Crestridge Ecological Reserve Trail

El Cajon, California

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Just weeks after the Cedar Fire, shiny red and green leaves were unfolding from the root crowns of laurel sumac shrubs. Wild cucumber vines raced out of the barren ground, entangling themselves in the standing black skeletons of the larger shrubs. Most of the large coast live oaks in the reserve stood their ground as the flames roared through, and they stand as statuesque as ever today. The first route, good for hiking and mountain biking, begins at the west end (dead end) of Horsemill Road, off Mountain View Road, 1 mile northeast of the main crossroads of Crest. Walk into the Crestridge reserve and pass a visitor information kiosk reconstructed after the Cedar Fire. The second option, better for hiking only, leads to a spectacular vista point on the west side of the reserve.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Just weeks after the Cedar Fire, shiny red and green leaves were unfolding from the root crowns of laurel sumac shrubs. Wild cucumber vines raced out of the barren ground, entangling themselves in the standing black skeletons of the larger shrubs. Most of the large coast live oaks in the reserve stood their ground as the flames roared through, and they stand as statuesque as ever today. The first route, good for hiking and mountain biking, begins at the west end (dead end) of Horsemill Road, off Mountain View Road, 1 mile northeast of the main crossroads of Crest. Walk into the Crestridge reserve and pass a visitor information kiosk reconstructed after the Cedar Fire. The second option, better for hiking only, leads to a spectacular vista point on the west side of the reserve.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: El Cajon
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: October through June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: California Department of Fish and Game
Local Maps: USGS El Cajon, Alpine
Driving Directions: Directions to Crestridge Ecological Reserve Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

12/30/2017
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Excellent area for a back country hike. Trails are well marked. Only drawback was that people do not pick up after their dogs...saw lots of dog poop on the trail. They did have bags available for pet owners to clean up after their dogs...come on people..pick up after your poochies!



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