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.