Easy Hike at Ramona Grasslands Preserve

This is a nice and easy hike that has a few decent hills but nothing major. About 3 miles and it's a perfect hike for beginners, older dogs and puppies:) Join me with Huck, Wyatt and Lily, for Lily's first "hike". This is a great place to bring them to get them out in nature. We will run into cows, horseback riders and other hikers and dogs. Because it is a very busy preserve with alot of other animals please note THIS IS AN ONLEASH HIKE, PLEASE NO FLEXI LEASHES.
The Santa Maria Valley’s remaining grasslands are largely intact, though fragmented by roads and subjected to edge effects by adjacent residential and infrastructure development. The Ramona Grasslands Preserve includes a significant portion of the remaining undeveloped portion of the Santa Maria Creek watershed. The watershed supports a mosaic of habitat types, including native and non-native grasslands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, Santa Maria Creek, its adjacent riparian area, and a diversity of unique vernal pools, vernal swales, and alkali playas. Many rare animals make their homes in this area. Stephens' kangaroo rat, fairy shrimp, purple stipa, blue-eyed grass, and wooley blue curls are among the rare inhabitants. Birdwatchers are drawn to the grasslands for the spectacular number of hawks that spend the winter here. Santa Maria Creek, which runs through the grasslands, adds to the biodiversity.
Please make sure to bring water for your dog, poop bags.

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  • Lola

    Lovely. My pups were pooped out!

    February 24, 2013

  • Lola

    Lovely. My pups were pooped out!

    February 24, 2013

  • leanne

    excellent hike. really nice to meet all the new people. great group of dogs and hikers..

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Harley (my rescued Boxed) got car sick last time when we were heading Julian on our own, hope he would be fine this time.

    February 23, 2013

    • Carol

      Try giving him Dramamine... works wonders for my friends' dog Lola. They give her one pill--she's probably 40-50 lbs. No harm, and no sick!

      1 · February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Carol, thanks for the tip.

      February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    packing to move next week, and i just can't spare 3.5 hours right now. have a blast!!!

    February 23, 2013

  • Carol

    Can't make it now. Out of town guests arriving today...

    February 23, 2013

  • Parelli P.

    It is mainly open grasslands but winds under large oaks too. Cows graze anywhere they want and Maya, my 3 yo Lab, touched noses with one last time. :). The views are wonderful. It is supposed to be pretty windy!

    February 23, 2013

  • Lola

    Bringing my doxies, Penny and Regis.

    February 23, 2013

  • Debbie

    bummer! not going to be able to attend after all. Was looking forward to hiking somewhere new!

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring Harley, 11 year old yellow lab. Looking forward to meeting the pack

    February 20, 2013

  • hollie

    I would love to join you but won't be in town

    February 12, 2013

  • Carol

    That is, if I'm in town!!

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    plus 2 pups!

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there any trees in this preserve or is it literally all open and a field of grasses. I've never been there before. ?

    February 11, 2013

  • Andra & K.

    DRAT!!!! Kalani has her first of the year Dock Jumping up at Bass Pro @ Rancho Cucamonga! This sounds like a great one for me to get back into hiking!!!!

    February 11, 2013

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