Blue Sky Canyon

Rancho Bernardo, California

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rancho Bernardo
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round, although trail may be muddy in winter and spring
Local Contacts: Blue Sky Ecological Preserve
Local Maps: USGS Escondido

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Jun 2018