West Vista Loop

MODERATE 24 reviews
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West Vista Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Ysabel, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles
931 feet

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running


wild flowers


8 months ago

Fun, short little jaunt. Some definite ups & downs, but tons of shady spots to rest and very amiable company

9 months ago

Monday, June 12, 2017

Very steep at first but worth the hike once it flattens out. Walked 5.6 miles doing the loop. Great way to burn some of the pie calories off.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Did this hike in 4/2017 and really enjoyed it. Instead of just doing the loop, we took the trail a couple of miles back towards the Santa Ysabel East Preserve. Our hike ended up being around 8 miles but there's the potential to stretch it out to nearly 14 miles if you go all the way to the Santa Ysabel East Preserve trailhead and back.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hiked this on a warm Saturday morning in April. We were the only ones on the trail. Due to all the rain we had this winter, the grass was real green and still some pretty wild flowers blooming. The first mile up the hill was fairly steep which I enjoyed. After a mile into the trail, it flattens out and you just do a couple mile loop. Views of the pastures but not a lot of peaks. Tons of mosquitos!! There was still a little water flowing the creek. Peaceful hike but not the spectacular views as others. Not sure it was worth the hour drive for an average easy hike. But I never regret trying a new hike. The best part of the hike was seeing all the cows cross the trail.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Very steep hiking up a peak on a cattle ranchers dirt road so it's very wide. It's worth it once you reach the top and there was a nice pond up there. Beware of snakes sunbathing in the road, we saw a gardener and rattle snake. Stop by Dudley's bakery for their fresh bread and Julian Pie company down the road after.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Monday, July 04, 2016

Super fun day. Great trail... lots of beautiful oaks, and wow, buckwheat blooming everywhere. Stands of white sage - absolutely gorgeous! Never seen so much in one place. Other wildflowers: Yarrow, California fuchsia, penstemon, monkey flower. Dog friendly. Amazing views. Will do again when it's not so hot! :)

Thursday, August 08, 2013

This was a great hike! The first mile was a bit steep, but once you arrive to the first fork, the trail evens out. The trail was more like a one lane dirt road, which allowed me to keep clear of the poison oak (it was pretty easy to avoid, but just be aware). There are some great views of Santa Ysabel and Wynola as you get towards the top. There are also some really pretty oak groves. As indicated on the map, there are a few picnic stops along the trail, complete with an actually picnic bench. It was nice to sit on an actual table rather than a rock. I did the first loop which turned out to be 4.5 miles. To my surprise, I had cell coverage the whole way (AT&T).

Monday, December 24, 2012

Me and my dog really enjoy the hike. We saw Great heron, eagles and all kind of birds, deers, and buffalos! Very peaceful place with great views on the countryside with the iconic oaks.
I just wish that the trails were longer but the hills will keep your heart pumping for sure!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My wife and I did this during the summer with our two dogs. It starts out with a fairly steep incline for the first mile or so. Theres a couple of nature plaques on the way detailing the flora. Once you get to the gate at the top the loop starts, theres a pond on your the right hand side before the split where we saw some cows relaxing in the shade. It does get a bit warm, so make sure you bring enough water for the whole trip. There are a lot of good places to stop and take in the view, tons of little woodland creatures running about, we saw a few deer as well as a lot of different birds and lizards. Beware of the cowpies, they are pretty much everywhere. Overall it was very enjoyable, even the drive out to the trail wasn't bad. Make sure to stop by the Julien Pe Factory down the road afterwards!

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