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

Great hike! Probably best to do in spring when every thing is green. Nice rolling hills! Not much shade

Beautiful hike with lots of ups and downs. There are a few steep spots that will get the lungs burning. Lots of great views along the way. Probably best in the spring because of wildflowers or after rain as there is a creek.

hiking
27 days ago

A great spot on the East Grade of Palomar. Trail is an old dirt road, downhill in uphill out. Opens on to a great area with lots of shade trees, an old barn and several game guzzlers. In wet years there are a couple of marsh/pond areas with waterfowl. Pack in water, as the trail itself has little shade.

Great walk. it took me 6 hours. if I deduct breaks, I may have walked 5.45 hours. be aware this is wilderness/preserve area. Mountain lions, bobcats, deer, coyotes, eagles, etc can be seeing.

Beautiful hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike; the first/last half miles have no shade, but the oak groves, especially around the loop, provide nice shade opportunities. It was fun to observe the cows near the loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Extremely short hike with an incredible view over the valley/gorge. Lots of picture worthy points and bring water during the hike

Went today and we were the only people there. relatively short for what we normally do. there's some pretty steep parts but they are short. every part of the trail is angled so make sure you're stepping properly. this was the first open trail that we have ever done and without the visual of boulders, the hills seem pretty intimidating. lots of animal poop everywhere. no shade. saw 1 cow and a fox. that was cool. lots of beautiful birds whole hike had "little house on the prairie" vibe. best part, no snakes!

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike, but be ready for a non existent trail and nature has taken over
No water
Great views

God hike! Lots of up hill/down hill, but the view at the top is great!

Really loved this trail. Beautiful scenery, big views.

Such a great place to day hike. has some steep parts, but are short. lots of up and down. great views all around. yes cattle roaming on and near the trail, no fencing, so be careful. very fun.

Nice and relaxing.

hiking
5 months ago

I went May 2018 and there was no water in the creek or very little water in the creek. The trail is overgrown if you could even call it a trail but if you’re willing to go down the Rocky Creek bed it is some of the most amazing views. It is worth the trip but don’t do it alone like I did.

just beautiful. saw dozens of cows and 4 coyotes. dogs loved it!

This trail has great variety of terrain and is very pretty throughout. We saw a healthy, full grown coyote, too.

Absolutely the best hike ever! Finally, something much more than a workout!

hiking
6 months ago

Very magical trail. Mother nature loves showing off in here! Take pants, long sleeve and grip gloves. Went in April and there were loads of poison oak, poison Ivy & thorny bushes.

Beautiful trail! A bit steep in areas but a good workout. Wasn't sure I'd like how open it was but it was actually really nice. Got pretty close to the cows and there was a fox hanging out with them. We always enjoy seeing wildlife on our hikes. Oh and a tree decided to lose a very large branch as we were walking by, the was exticing!

Definitely my kind of hike. If you’re up for a challenge, look no further. I did it last year after the great rainy season we had and The falls were flowing, this time it was just a trickle, but still a great hike. Non slippery shoes a must for this hike as you will be bouldering most of the way!

If you are an experienced hiker, don’t pay much attention to the negative reviews here. While this is a difficult route, it is not impassable. Find your own way down and through the gorge. Take your time maneuvering through and around the vegetation, boulders, and steep terrain. Your effort and patience will be rewarded with some spectacular waterfalls (during a wet season) along this remarkable section of the upper San Diego River Gorge.

Gorgeous hike! Rolling hills & valleys make it so peaceful. A great challenge of ups & downs.

Beautiful scenery, a lot of inclines in both directions.

hiking
8 months ago

Multiple trails offer loops of various length and difficulty, most of which are short and steep. Great views from nearly everywhere, especially on the summit. Conveniently located right off the highway, definitely worth a stop.

Tried this hike out earlier today with my husband and 18 year old daughter and it was a 10/10. Pleasantly strenuous, lots of variation in elevation, soul-calming quiet, gorgeous scenery...and cows.

Beautiful trail and very peaceful. You will work your thighs and gluts, but it is worth it

birding
10 months ago

This was one of the easiest hikes I've done lately. The views of the gorge were beautiful, the boulders available for some extra fun were easily climbable - great time rock hopping and bird watching but to call it a "hike" is a stretch. Easy way to kill 45-50 minutes but also some great spots to post up and read a book for the afternoon.

Gorgeous trail - lots of cows and peaceful during a weekday day.

10 months ago

Easy scenic walk.

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