Oak woodlands, native grasslands, and wildflower fields for you hiking, biking, and riding exploratino within the boundaries of this 3,800 acre preserve. Santa Ysabel Space Preserve was create in December of 2001 when San Diego County received it from the Nature Conservancy. Santa Ysabel Creek runs along the entire nothern boundary, crossing under Hwy 79. The park rangers and staff of Santa Ysabel are dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable mountain environment while ensuring that a quality experience remains for future generations to enjoy.The riding is mostly double track, old ranch roads. The hills are steep and there is not much flat riding. You are either climbing or descending. It is a great workout and the views are amazing. Watch out for the cows, there are lots of them. Stay off the cow made single tracks.Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is open Saturday and Sunday, 8am to Sunset. The Preserve is located off of Farmer Rd, just a 1/2 mile past the Volcan Trailhead or off Hwy 79, one mile north of Santa Ysabel.
From Juilian's Main Street heading east, instead of turn left to exit town on highway 78 west, continue straight. Main Street turns into Farmer Road. Take Farmer Road a little under 2 miles to Wynola Road. Turn right, then make a quick left continue on Farmer Road. Travel 1.2 miles to the preserve trailhead on left. From areas to west (Ramona, Escondido). Take Highway 78 East to the junction of Highway 78 and 79 in Santa Ysabel. Continue East on Highway 78 for about 3 miles. Turn left onto Wynola Road and travel 3.1 miles to an intersection. (Farmer Road comes in on your right) Continue straight through the intersection then take a quick left on Farmer Road going north. Travel 1.2 miles to the preserve on your left.
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06/18/2008Up the hill
06/18/2008Beginning of trail headed west
06/18/2008Climb up Kanka
06/18/2008Reward for your climb
06/18/2008Watch out for those cows
06/18/2008Map at trailheadPrint Trail Map (.pdf)
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