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.

Length6.9 miElevation gain1,040 ftRoute typeLoop
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Also known as Kanaka Loop. 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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Madeline Gartner
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Very nice hike. Closer to 6 miles and 2000 ft elevation gain.

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Mary Hopperton
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Very full of nature 8 deer Hawlks Turkeys and sooo many cattle Flowers beautiful

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Michael Murray
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Great workout . It’s beautiful acre trees and flowers. Of course do it again

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Lauren Hlavaty
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Loved this hike. Bit on the long side but the hills are spread out so the 1000ft of elevation gain was bearable. lots of cows. Beautiful views, wildflowers, and weather

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Aaron Null
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Stunning pastures and hills dotted with cows. Just lovely!

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Nancy Levyssohn
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Great

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Victor Lopez
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A truly lovely walk amongst the cows and wild flowers. We had a breeze that made the exposure. Clockwise had a could of a steep climbs.

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Barbara L
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Doug Sjolund
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Nice trail. Basically a fire road but scenic. Snow is gone but the trail is wet and muddy in a lot of areas.

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james johnson
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Beautiful day warm @ 50F

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Cubblesnickles .
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Andrew Taylor
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Very pleasant hike, not technical, wide trail, easy to follow, and only a couple of short steepish sections. Lots of cattle grazing in the meadows and on the trail, wild geese, lots of cheerful birds and a couple of horse back riders. The loop provides nice views across the meadows and it’s a nice place to drift away from life for a few hours.

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Ruben Esparza
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Kelly Doran
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This was the perfect mid-morning hike that’s dog-friendly and relatively few people. Love that there was a parking lot, picnic tables along the trail, great signage, and lots of cows roaming. It was a breezy day, but wind died down by mid-hike and temperature was perfect for hiking. Parking lot was filled by about noon, so I’d suggest going earlier to park and enjoy the trails without many people :)

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Lauren Molick
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Really nice and quiet hike! It is so cool to have all the cows out roaming around. The initial trail isn't a loop but it was truly beautiful out there.

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Daniel Batterson
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Aaron Feinstein
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Maddison Holley
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Great little trail, not too difficult at all! Lots of cows and fun stream, we enjoyed a little detour on the crest to coast trail!

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Duleeka Dharmadasa
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Hiking . It was a great hike . We enjoyed a lot .

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Cynthia Hernandez
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Clean and clear of brush. Tons of cows and baby calves. Beautiful hike. Lots of benches to have a picnic.

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Cathy Moon
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Great hike...We went clockwise on the loop and it was mostly uphill..A few people on the trail..Porta Potties were clean...A little over 7 miles total..Will do it again..

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Lindsey Chronert
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Jonathan Fitzherbert
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joshua stein
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Great trail and views, go early and avoid the crowds.

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Mark MacBride
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Jenn Younker
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Awesome trail!

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Nazarelle VP
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Really enjoyed the trail, especially seeing all the cows.

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Nolan Alexander
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I've been disappointed with Santa Ysabel West in the fall (great hike in spring, not as impressive in fall), so I didn't have high expectations for Santa Ysabel East. I was pleasantly surprised. The trail was full of beautiful scenery --- rolling grassing hills for miles, a sense of fall with leaves falling from large trees, wide trails with canopy overhead at times, a couple short bridge crossings, and hundreds of cows.

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Hannah Robbins
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HOLY COW. First one on and off this morning. Super windy but nice little stroll through the pastures with the cows.

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