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Lower Creek Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 409' 125 m
Descent: -434' -132 m
High: 3,166' 965 m
Low: 2,798' 853 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Matthew Kidd

An overlooked beauty.

Matthew Kidd

Features River/Creek · Views

Closes after ½" or more of rain (or any snow) until trails dry out to prevent damage.

Description

Folks in Ramona, Julian, and Santa Ysabel undoubtedly know about Santa Ysabel Open Space but I feel it gets overlooked by San Diegans in their rush to visit the Anza-Borrego desert, stuff their mouths with pie in Julian, or complete a day driving loop through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. That's too bad because they are missing an easy run with whimsical views in land that stays green longer owing to its elevation.

The trail follows a dirt road with a small climb before dropping to Santa Ysabel Creek near the end and then climbing away from the creek. It's mostly exposed so take plenty of water if you're running in the summer. Having come 2 miles already, it works well to complete a lollipop route via the short Santa Ysabel Ridge Trail, a segment of the Coast to Crest Trail: Santa Ysabel West to Highway 79 trail, and the Santa Ysabel Upper Creek Trail, before returning the way you came.

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#2,672

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#22,498

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Santa Ysabel Open Space becomes a contrast of grey and green shortly after a winter rainstorm.
Jun 2, 2017 near Julian, CA
Springtime brings greenery in Santa Ysabel West Preserve.
May 31, 2017 near Julian, CA
Santa Ysabel Creek is quite beautiful as it flows full of spring runoff.
May 31, 2017 near Julian, CA
Hikers climb away from Santa Ysabel Creek.
May 31, 2017 near Julian, CA

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