West Side Road Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ramona, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from December until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.5 miElevation gain859 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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Views are nice and you can see the lake for a split moment between the mountains. It'll get your heart pumping a bit but it's great for beginners who are wanting to challenge themselves a little. Bring water! Starts at road to the right of a house. No trailhead sign. The trail ends at private property, please turn back.

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Leanne Skirzynski
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Some great views but no summit or lookout at the end of the trail. Easy hike and trail is well marked and maintained.

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Jonathan Lunt
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Mediocre. The best part of the hike was 2 minutes in where you get a great view of the valley and mountains beyond. The rest of the hike is unremarkable. The trail is easy, visible, and has a relatively flat incline for the entire way up. There is no lookout or peak at the top, so expect this to be more like a nice walk than a typical mountain climb

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Theresa Jones
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Beautiful views!

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Alanna H
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No waterfall today, despite quite a bit of rainfall in the last week. oh well! views are still great

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Avash Chitrakar
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Michelle McKinney
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Gradual ascension, no sharp elevation jaunts. Mostly paved or packed dirt with minimal loose rock or protruding rock. Wonderful valley and mountain views, but no standout visual landmarks. When your map takes you to the end of the residential street (Ramona Oaks Rd) and you see “end” and “no exit” signs, you’ve found it (otherwise unmarked). This is the hike for you if you like steady ascensions and you are wondering if you’ll be fine hiking in your lower tread shoes...you’ll be fine. Enjoy!

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Denisse CR
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HikingGreat!No shadePrivate property

Nice hike with a very nice panoramic view. No mile markers and and at private property.

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Tamera Toland
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Nice views along the way. Hike ends when you hit private property

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Douglas Taylor
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Jen Dub
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Melanie N
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Shelley Rannikko
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Amazing!!!

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Danielle LaFleur
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HikingNo shade

hiked this back in the spring. it was definitely a bit of a workout and steep in some places. the views were great and we hardly saw anyone on the trail

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Stan Freebird
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Mountain bikingGreat!No shade

This trail is OPEN per USFS. See map at linked location below: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd776788.pdf (The name on the map is West Side Road.) This is a great MTB climb with some great single track trails leading off the top, descending thru Himmel Canyon.

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Arman Mostaghimi
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HikingClosed

3 stars just because I couldn’t go on the trail. The trail is closed until Nov 1st 2020.

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Ray Junior
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HikingGreat!No shade

Peaceful hike. Would give it 5 stars but I had some uncertainty with parking. Definitely a trail I’d do again soon!

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X N
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Very hot today (8/4). Bring plenty of water. Not a lot of shades along the way. Beautiful views. We did not able to finish. Little kids and family. Great experience regardless.

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Lisa Kaspriak
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Steep hike, good workout, great views, first hour is all uphill, turned at that point. Enjoyed it.

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Paul Chondropoulos
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HikingNo shade

Steady incline for the most of the trail. Nice views in last third of the trail. Shade based on time of day and there would be no shade at noon.

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David Matusiak
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David Matusiak
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HikingNo shade
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roxana Kidwell
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This hike definitely seems closed with fine notices posted

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Matt McMinn
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Gorgeous sunrise hike. Parking area blocked off for Covid-19, just park off the side of the road just before trail head. Enjoy!

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Liz Johnson
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Really fun morning hike. near trail head is a taped off portion of cedar Creek falls l, cops are trying to close all alt access to that trail. so far it's still open. started a little later in the morning and ran into people on my way down but overall a nice way to kill the morning. not too hard, a few spicy sections but overall pretty easy

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Danielle Terry
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful trail! There are views at the end of a waterfall in the distance. Moderate effort required. Would highly recommend

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John Weber
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Very scenic, like Hawaii in some places (it had also just rained). Mostly uphill but manageable, no stopping needed. Hardest part is the first 25% of the hike. Waterfall near end. Very green after rains. Trail starts on paved road next to a house. Overall moderate.

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