Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail

Poway, California 92064

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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"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."

"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."

"Nestled on the western slopes of Mount Woodson, the 470-acre Blue Sky Ecological Reserve holds a bounty of natural sights and sounds. Established in October 1989 as a natural habitat, Blue Sky features several rare and threatened plant and animal species. In short succession, a hiker can find riparian, oak woodland, mixed chaparral, and coastal sage scrub environments. Each ecosystem holds its own special variety of wildlife, and the closeness of these habitats allows a great diversity of species to exist together in harmony. This hike is especially pleasant during sunny, warm days, as the deep shade from the tree canopy keeps the creekbed relatively cool."

"Dense riparian and oak woodlands, as well as scenic views from Ramona Reservoir Dam."

"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."

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail Reviews

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3/13/2009
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
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
Local Contacts
USGS Escondido
Local Maps