Sycamore Canyon Goodan Ranch Open Space Preserve Loop

Poway, California

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This peaceful hike leads you through both Sycamore Canyon, a 1,700-acre wilderness area nestled between Poway and Santee, and bordering 325-acre Goodan Ranch. The diverse landscape is especially beautiful in mild spring or fall weather, when wildflowers or autumn leaves add color. Devastated by the 2003 wildfires, this area is a wonderful example of how the earth regenerates after fire.

Sycamore Canyon: Goodan Ranch Open Space Preserve Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This peaceful hike leads you through both Sycamore Canyon, a 1,700-acre wilderness area nestled between Poway and Santee, and bordering 325-acre Goodan Ranch. The diverse landscape is especially beautiful in mild spring or fall weather, when wildflowers or autumn leaves add color. Devastated by the 2003 wildfires, this area is a wonderful example of how the earth regenerates after fire."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Poway
Distance: 6.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round

Sycamore Canyon: Goodan Ranch Open Space Preserve Loop Reviews

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5/26/2013
Nice place, but no shelter from the sun, and I had a hard time with some of the trail markings. I went up Ridge Trail and failed to find the turnoff to Cardiac. Also, be warned that, although Calle de Rob shows on Google maps and such, it does not go through unless you are willing to trespass in a closed-off area.
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9/27/2008
Though a good trail for kids, there does not seem to be a horse alive who has not been on the trails to the point that about 3/4ths of the trail has been pulverised into light beach sand or light talcum powder consistency from 2" to 5" deep in places. It has become a difficult trail to walk the length of with the over use. However, with kids and dogs (of which there are dozens on any weekend day) its probably an ok trip for an hour or two. For the hiker seeking solitude, weekdays would be the only time, and then only to acclimate yourself to hot weather or dry condition hiking.
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