Looking for a great trail near Santa Ysabel, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Inaja Memorial Park. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Santa Ysabel ranging from 1.8 to 14.1 miles and from 987 to 4,045 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
11 days ago

I was happy to see water flowing down the rocky riverbed. Hiked about a mile to the fist couple of 50 foot high waterfalls. Enjoyed the sense of remoteness, soaked in all the natural beauty and made it back to the trailhead just as the rain started falling. Would like to see even more water flowing before I head further down to the 100 foot waterfall again.

nature trips
19 days ago

Perfect short hike with small kids. Beautiful Views and a telescope at the the top of hill that kids enjoyed looking out of.

off road driving
closed
30 days ago

Gate is closed with USFS lock on it.

off road driving
1 month ago

Trail is closed

Gate is still locked!

I tried this hike a few weeks ago. Only got as far as the first mile and that was a bit difficult due to the light trail that exists. I got as far as mile 1, there was a waterfall which I would have had to descend but with the water flowing it seemed like a dangerous idea. I was unable to make out an alternate route along the walls of of the canyon due their near vertical slope. There was a rope tied around a boulder with a carabiner clip but no rope was available to descend down the water fall. At this point I decided it wasn't worth risking a serious injury and returned the way I came. During a heavy rain year, I am unsure how anyone could safely navigate as the route is exactly on the river. I wouldn't recommend anyone doing this one by themselves without some type of emergency call device. Canyoneering experience seems like a requirement for this route. :(

off road driving
1 month ago

CLOSED! Either due to the rain or the government shutdown. All trails on that road are LOCKED SHUT.

Recent rains pumped up the flow. Other than scrambling over boulders, this trail is “easy”. Lot’s of birds.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun Jeep trail, not too hard.

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy shelf road with great views. a little tight to pass others. Gate near the top is locked as of December 2018 so you can't go thru. Need to reverse route and go back down the way you came in. Would be nice if it was open to go down towards Henshaw.

1 month ago

Positives: If you have kids or elderly family members wanting to enjoy a simple outing with some picture worthy views, hit this place up. They've got a decent parking lot as well as picnic tables & bathrooms, & everything is reasonably accessible on this super short loop.

Negatives: After hiking both Stonewall Peak & Volcan Mountain in the same day, this trail was increadibly anticlimactic, only taking us 10mins of sauntering along to complete it. That, & there were rowdy children EVERYWHERE. So I'd say if you want a challenging, romantic, or peaceful hike without getting trapped between giant family groups, steer clear of this one. Haha.

off road driving
2 months ago

This trail offers a nice variety of easy to moderate obstacles. It’s great for beginners practicing picking their line. The trail can easily be completed in an AWD vehicle with IFS front and rear. I have a 4Runner and can complete the whole trail in 2WD. However, I do recommend airing down your tires as the ride will be much smoother and traction improved; I ran 25psi.

trail running
2 months ago

Highly recommend removing this trail from All Trails. The start of the road is a closed "gate." Additionally, the previous review is spot on, you go another one mile into the trail/road and get a closed gate, "No Trespassing" sign from the city of Vista. If you want the same great views and similar type of hike just go east a few miles to the PCT trailhead on S2/Montezuma Valley Road.

nature trips
2 months ago

Fun short walk to a fantastic view and cool faux pipe telescope with a mountain/peak key.

this was a fun hike. got to see a bunch of cows as well.

off road driving
3 months ago

You can’t go by regular car. Amazing view at top and You can see amazing sunset there too.

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

off road driving
3 months ago

good for beginners

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.

off road driving
3 months ago

Fun on my big KTM dual sport. Reasonably technical fire road in some sections which made it fun. Beautiful views.

off road driving
4 months ago

Amazing trail with an even better view at the top! Wouldn’t recommend for a first timer, but would highly recommend for everyone. Not many side trails but still an awesome trail!

hiking
4 months 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.

mountain biking
4 months ago

I ride my mountain bike here. Its a great trail.

great dirt road. it can be done with any type of vehicle.

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.

Awesome trail!! took my 2017 TRD sport up there

Beautiful hiking.

off road driving
5 months ago

Easy to moderate. Good for beginners. Nice views

hiking
5 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.

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