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Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve

Farmer Road, Julian, CA
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Ranked #8 of 17 Attractions in Julian
Type: Parks
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San Diego
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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

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San Diego, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

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

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San Diego
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 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.

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Julian
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17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 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.

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Ramona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 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

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San Diego
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19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

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

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Ramona, California
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46 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

This is a very nice hike, with places to sit on the way. Watch for snakes, of course.

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

Went for a hike on the Upper Santa Ysabel Creek Trail (parts on the Kanaka Trail loop) for the first time - What a beautiful, peaceful area! The trail is not very strenous, some rolling hills. You'll encounter the cows that roam the area. The afternoon we went, we didn't encounter another single person. Hard to believe this area is... More

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