Black Canyon to Pamo Valley Trail

Ramona, California

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This easy-going, mostly descending, east-to-west, one-way walk on the Santa Ysabel Truck Trail is fine for a cool day, but a potentially hot and sweaty affair during the warmer half of the year. You’ll be following a segment of the future Coast to Crest Trail—a long-distance, multiuse trail intended to link the coastline at Del Mar to the crest of Volcan Mountain near Julian. You’ll meander mostly downhill and sometimes uphill on shadeless south- and west-facing slopes blanketed in chamise and other drought-resistant forms of chaparral. The truck trail might be open to four-wheel-drive traffic—but if so, you’d likely see very few vehicles.

Black Canyon to Pamo Valley Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This easy-going, mostly descending, east-to-west, one-way walk on the Santa Ysabel Truck Trail is fine for a cool day, but a potentially hot and sweaty affair during the warmer half of the year. You’ll be following a segment of the future Coast to Crest Trail—a long-distance, multiuse trail intended to link the coastline at Del Mar to the crest of Volcan Mountain near Julian. You’ll meander mostly downhill and sometimes uphill on shadeless south- and west-facing slopes blanketed in chamise and other drought-resistant forms of chaparral. The truck trail might be open to four-wheel-drive traffic—but if so, you’d likely see very few vehicles."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ramona
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: November through April
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Palomar Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Ramona, Mesa Grande
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Canyon to Pamo Valley Trail

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May 2018