the plateau, was also nice (and good exercise), but skipping the entire Kanaka Loop Trail (which loops around the plateau) would be no great loss.

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Carmen Ramirez-Kinsey
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Love this place!

Rod Manson
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Hiking

Well groomed wide trail with good footing. Two picnic benches, one located as the trail crosses over the creek and the other under an oak tree at the back of the loop. Bring plenty of water if you plan on hiking during the summer.

Take a F’N hike Velez
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Hiking

Great hike! Starts flat then you can keep going to get a great incline and great views. Lots to of cows roaming. Found one picnic bench up there under the shade!

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Jennifer S.
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Doubled this hike. Very pretty nice hike.

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Vanessa Shields
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Cutest hike ever

laura Oh
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Beautiful green tall grasses and some feisty cows blocking the trail! Had to maneuver off trail around the cows. Great hike!

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Sara Jones
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Beautiful! Right now everything is green, and there are lots wild flowers (not the Anza-Borrego superbloom kind, but still very pretty!). Part of the trail is pretty flat, but it does get a bit hilly if you follow the entire loop. One thing I noticed is how clean the trail is. Unlike parts of the San Diego area Pacific Crest Trail, there was no trash or bags of dog poop lying along the side of the trail. I hope it stays that way! It was a perfect day for hiking, but I only saw a few other people along the loop. I highly recommend this hike!

Steph R.
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HikingMuddy

Very green, really nice. Ended up surrounded by cows! Very fun!

Maki Jackson-k
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Beautiful in the spring with green grass, flowers, and blue sky. It was a fun hike with cows grazing on the field, wild turkeys, tadpoles, lady bugs...

Kris Volk
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Perfect mix of elevation, straightaways and views. Fields of wildflowers in April were a bonus.

Happy Hiker
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Upper Santa Ysabel Creek Trail Kanaka Loop. Beautiful spring day for a hike! Plenty of flowers and wildlife.

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Heather Love
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What a beautiful hike! We got here around 10:30am and the sun was shining and the temperature was pleasantly warm (about 70F). We saw lots of colorful birds and wildflowers and even a deer, cows with calves (very friendly) as well as some ground squirrels and prairie dogs. The trail is well marked, although it has a different name (cant remember but the loop name started with a k). Also connects to the coast to crest trail. The stream was flowing and we were able to easily cross at the bridges. Our dogs also had a great time but make sure to bring plenty of water as shade is intermittent.

Carrie Farnes
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It is everything everyone said it was. Flat, up, down, beautiful, wildflowers, cows that were content with their calves. I love this hike. It took us 3:20 with a few rest stops.

Zack Mekis
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Awesome trail!! Rolling hills are absolutely amazing and everything is so green! Lots of wild life- we saw cows, hawks, turkeys, deer, and squirrels! Only downside is the trail isn’t marked particularly well and we ended up going off the main trail and missing the main loop but saw some cool things because of it. Did 9 miles in a little less than 4 hours. Go ASAP while it’s so green and the creek is running!!

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Missy Rooy
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An all-time favorite hike - we went on a cloudy, foggy morning and it was like stepping into the English countryside. Lots and lots of cows (and calves!!) and wild turkeys. I like that it's dog friendly. Really muddy at the moment but if you don't mind that, its great.

Jonathan Papin
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Kim Duncan
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SO BEAUTIFUL and pristine!!!! Easy peasy trail

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