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HIKE - Ramona Grasslands Preserve

The preserve is in the Santa Maria Valley, west of Ramona and northeast of Mount Woodson, set in rolling pasturelands. At more than 3,500 acres, the preserve protects a large portion of a diverse ecosystem that is elsewhere at risk from residential development and other human encroachments. A 3.5-mile trail system allows visitors to explore approximately 480 acres that include vernal pools, alkali playas, and riparian areas along the Santa Maria Creek, as well as chaparral and grassland. Additional trails are planned for the future.

Two main loops constitute the trail system at Ramona Grasslands Preserve. The 1-mile Meadow Loop explores some typical grassland habitat and can be reached by taking an immediate left once you’ve passed through the gate at the rear of the parking lot. Take another left at the intersection with the main trail 0.5 mile from the parking lot to reach the Wildflower Loop where a few more habitat types can be explored. Begin by turning right at the fork and meander along a small creek and some low-lying grasslands. Look for birds in the various trees lining the broad dirt trail. The trail soon begins a small climb into classic chaparral habitat for the most challenging part of the hike, although still relatively easy at only about 200 feet of elevation gain. Descend back down towards the grasslands where you will find a pleasant lake with a picnic table before making your way back to the parking lot. Porta Potty at trailhead. Plenty of parking.


From CA-67 go north on Highland Valley Road for 2.3 miles. Turn left to stay on Highland Valley Road. Go 0.8 mile. Parking lot for the Ramona Grasslands Preserve is on the right. GPS: N33.03423, W116.95022

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 9:30 AM until 12:00 PM
East of Highway 67 at mile marker 3.1 on Highland Valley Road Ramona
17430 Highland Valley Road
Ramona, CA  
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