We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve

Review Highlights
Great walk!

Very enjoyable. We had a few mosquitoes at the beginning though not bad. Views are great. Likely to... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2018
Jimm B
Goodyear, Arizona
A day in the Country

It's like looking through a child's picture book of the ideal pasture. Green and rolling with big... read more

Reviewed March 14, 2017
San Diego, California
via mobile
Read all 16 reviews
All photos (17)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“rolling hills”(4 reviews)
“cows”(4 reviews)
“loop”(2 reviews)
Farmer Road, Julian, CA
Reviews (16)
Filter reviews
15 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews rolling hills cows loop oak miles
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 15 reviews
Reviewed July 12, 2018

Very enjoyable. We had a few mosquitoes at the beginning though not bad. Views are great. Likely to walk amongst some cows - but they are friendly!

Thank Jimm B
Reviewed March 5, 2018

Santa Isabel Open Space Preserve is a huge County Park with 18.5 miles of trails that are well-groomed and marked. There are two loop trails. Elevation gain is under 1000' on mostly rolling hills with oak woodlands and open meadows with wildflowers in season. Two...More

4  Thank dsrtgrl
Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

It's like looking through a child's picture book of the ideal pasture. Green and rolling with big blobs of lichen covered granite boulders and cows lazing about. When you think of San Diego you don't always think of winding country roads surrounded by Oaks and...More

Thank Challenger007
Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Had a great hike with my husband. Easy hike with one or two hills . The trail is open and well maintained. Highly recommended

Thank DanielaB
Reviewed March 20, 2016

What a gem for hiking! This is a beautiful hike with rolling hills, a babbling creek, and even grazing cattle Don't get me wrong, it is definitely a workout hiking up and down the hills but just so peaceful and visually relaxing. If you are...More

1  Thank SoCalAdventureSeeker
Reviewed March 17, 2016

One of the best places to hike in San Diego County. The rolling hills, great views and getting to see the cattle still on the preserve.

Thank R7948DVstephenh
Reviewed January 9, 2016

This preserve is quite beautiful with diverse landscape and hardly anyone else on the trail. I have done several trail runs from the East trailhead to the West trailhead (about 7-9 miles, depending on how you do it) and it is so enjoyable. (I get...More

Thank dlcarson23
Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

They were off in the distance chasing rabbits, that they could not catch. A lovely place for a picnic lunch. I go and get a Dudley's sandwich and just be with nature. Tons of open dpace and eady hiking. During the winter the hills are...More

1  Thank email4saundra1
Reviewed July 28, 2013

The hike from the trailhead is somewhat hilly, but it is worth the ups and downs just for the views. Worth every step.

Thank f16addict
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Beautiful vistas of back country mountains and meadows which easily accessible either by walking or by mountain bike. The preserve is pet friendly as long as dogs are kept on leashes. It is adjacent to open range ranches so don't be surprised if you encounter...More

3  Thank Pentaxian
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
Apple Tree Inn
63 reviews
5.69 km away
Julian Lodge
145 reviews
5.79 km away
Pine Hills Lodge
67 reviews
8.99 km away
Riviera Oaks Resort & Racquet Club
169 reviews
21.79 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 28 nearby restaurants
Julian Pie Company
500 reviews
5.58 km away
Jeremy's On The Hill
241 reviews
5.67 km away
Apple Alley Bakery
184 reviews
5.62 km away
Mom's Pie House
305 reviews
5.65 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 51 nearby attractions
Eagle and High Peak Mine
246 reviews
5.64 km away
Volcan Mountain Winery
36 reviews
2.72 km away
Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
35 reviews
.00 km away
Julian Pioneer Museum
45 reviews
5.70 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines