Blue Sky Reserve

  • September 26, 2013 · 5:30 PM
  • Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

The hike: The out-and-back hike starts along an old unpaved road (The Green Valley Truck Trail) through a riparian habitat. After a mile the trail turns uphill and climbs for a bit less than two miles to the top of the Ramona Dam.  Distance to the dam and back is 5 miles with 800 foot elevation change. Walking time is about two hours.

Needed: Good hiking shoes, sun protection and water are highly recommended (it might be warm). Depending on actual starting time and our pace, we may or may not make it all the way to the dam since we need to be back by sunset to retrieve cars before the parking lot is locked.

About Blue Sky: Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is a 700-acre oak-lined canyon flanked by coastal sage scrub and chaparral-covered hills. The Reserve is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Brilliant colors of wild flowers on the hillsides in spring, the songs of birds, and the tree-lined creek provide an inviting escape for a nature walk. The trails are open to the public free of charge during daylight hours.

Please be on time as we will be leaving on time.

DIRECTIONS FROM I-15 TAKE RANCHO BERNARDO ROAD EXIT, HEAD EAST ON RANCHO BERNARDO ROAD/ESPOLA ROAD FOR APPROXIMATELY THREE MILES. BLUE SKY RESERVE IS ON ESPOLA ROAD, APPROXIMATELY 1/4 MILE SOUTH OF THE OLD COACH ROAD/BRIDLEWOOD ROAD TRAFFIC LIGHT INTERSECTION.

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  • LYNN N.

    Thanks you for responding; something come up I have to go up toIC and will not make it back on time to go; will try next time

    September 26, 2013

  • LYNN N.

    Please, how does this work?

    September 25, 2013

    • Jim

      Sorry for the delay -- Bring -- for a hike like this, all you really need to bring is water; Wear -- Any type of "outdoor" shoes, tennis shoes are fine, a hat is a good idea, clothes suitable for the temperature; Meet -- in the parking lot, we'll be the only group of a dozen plus people. Hope to see you this evening!

      September 26, 2013

  • LYNN N.

    This is my first time hiking. Please help! What do I need to bring? How should I dress? Where do I meet you guys?

    September 25, 2013

  • Mary C.

    Hey Jim, Although I was planning on joining the group tomorrow, I don't think it's going to be possible. Hopefully another time. thanks for organizing.

    September 25, 2013

  • Jim B

    Sunset is at 6:39. I'm going to start at 4:30 so that I can make it to Ramona Lake and back before the gate is locked.

    September 24, 2013

    • Denise

      If you guys can wait until 4:45, I will join you too

      September 24, 2013

    • Jim B

      Sure. 4:45 still gives us plenty of time.

      September 24, 2013

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