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Upper Santa Ysabel Trail

4.4/5 (16 reviews)
Ramona, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 10/29/2017

Trail Information


Upper Santa Ysabel Trail is located in northern San Diego county. The trail runs along Black Mountain which provides great views of the canyons below. This short trail is not just scrub brush and boulders. As you go down into one of the multiple canyons, you will find lots of oak trees and seasonal streams.

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Trail Reviews

4.4/5 (16 reviews)
Temporary Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/05/2023

The gate was closed
Rated 1/5
Visited: 12/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Super easy drive with great views at the top. On most days a 2wd SUV could make it up the trail.
Visited: 07/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Very easy trail. Should be a 1-2. It’s a nice drive but nothing technical really at all.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Easy trail with a stock high clearance SUV. Great views all around. Watch out for MTB and dirt bikes.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/07/2021

Very easy trail just very narrow just beware of on coming traffic. Had my truck in 2wd all the way.

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