Upper Santa Ysabel Trail

Ramona, California (San Diego County)

Last Updated: 10/29/2017
4.9 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.37 miles
Highest Elevation: 1700 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Ramona
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ramona
Official Road Name: 12S07
Management Agency: US Forest Service
District: Palomar Ranger District


Highlight: Upper Santa Ysabel Trail
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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1. Upper Santa Ysabel Trail & Black Canyon Rd ( mi)
This gate is not clearly marked. There are no signs or road markers.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ramona

From downtown Ramona take CA-78 east to Sutherland Dam Rd and go left. Continue on for 3.9 miles and go right on Black Canyon Rd. The gate to the trail head is a couple hundred yards ahead on the left.


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David May

Mapping Crew - California

I have been a southern California native my entire life. Growing up we spent a lot of time in the Eastern High Sierras, the Calico Canyons and the San Bernadino Mountains. When I got my first car, my free time revolved around it. A few years later I got my first off-road truck. Now I was able spend time doing all the things I loved. Over the years I have had a variety of different off-road vehicles. Some were stock, while others were highly modified. With my son recently getting his own 1st generation Toyota 4Runner, we have been spending more time working on his truck and hitting the trails. Whether exploring, hiking, hunting or camping, being outdoors with my family is how I want to spend my down time. Life is too short to spend it on the couch. Go out there and find your next adventure.
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