Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Ramona with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We hiked this yesterday. It is a moderate hike that is best done in the early hours to avoid the heat. The path is asphalt all the way and there are clear signs posted at the entrance to it from the highway. There many towers and buildings around when you get to the top. On the trail, contrary to what most posts say, it was easy to find shady spots but the heat could get intense if there is no wind. My group was lucky enough to have a nice breeze most of the time. We started the hike around 10:00 am and were back to our car in about 3 hours with tons of stop for pictures and rests. The views are amazing. Glad to have done it.

Nice evening walk to burn off that nasty burrito.

Pretty standard hike. Potato Chip is a San Diego icon, so I recommend checking it off the list even if the line can be 20 minutes long! Bring lots of water. It’s a climb but super wide path

I appreciated all the previous comments from people. I’m here in Ramona visiting my mother. I’m from Minnesota. I love this area and was interested in walking places I haven’t been to yet. Today was a wonderful day for a walk and this trail was just perfect. I loved the wildflowers peeking out along the trail. There was decent bird watching too. I found a nice place to sit in the shade near the end of my walk. I just had to watch out for the cow pies! If you are enjoying this trail on the weekend there is a winery nearby that would make a good place to refresh. Unfortunately it wasn’t open today. I hope to be back again!

It’s a very steep incline but beautiful views all around. I recommend reaching the top before the sun comes out. The way back down is a breeze.

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1 month ago

This is my twice weekly trail run so I'm biased. Just don't sprint and slow down around the many corners (to avoid running into small children) and you'll be fine. Make sure you don't stop at the trail end and go all the way around the lake. Find the stone spillway and the "new" bridge; bonus points if there is a wedding photographer there. Don't forget the " danger exercise sort of trail" or the Forgotten Splinter Pyramid or the I Can't Believe They Built This For Kids in the 80s Fort right next to it. There's also a little trail that heads up from near the Pyramid to split the nature trail if you only feel like a 5 minute walk.

Easy trail to do with kids. Not very busy. Little pond. Horseback riding. Nature hike.

Lovely hike! Saw so many beautiful birds including 2 Eagles! Very easy walk approximately 4 miles.

Good Walk!

This is a nice meandering trail with the waterfall as your reward before turning back to make the uphill climb. Definitely suggest going early if you prefer quiet trails unbothered by “hikers” playing loud music as you pass them.

Very nice trail with great scenery. Not too busy. Great trail if you want to bring the dog along.

Short stroll with nice views- not a big deal though.

2 months ago

Good little trail. Its a pretty quick hike, like others have said you are on an old road. The AllTrails app seems to end randomly, we continued past to a T intersection and found a good rock to eat a snack and look down to the valley before we turned around.

Great hike to take the dogs!

This is a cardio ass kicker!! Agree that the paved road leaves a bit to be desired (although probably safer for us prone to slips and trips.). Cool rock formations and stunning views. Got a blister and achey knees but it was a gorgeous day for it!

even though it was a high wind advisory day once we got about 50 yards down it was totally worth it! Kids loved it and the scenery was breathtaking!

I’m new to hiking and so far this is my favorite spot

Very easy trail. There wasn’t much traffic on the trail at all when I went. It was an overcast some what rainy day which was odd since we rarely get rain out here. Nevertheless, it was a nice hike with my dog and a friend. I would go later in the day during the warmer months since there isn’t any shade.

this is a very easy hike. Benches are spaced along the dirt path, some under the shade of old oak trees. Beautiful views all around, frequented by jogger, walkers and horses.

This hike was beautiful and challenging. The challenge was the latter half, climbing back up the mountain. It was definitely worth it though!

Great hike in the scrub, nice views of the Ramona hills and ravines. This year, the wild flowers may not show, at least until we have a 2nd rainfall... however, they say this hike is 3.6 miles, but I'm at that mark and it looks like it will go for miles more.

Nice trail that offers a lot of photo spots. A lot of cool rocks/ boulders for climbing as well. Kinda takes the "natural" feel for the trail since its all pavement, but reduces the risks of falling or slipping. The line for the photo at the potato chip rock is ridiculous though....

Quite rocky and a bit washed out. Not a good choice if you have knee issues. But a nice walk in the county park

Beautiful views the whole time! Not sure if you can go longer than the 4 miles. You eventually reach a no trespass sign, believe it’s marked as a private ranch.

All Pave road, reaching the top to see potato chip rock was rewarding. It wasn’t much of a beautiful hike for me maybe it’s because of the paved road so it didn’t feel natural to me. I think the Poway side will be much better.

Fun fun

I’m a newbie and I loved this hike! It’s beautiful and interesting. So much to see, great views. The vernal pools were cool. Mostly easy but there are some pretty good hills a couple of miles in that surprised me, but the dog and I made it. There isn’t much shade so definitely an early morning hike. Pick a breezy day, it helps!

4 months ago

I loved this trail, not too difficult for a beginner. Very little traffic on a Sunday morning. I think the dog and I came across 3 other groups. Mostly wide open trail, a couple of narrow spots. Some soft sandy patches. Pretty pasture views. Not much shade, I could see that being an issue in hotter months. Bring water.

4 months ago

Definitely more of just a short walk. Perfect to do with my 4 year old.
Tip: Park on the street closest to the lake, then walk to the range station. There's also a playground next to the lake.

Back way to potato chip. Easy but very steep

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