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Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve

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Address: Farmer Road, Julian, CA

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Lovely views

Had a great hike with my husband. Easy hike with one or two hills . The trail is open and well maintained. Highly recommended

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Had a great hike with my husband. Easy hike with one or two hills . The trail is open and well maintained. Highly recommended

Thank DanielaB
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

What a gem for hiking! This is a beautiful hike with rolling hills, a babbling creek, and even grazing cattle Don't get me wrong, it is definitely a workout hiking up and down the hills but just so peaceful and visually relaxing. If you are looking for a place where happy cows live...this is it! TIPS: Bring lots of water... More 

Thank SoCalAdventureSeeker
San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

One of the best places to hike in San Diego County. The rolling hills, great views and getting to see the cattle still on the preserve.

Thank R7948DVstephenh
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

This preserve is quite beautiful with diverse landscape and hardly anyone else on the trail. I have done several trail runs from the East trailhead to the West trailhead (about 7-9 miles, depending on how you do it) and it is so enjoyable. (I get a pick-up on the other end!) Love the oak canopies and big open spaces equally!

Thank dlcarson23
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

They were off in the distance chasing rabbits, that they could not catch. A lovely place for a picnic lunch. I go and get a Dudley's sandwich and just be with nature. Tons of open dpace and eady hiking. During the winter the hills are green and beautiful. Spring and summer, beware of snakes, as they will be stretched out... More 

1 Thank email4saundra1
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

The hike from the trailhead is somewhat hilly, but it is worth the ups and downs just for the views. Worth every step.

Thank f16addict
San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

Beautiful vistas of back country mountains and meadows which easily accessible either by walking or by mountain bike. The preserve is pet friendly as long as dogs are kept on leashes. It is adjacent to open range ranches so don't be surprised if you encounter some mellow back country cattle ambling thru.

3 Thank Pentaxian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2012

The Preserve is just that, a great creek and meadow land home for all riparians. Open range, so you see cattle, sometimes a possessive bull, and lots of birds. A friend came away with a great close up of a Golden Eagle! There are three separate portions, all are good.

1 Thank julianart
Ramona, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012

Easy to moderate hike, great views. Has some awesome picnic spots. Well marked trail system. Good for those new to hiking. Has a few hills you might want to prepare for. Bring water the hike it self is in the 5 mile range. Started out 8am ended about 1pm

3 Thank John D
San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

Very warm in the summer,plan accordingly.A lot of open spaces without shade. Very peaceful.

Thank MaryAnnLens

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