Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve
The Santa Ysabel Preserves, managed by the County of San Diego, are surrounded by oak woodlands, native grasslands and fields of seasonal wildflowers. Set in a beautiful natural landscape of gently rolling hills, hikers, cyclists, and equestrians will enjoy an outdoor adventure within this combined 4,600-acre sanctuary. Discover more than 15 miles of trails through both the East and West Preserves including two loops that traverse through unique habitats – over the river and through the woods!
Access in these areas is mostly on old ranch roads offering some amazing views of Santa Ysabel Valley. There is a lovely gentle singletrack heading out from the nature center and then the climbing starts if you want to head deeper into the east preserve. The climbs are substantial from the Nature Center so be prepared.
Santa Ysabel West has its own staging area on HWY 79 allowing easy access to the small trail system. Santa Ysabel East staging areas are at the County Nature Center (which is awesome!) and up on the Julian side off Farmer Road.
Trails are open from 8 a.m. - sunset daily. Always practice trail courtesy - Share and Be Aware!
Make sure to stop by Julian Pie Company after your adventure for a sweet treat or run up the hill to Julian for lunch or dinner at the Julian Beer Company.
- Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
- E-Bikes Allowed: YES, Class 1 and 2 only
- Suggested Route: Santa Ysabel East Loop - 15.5 miles, 2187 feet of elevation gain
- Land Status: County Managed
- Land Manager: County of San Diego
- Santa Ysabel County Preserves Webpage
- Santa Ysabel Nature Center Webpage