Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail

Poway, California 92064

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The 700-acre Blue Sky Ecological Reserve near Poway protects one of the finer examples of riparian (streamside) vegetation in Southern California. As one of the most popular of the 119 California Department of Fish and Game wildlife reserves in the state, much attention here is focused on nature education as well as habitat preservation. Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes are banned—so you’ll be assured of peace and quiet, and more frequent wildlife sightings, as you stroll along."

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101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"The 700-acre Blue Sky Ecological Reserve near Poway protects one of the finer examples of riparian (streamside) vegetation in Southern California. As one of the most popular of the 119 California Department of Fish and Game wildlife reserves in the state, it focuses on both nature education and habitat preservation. Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes are banned— you’ll be assured of peace and quiet and more frequent wildlife sightings as you stroll along." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sheri McGregor
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"Oak woodland, riparian habitat, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral lend variety to this oasis near the suburbs of Poway. The first 1.5-mile stretch is a flat walk through dappled shade in woodland recovering from fire, which makes the Lake Ramona trail fork a logical turnaround point for anyone not wanting an uphill hike." Read more
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"The 700-acre Blue Sky Ecological Reserve near Poway protects one of the finest examples of riparian (streamside) vegetation in Southern California. As one of the most popular of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reserves in the state, much attention here is focused on nature education, as well as habitat preservation. Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes are banned, so you’ll be assured of peace and quiet, and more frequent wildlife sightings, as you stroll along. For dog owners looking for a fun group activity, organized dog walks start from the Blue Sky parking lot at 8 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month, October–June." Read more
Best Dog Hikes Southern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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"A dirt service road leads you along a lush creek before snaking up a riparian canyon with boulder slopes on the way to Ramona Dam. The hike combines a shady creek bed, exposed hillsides, and views of the surrounding chaparral-covered hills flanking the reservoir. The hike to the reservoir begins at the south end of the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve parking lot. The trail sign directs you along a lodgepole fence corridor dropping you on Green Valley Truck Trail, which is a dirt service road. The trail begins with a gentle descent into the creekside oak woodland. There are several plant identification signs along the way describing the various vegetation, including toyon and laurel sumac bushes, chaparral yucca, western sycamore, and California wild rose." Read more

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail Reviews

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Took the trail to Lake Poway and went aroung the lake. Great scenery and flowering this time of year.
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Trail Information

Poway
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
5
Distance
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Duration
All year
Season
Views
Features
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
Local Contacts
USGS Escondido
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018