Rainy Santa Ysabel Hike (12 photos)

Thankfully, we had another day with clouds and rain. Together with my friends Joe and Jim, I went to Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve East and we hiked in from the eastern entrance into the preserve, which lies closer to Julian, a bit north of the entrance to the Vulcan Mountain Preserve. Both preserve belong to the San Dieguito River Park system of preserves and open spaces that stretch from the coast at Del Mar up to Volcan Mountain.

On the way we briefly stopped at Calico Ranch Road near Wynola – in an orchard, the apple trees were in bloom already, it looked very pretty against the overcast and moody skies. Once arrived at the preserve, we began our hike and braved the rain and the gusty, cold wind.

Luckily, the sun came out and the rain stopped as we continued the hike up to Kanaka Flats. The cows didn’t mind the weather or us and we took our time wandering up the hill that marks the western boundary of the preserve – our feet were soaking wet already anyway from walking through the wet grass on the trail.

We didn’t complete the loop around Kanaka Flats – we had reached saturation I guess, both in terms of photos and exposure to the weather. :) So we went back just the way we came, back to the trailhead. And no hike in the area would be complete without a stop at the Julian Pie Company’s Santa Ysabel location of course for a hot coffee and a piece of apple pie with whipped cream. :-)

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