Overview. Locations 1-4 covered 2 squirrels. I expected the hike to be a boring stroll (and, that is part of the reason, I didn't take it for such a long time), but it turned out to be a rather good workout, going all … The GVTT stretches for approximately 1.2 level miles, but if you're looking for a great workout, turn left at the sign post to Ramona Dam and begin an uphill ascent to Lake Ramona. Nice nature walk trail; especially at sunrise. Heading through the oak tree canopy on the Blue Sky Reserve. Overview Individual Trip Writeups. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Distance 2.4 miles from the trail head, round trip 4.8 miles. Watch for the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve sign on the left, and turn into the nearby parking lot. Is this a kid friendly hike: Yes this hike is kid friendly. Lake Ramona via Lake Poway-min read. Access is available through the Blue Sky Ecological Preserve. At approximately 3.2 miles, Espola Road begins to curve south, you will find the entrance to Blue Sky Ecological Reserve on the left. The lake was really great to swim in. Trail head is to the right. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is a 700 acre preserve that encompasses most of Warren Canyon leading up to Lake Ramona. Bring lots of water to keep hydrated. Decided to go on a Tuesday, around 8am. note that the road becomes espola Road at the summerfield intersection. Sure enough I found what looked like a old service road going up the side of the hill and decided to follow it to its end over looking the northern side of the dam. Lake Poway; Blue Sky Ecological Reserve; Ramona Grasslands Preserve; Palomar County Park; ramona campgrounds. Google Earth: Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Dam. Once you have made your way to the trailhead for Blue Sky Reserve. I also decided to do this on a day when it was 97 degrees out so maybe I’m just a little bitter haha! Note that the the road becomes Espola Road and the Summerfield intersection. The Weekend Hike: Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake is on Saturday February 23, 2019. Blue Sky Reserve Trailhead. Espola will keep heading east and then hit a right bend, right after the bend in the road you should see the entrance for the Blue Sky Reserve on your left hand side. The road follows an ephemeral stream until it opens up into chaparral. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Blue Sky. Looking down at the Ramona Dam with Mt Woodson and Lake Poway in the background. 5 Miles. Quick, but steep trail. In order to use RunSignup, your browser must accept cookies. The lake up top is awesome. This trip is about 10 miles round-trip, with ~2350' altitude gain and loss. Old service road making its way up the side of the first hill on the northern side of the dam. Green Valley Truck Trail runs through the reserve, leading up to Lake Ramona, and several side trails offer further opportunities for exploration. Pretty empty trail with not a lot of shade especially once you reach the uphill portion. A closer look at the terraced mountain side and Mt Woodson looming in the back ground. the Lake is so beautiful, Ellie Lane Trail to Iron Mountain Trail Loop, Rattlesnake Creek to Tooth Rock Loop Trail, Fletcher Point from Rancho Bernardo Community Park, Lake Poway and Lake Ramona to Mount Woodson Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY]. Fully trained Docents offer hands-on experiences to identify and observe plants and animals, resource preservation activities, and programs. I thought I had some snake tracks in the dirt road on the way up, but I thought naw, that’s to big for a snake. Also make sure to bring water with you. From there you'll see the boulders in the distance, on the hillside northwest of the lake. Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Dam. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve To Mt. 20160710_DSC6042-EditBlueSky . Don’t know if I’d do this hike again. Overview Individual Trip Writeups. The first portion of this hike is great. The trailhead is to the right. Here in Ohio’s Western Basin of Lake Erie we have the best walleye fishing in the world. This area can get really hot once you make your way out of the shade of the oak trees and up towards the dam. It can get pretty hot, the last mile or so ha no shade. Lot of tree frogs. Time to Complete: 1.5 -2 hours. Take a leisurely trek through oak woodland in Poway's Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. The hike overall is good, but I prefer the trail to Lake Poway. Head down the road onto the dirt service road ( Green Valley Truck Trail). description: Residential mountain town in the San Diego mountains, with antique shops & plenty restaurants. Blue Sky Trail to Lake Ramona DOI: 10.2126/HGS476-005 Poway, CA -- Oak woodland, riparian habitat, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral lend variety to this oasis near the suburbs of Poway. Intermediate. Feeling a little more adventurous I made may around the towards the northern side of the dam because I wanted to see if there was a way to get up on the first hill side and get a better view of the area. Keep your eyes open for these snakes while hiking. 20160710_DSC6043BlueSky The climb is steady and, at times, steep so expect a good workout if you plan to go past the first mile of the trail. Trail head is to the right. The first 1.5 miles of trail winds its way through the oaks and is pretty easy before it starts making its way up towards the Ramona Dam. Lake Poway Recreation area and the Mt Woodson Trail. And a mule deer, quails, geese, various plant species everywhere. The road is narrow and winding and you need to honk going around corners- but the view was fantastic! Don't … Blue Sky-Ramona Lake Hiking trail in Green Valley, California (United States). Pretty soon the road starts to make its way under the oak tree canopy as it winds its way through the Blue Sky Reserve. This is a good spot to sit, take in the view and have something to munch on before making your way back down to the dam and back down the road. Fully trained Docents offer hands-on experiences to identify and observe plants and animals, resource preservation activities, and programs. The road winding its way up from Blue Sky Reserve towards the Ramona Dam. Lake Poway to Lake Ramona is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Lake Ramona via Lake Poway-min read. Woodson, Iron Mountain, and Lake Ramona. blUe sky tRail to lake RaMona From i-15, exit at Rancho Bernardo Road and travel east for 3.5 miles. The trail is large, clean and well maintained. Green Valley Truck Trail runs through the reserve, leading up to Lake Ramona, and several side trails… Yes there is some incline but it’s towards the end, and overall this is not a challenging trail at all if you‘re a moderately active person! Brilliant colors of wild flowers on the hillsides in spring, the songs of birds, and the tree-lined … The first part of the trail is very pretty. I’ve hiked up Mt Woodson so many times it was nice to get a different perspective on the mountain. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is a 700 acre canyon just north of Lake Poway, containing a beautiful mix of riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats. The Reserve is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve offers hikers a unique destination just outside of Poway. This trip is about 10 miles round-trip, with ~2350' altitude gain and loss. You can park at 16313 Espola Road, Poway, CA and from there hike 3 miles up to the top of the lake’s dam. To Lake Ramona. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve to Lake Ramona This is the sign at the entrance to the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. There are no fees to fish at Lake Ramona, but a valid California Sport Fishing License is required for all anglers 16 years of age or older. Woodson Via Lake Poway Trail, Mt. This tranquil setting above Blue Sky affords incredible views of Poway and beyond. This junction is about a mile into the hike and connects with the Lake Poway Recreation area and the Mt Woodson Trail. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is a 700 acre canyon just north of Lake Poway, containing a beautiful mix of riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats. Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake Trail is a 9.3 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Woodson open-space area is on the east, and Lake Ramona is on the north. When you turn left to go up to the lake, the trail is exposed and has much more of an incline, especially the part right before the lake (that bit is on asphalt and not particularly pretty). 20160710_DSC6043BlueSky . If you pack it in pack it out to keep this trail nice and clean. Very nice views at the top. Great hike was a bit hot today. Woodson open-space area is on the east, and Lake Ramona is on the north. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is a 700-acre canyon. Good hike, it starts easy but it gets steeper going closer to the lake. More fun at treat for eyes and taste buds can be found at the Hamburger Factory Restaurant 14122 Midland Road (N32 58.207 W117 02.167) From Blue Sky turn left on Espola Rd Drive approximately 3 miles and turn right on Twin Peaks. Last bit is paved and steep, wide and easy terrain. 20160710_DSC6042-EditBlueSky. Sat, Feb 1, 2020, 8:00 AM: The description of the event, (MODERATE-HARD) Blue Sky to Ramona Lake Trail Hike in Poway, is available only to members. Otherwise, you will not be able to register for races or use other functionality of the website. As the main trail, it climbs up to Ramona Dam and Ramona Lake where hikers will enjoy scenic views of the area. As you continue on the main trail past the junction you will pass by the outdoor classroom, which consists of 4 picnic tables and a bathroom. [Hike] Blue Sky Eco Reserve to Lake Ramona Dam This is was one of those hikes that beat my expectation totally! on Feb 22, 2009 in El Cajon, CA(San Diego metro area) at Postal code 92019, US. It is located in Poway CA on the east side of Espola Rd just before it makes a turn to the west and heads towards Rancho Bernardo. Directions: Fron I-15, exit at Rancho Bernardo Road and travel east for 3.5 miles. It is estimated that millions of walleye are caught in our area each year. The Reserve is bordered by permanent open space except for the urban area on the west: Lake Poway is on the south, the Mt. Once at the top, enjoy the view over the blue waters of the lake. Charter a Lake Erie fishing trip with Blue Sky Charters. I expected the hike to be a boring stroll (and, that is part of the reason, I didn't take it for such a long time), but it turned out to be a rather good workout, going all … Blue Sky. By the time I had gotten to that area the 4-5 foot long rattle snake was making his way across the road. The Green Valley Truck Trail is the primary trail in the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve To Mt. Distance: 5.29 miles.Elevation Gain: 818 feet.Time to Complete: 1.5 -2 hours.Level: Easy to Medium Intensity Directions: The easiest way to get to the start of this hike would be to head to the 15 freeway, north or south, but you want to get to the Rancho Bernardo Road Exit and take Rancho Bernardo Road east. Equipment you will need. ... After about 1.5 miles, take a left at a junction, and the trail gets noticeably steeper as you climb toward Lake Ramona. last part near the dams paved but steep. Locations 1-4 covered 2 squirrels. 1 coyote Lot of tree frogs. The first 1.5 mile stretch is a flat walk, and then starts to incline. This is not a really hard hike, running shoes would do you fine on this hike, although I always recommend a good pair of hiking boots and wool socks over running shoes for a hike any day. Rancho Bernardo Road will turn into Espola road as it cross’s Pomerado Road, but don’t worry just keep on the same road. As you make your way up the road the northern side of Mt Woodson starts to make its presence known. You can park at 16313 Espola Road, Poway, CA and from there hike 3 miles up to the top of the lake’s dam. Dos Picos Campground Lake Jennings Campground Palomar Mountain Camping Laguna Mountain Campground. Saw a legitimate BALD EAGLE fly over the lake!!!!! As the trail leads down from Lake Poway it eventually intersects with a portion of Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Lot of tree frogs. At about 1.25 miles into the hike you will reach the end of the trees and start making your way up the road towards the Ramona Dam. There are no fees to fish at Lake Ramona, but a valid California Sport Fishing License is required for all anglers 16 years of age or older. Fishing doesn't get any better than this! The Weekend Hike: Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake is on Saturday February 23, 2019. Blue Sky to Ramona Lake is a well maintained trail. Brad Spiess, All Rights Reserved. It feels super weird to know you’re in a somewhat-residential area and not fully connected to nature. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. The large round stonework on the half-columns as you turn into the driveway and on the chimney outside and inside the cabin are unique touches that add to the feeling that you are miles away from the everyday. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Hiking Fitness & Hiking Related Injuries. Eventually if you keep looking to get to the top you will see a rock with a old white X painted on top of it. As the main trail, it climbs up to Ramona Dam and Ramona Lake where hikers will enjoy scenic views of the area. Lake Hodges Lake Poway S a n t a Y s a b e l C r e e k Poway e Ramona Escondido ... BLUE SKY ECOLOGICAL RESERVE San Diego County ´ 0 2 Miles January 2019 - WLB Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Approximately 15 mi to San Diego Cleveland National Forest Boden Canyon Ecological Reserve Approximately 27 mi to Temecula Gr en Va l y BSER is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game, County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Poway, and the nonprofit Friends of Blue Sky Canyon. The lake is closed off and you can’t reach it at all. Woodson Trail, Fry-Koegel Trail, Ridge Trail To Mt. Chloe’s Lake Lodge offers an unforgettable afternoon of fishing and nature or just taking pictures of the beautiful scenery, or the beautiful water fall right in front of the lodge. 4-5 foot rattle snake coiling up a little on the road up to Ramona Dam. I was not disappointed when on my way down some guy warned me about the big rattle snake on the side of the road just ahead. You can see the terraced mountain side where it looks like there used to be some avocado groves. From the half-way point at the top of Lake Ramona, you'll enjoy panoramic views of Lake Poway as well. The Weekend Hike: Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake is on Saturday February 23, 2019. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve RECOMMENDED ROUTE. Otherwise, you will not be able to register for races or use other functionality of the website. The GVTT stretches for approximately 1.2 level miles, but if you're looking for a great workout, turn left at the sign post to Ramona Dam and begin an uphill ascent to Lake Ramona. So bring plenty of water, The steep hike was not worth the views but good cardio. There are bathrooms near the trailhead and there are also bathrooms along the main trail as it goes through the oaks ( Green valley Truck Trail) and the Poway Lake Trail. Brilliant colors of wild flowers on the hillsides in spring, the songs of birds, and the tree-lined … In that spirit, I went to Blue Sky Ecological Reserve the other night. Be careful as you make your way through this area, there is a lot of poison oak around here. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve RECOMMENDED ROUTE. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. Instead they find some rocks to climb. The climb is steady and, at times, steep so expect a good workout if you plan to go past the first mile of the trail. It is easy to hike to the Lake Ramona dam. Green Valley Truck Trail runs through the reserve, leading up to Lake Ramona, and several side trails… Overview. Following the advice of Roam o Rama, we headed up to Ramona on a half day off from work. As you can see from the video below: © Copyright 2013-2019. 55 reviews Hiking “The way to Lake Poway I call a miniature Iron Mountain and try way to Lake Ramona is like a mini Mt. Green Valley Truck Trail at Blue Sky Ecological Reserve to Ramona Lake. With an appropriate licence you can fish in the lake. Blue Sky Reserve is a great place to take a walk with or without your dog. Did this a couple weeks ago and it was actually a great workout, the incline before the lake was tough! Level: Easy to Medium Intensity, Directions: The easiest way to get to the start of this hike would be to head to the 15 freeway, north or south, but you want to get to the Rancho Bernardo Road Exit and take Rancho Bernardo Road east. Hike 2 1/2 miles to the Lake Ramona dam from the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve parking lot. Sat, Feb 1, 2020, 8:00 AM: The description of the event, (MODERATE-HARD) Blue Sky to Ramona Lake Trail Hike in Poway, is available only to members. Woodson” See all Blue Sky Ecological Reserve reviews Lake Poway Trail. Otherwise, you will not be able to register for races or use other functionality of the website. Google Earth: Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Dam. The Green Valley Truck Trail is the primary trail in the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Tucked behind this rock is a Geocache box if you feel so inclined to sign the register. In order to use RunSignup, your browser must accept cookies. Ramona Dam. The trail junction with the Green Valley Truck Trail (Blue Sky Reserve) and the Lake Poway Recreation Area. Oct 8, 2015 - Hiking San Diego with Dogs. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trailhead Address: 16275 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064 Directions: From I-15, take exit 24, Rancho Bernardo Road. one of my favorite hikes. I went there to try a new place and see what it was all about. note that the road becomes espola Road at the summerfield intersection. Starting down the road and main trail ( Green Valley Truck Trail) for Blue Sky. Lake Poway Recreation Area not only serves as the water supply for residents, but also has provided exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities since 1972. All locations covered All locations covered 5 coyotes 2 ground squirrels 1 deer 1 rabbit Locations 1-5 covered 2 squirrels. From what I understand, generally if you leave the snake alone, it will leave you alone as well. Woodson. It begins with a flat shaded hike, before reaching a steep incline after about 1.5 miles heading up to Lake Ramona. I left for Blue Sky Ecological REserver at about 4:30 pm. The trail here is more exposed, so make sure you have appropriate sun protection and plenty of water. Take in views of Lake Ramona and the distant Lake Poway on this easy, oak tree-filled path. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is a 700-acre oak-lined canyon flanked by coastal sage scrub and chaparral-covered hills. Dogs are also able to use this trail. This entry was posted in American Crow, Corvids and tagged Barnett Ranch, Blue Sky Preserve, Cuyamaca State Park, Daley Ranch, Dixon Lake, Dos Picos, El Capitan, Highland Valley Road, Lake Cuyamaca, Lake Henshaw, Lake Hodges, Lake Jennings, Lake Ramona, Lake Sutherland, Lake Wohlford, Leulf Pond, Mission Trails, Otay Lakes, Palomar Mountain, Pamo Road, Point Loma, Ramona … All locations covered All locations covered 5 coyotes 2 ground squirrels 1 deer 1 rabbit Locations 1-5 covered 2 squirrels. Watch for the Blue sky ecologi-cal Reserve sign on the left, and turn into the nearby parking lot. Woodson Via Lake Poway Trail, Mt. Woodson Mountain-min read. Woodson Trail, Fry-Koegel Trail, Ridge Trail To Mt. Poway. Bring your family, school, or scout group for an invigorating hike or outdoor nature program in this unique habitat. It begins with a flat shaded run, before reaching a steep incline after about 1.5 miles heading up to Lake Ramona. Blue Sky Reserve: Beautiful walk in nature - See 33 traveler reviews, 23 candid photos, and great deals for Poway, CA, at Tripadvisor. Awesome. The first part of the trail is shaded with large trees this helps a lot because the second half of the trail does not have any shade. Blue Sky Trail to Lake Ramona DOI: 10.2126/HGS476-005 Poway, CA -- Oak woodland, riparian habitat, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral lend variety to this oasis near the suburbs of Poway. Please note: as of October 2020 lake access is reportedly closed. BSER is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game, County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Poway, and the nonprofit Friends of Blue Sky Canyon. Turn left at the Lake Ramona fork as the trail begins a gradual ascent. A good sign to back off and let him be. Poway Tourism; Poway Accommodation; Poway Holiday Rentals; Poway Holiday Packages; Poway Flights; Poway Restaurants; Poway Attractions; Poway Travel Forum; Poway Photos Watch for the Blue sky ecologi-cal Reserve sign on the left, and turn into the nearby parking lot. You can hike 1.5 miles each way on the mostly flat valley dirt and gravel road or follow the road all the way to the Ramona Dam, another 1.5 miles. Lake Poway gates open at 6 a.m. daily and are closed and locked at sunset. The lovely Bird Song Lake reminds you of something out of a storybook. 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