Upper Santa Ysabel Trail

4.9/5 (14 reviews)
Ramona, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 10/29/2017
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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

4.9/5 (14 reviews)
Status: Open
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.
Status: Open
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.
Status: Open
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.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/31/2021

Stayed in 4H through most of route. Only switched to 4L temporarily to get up a steep section of rocks. The views are beautiful. Saw several dual sport bikes running the same trail.
Trail Review: Upper Santa Ysabel Trail - Stan Lundeen
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 03/27/2021

Closed :(

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