Thomas Guide: 1136: A1
Santa Ysabel Preserve is one of the best secret places in San Diego County. The 3,800-acre preserve offers more than 11 miles of trails through oak woodlands, riparian, chaparral, and grassland habitats. We last did this walk in 2010. Birds then included: Wild Turkey, California Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Western Wood-Pewee, Mountain Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, and Lazuli Buntings. Afterward, join us for lunch at our cabin outside of Julian. Bring whatever lunch you wish. We will provide beverages, chips, fruit, cookies, and full bird feeders. Maps provided at the onset. No restrooms at the trailhead.
From Ramona take Highway 78 going east to Wynola. Turn left on Wynola Rd. for about 3.3 miles to Farmer Rd. Turn left on Farmer Rd (not right toward Julian which just precedes the left turn), and proceed about 1 mile to the marked parking area on the left. Travel time is about 90 minutes from San Diego.